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  1. Looks That Kill

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    Cuznred,

    i agree. I put a Masterworks order in for some of the same Matte Black #124 finish drums back in September. The only reason I didn't just go with the MCT shells is because there's no variety of snare drums. I like having 12" and 13" snare drums, so I went with MW for the main kit.

    However, I ordered some of the stock MCT shells in the Matte Black in order to make some custom smaller set ups. At least they will match my MW kit. I should be getting the shells this week and then I'll have to do some custom modifications on them.

    One of the builds I'm planning with the new MCT shells will be a "Martini" kit with 14x12 kick, 10x13 floor, and 8x8 tom. I have a 5x12 Sensitone Steel snare drum that I'll use along with it. It will be about 1/3 the cost to do this special kit with the #124 MCT shells than it would have been to add it to a Masterworks order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CUZNRED View Post
    Looking forward to seeing that
    It's cold where I live, so it might take a month or two for me to be able to get out in the shop and do the custom work. I just wanted to pick up the shells while they are still in stock. I wouldn't be surprised if they replace the matte black with piano black after NAMM in January. I'm sure the matte black won't stay in stock very long.

    Fortunately, Pearl also makes 14" marching bass drum hoops in the same finish so I'll be able to use those to match the 14x12 tom for the little kick drum. I also have to order some custom bass drum heads from Remo since they don't stock standard bass drum heads the 14" size. It will take a couple of months to get those from Remo too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    However, I ordered some of the stock MCT shells in the Matte Black in order to make some custom smaller set ups. At least they will match my MW kit. I should be getting the shells this week and then I'll have to do some custom modifications on them.
    Years back, Al Percival told me that the #124 finish made for non-Masterworks drums does not match the #124 finish applied to MW drums. Do you think that has changed, or do you think the difference is minor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Years back, Al Percival told me that the #124 finish made for non-Masterworks drums does not match the #124 finish applied to MW drums. Do you think that has changed, or do you think the difference is minor?
    It's the same.

    However, there are now different versions of "matte black." There is also a satin version and a caviar version.

    The satin version is used for the "Modern Utility" snare drums and doesn't show any of the wood grain. There is also a glossy version of the back showing the wood grain which was used for the wood Firecracker snare drums and the club cajon.

    There might be some confusion because the #124 is called "matte black" and "black mist." I can't tell the difference between samples of the "satin black" and the "caviar black" either.

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    Last edited by MusicMan; 12-09-2018 at 09:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CUZNRED View Post
    well I hope they don't replace the matte black because I want to get some component drums
    They'll probably have stock for a while since most people just buy the shell packs. However, I would imagine they will swap some colors (but previous colors will probably be available by special order for a while). We'll see.

    Which component sizes are you thinking about adding to your kit?

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    Last edited by MusicMan; 12-11-2018 at 05:53 PM.
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    Cuznred,

    My shells for the MCT "Martini" kit are supposed to arrive at the end of the week.

    I hope I can get a warm day sometime over the holidays to work on the kick drum. It will need to be drilled for spurs, a JG-16 mount (riser), a BT-3 tom mount, and the additional holes for the CL-250 bass drum lugs to accommodate the matching hoops and bass drum claws.

    I also have to drill one of the toms for floor tom leg brackets.

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    When you get the black mist up can you take some photos
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    Quote Originally Posted by richie rich View Post
    When you get the black mist up can you take some photos
    Picked them up saturday got the 10-12-16-22 pack will be adding to this over time. I plan on getting them set up and photographed this evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CUZNRED View Post
    Picked up my black mist kit today, I love this kit!
    Please post some pictures
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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    Please post some pictures
    I am hoping to get these set up tomorrow night. Been so busy lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CUZNRED View Post
    I am hoping to get these set up tomorrow night. Been so busy lately.
    Looking forward to it.
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    It is really good to hear how much you like the MCT kits, CUZNRED. I know you weren't sure when you set up the first one.

    In the 2019 NAMM thread I mentioned that I would prefer fully finished hoops so I have a dealer looking into it. I love my MCT kit and decided to customize mine instead of moving up for now. I already replaced all the tension rods to stainless except the bass drum so far. The rods for the bass drum are like $10 each. I have 22x16, 10x7, 12x8, 16x16 and matching 14x5.5 snare. I plan to get a 14x14 also as going from the 12" tom to 16" is like falling in a well so the 14" would really even it out. These drum really resonate.

    I enjoy posts from you both, MusicMan & CUZNRED. Thanks!

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