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  1. Registered User

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    Default Favorite Session Studio finish

    Hey everyone-
    Im looking to purchase a second kit and have decided on a session studio with the 20 kick for a number of reasons.

    Its come time to choose a finish and cant decide between the Black Halo or the Antique Crimson. Id love to see these side by side somewhere but they are hard to come by. Anyone go through a similar decision? Any users of either finish care to throw their opinions out there? Im also a fan of the Ice Blue wrap but Im not a fan of wraps in general.

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    Brian

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    315 Antique Crimson Burst
    316 Black Halo glitter
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    316 w/o flash
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    another of 315 Antique Crimson burst (a real winner) IMHO.
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    STS 414 Ice Blue Oyster wrap (is really appealing)
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    But so is STS 405 Nicotine white marine Pearl
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    STS birch / african mahogany shell - beautiful!
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    Thanks Al- not sure if you’ve made this an easier decision or harder, haha. But none the less, I appreciate the pics. The Crimson lets the grain come through perfectly while the glitter pops. And those pics of the wraps may just change my opinion too haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by AL PERCIVAL View Post
    But so is STS 405 Nicotine white marine Pearl
    Gong drum from that angle looks sick. Definitely made the right decision with the finish and sizes.

    What comes to the debate between Antique Crimson Burst and Black Halo Glitter, my vote goes to the Antique Crimson. Having owned a set of Masterworks in Comet Sparkle, which is pretty much the same as Black Halo Glitter, I would never choose that finish again. I got bored with it so quick cause it popped too much and was more tacky than classy. Just my two cents.
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    Even color 314 Gloss Barnwood Brown burst shows the wood grains well. There really isn't a bad finish in the STS Session Studio Select line-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AL PERCIVAL View Post
    I'm supposed to be bias, but I have to admit I like the way the wood grain shows through the Antique Crimson Burst lacquer.
    It really looks beautiful! To be honest, I’m a bit jealous for you Americans for having so many more beautiful finish options.
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    Oh man... this is exactly the internal debate I've had going on since the introduction of the Session Studio Select line. I currently play the Session Studio Classic line in piano black (with Masters series satin hardware), but even when those came out I waited a year to see if they'd add a black sparkle finish. I've always wanted that halo flake with satin hardware. I had just enough satin hardware to cover a kick, 12" rack, and 14"&16" floor toms (and also the ten satin tube lugs and Mastercast hoops for my black brass snare).

    My ideal and "go-to" set up is 20" kick, 10" rack, and 16" floor Tom. But I love the classic 22",12",16" as well. So I decided I wanted a shell bank and its way easier to find drums with chrome hardware and nearly impossible to find Pearl's satin hardware anymore. So Crimson burst is what I decided on for my next kit!

    I already had the 14"x8" snare that I purchased for my snare collection just to see the finish in person. Then I found a steal of a deal on a lone 20" kick on eBay. And most recently I picked up an 8" Tom. Now I'm only a few hundred dollars away from ordering the 22,10,12,14,16 shell pack(!). I've also (slowly) been collecting chrome Mastercast hoops for all the toms. I have everything covered except for the 14" floor which is just not a priority since I never use one. I'm excited to have a red kit!
    The finish is amazing in person. The depth of the wood grain looks awesome as you move light or change your viewing angle.

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