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  1. FKA Tasty808

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    Default Finally! Shell bank completed!

    I've been wanting to complete my shell bank for quite some time. I put it off for a bit when I came across this Session Studio Select kit in Black Halo Glitter with satin hardware already installed for only $1,099(!) from Drum center of Portsmouth. The shells were all in great shape but the satin was not, and whoever owned this kit before me had absolutely no clue how to install the lugs properly. They were so tight that every lug left an indent on the shell and some of the gaskets were upside down and even backwards. Needless to say, the over tightening of the lug screws destroyed a bunch of the gaskets, so I had to wait for new ones to arrive so I could finish putting everything back together.

    Anyway, gaskets acquired, cleaning and assembly finished, on to the next part of the journey. I won't get into the whole beginning of this decision to put a shell bank together with the Crimson Burst kit, but I will say the difficulty in finding genuine Pearl hardware in satin finish led me to go back to chrome hardware for my kit(s). I've always wanted options with my drums when setting up. I have so many cymbals (what happened to the List Your Cymbals thread?) I can set up whatever I want but what if I want to play a 24" kick? I could bust out the old Gretsch kit but then I don't have a matching tom. I had my Session Studio Classic with the satin hardware and a 20" kick but no 10" tom. I had my vintage DLX kit but only with the 22" kick. After the Black Halo kit was finished a few weeks ago I finally ordered the Session Studio Select Vintage Crimson Burst 24" shell pack. I only needed the 24" kick and the 18" floor but DCP hooked me up with 20% off which made the $1,270 price tag way less expensive than purchasing them individually. Hopefully I will be able to sell the 13" tom and extra 16" floor tom and make some of my money back.

    Here is a family photo of all the drums together:
    8x7, 10x7, and 12x8 toms. 14x14, 16x16, and 18x16 floor toms. 20x14, 22x16, and 24x14 kick drums. 14x8 snare.
    All of the drums have Fat Tone hoops and stainless steel tension rods. The 8" and 10" toms have aluminum Optimounts. The 12" will be in a snare stand.

    Then some pics of their current set up.
    24" kick, 12" tom, 16" and 18" floors, 14"x6.5" LE BOB snare.
    (Note, I do have the Fat Tone hoops and SS tension rods for the 18" floor but I'm waiting on my new heads before the swap.)
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  2. FKA Tasty808

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    I'll probably drop some serious cash into this kit later on down the road. I'd like to upgrade it and make it my own with Reference series spurs, claw hooks, and maybe fully finished hoops for the kick drums. I'd start with the 20" since it's my favorite. I don't think you could even order these lugs on a Masterworks kit, but they are my favorite style and I have a picture to illustrate why.


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    This is what it looks like under a Masters series bridge lug after a years worth of playing. Now, I get that some of you like to store your drums in bags or keep a sheet or dust cover over your kit when not in use. I don't. I love to see my drums! I sometimes go upstairs just to look at them! I keep my snare rack and extra drums under dust covers, but not my kit. I'm also the kind of guy, and I know many of you are like this as well, that likes to take it all apart and give everything a good cleaning. There's a certain sense of satisfaction that you get when you put a kit back together and you know you did it properly and with a passion that a factory worker might not put into it. It's just a little more satisfying than setting up drums straight out of the box when you know it's exactly where you want it to be with your heads and tuning and knowing all the screws are tightened properly...

  3. NO KIT TOO BIG

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    DUDE! Those kits look incredible. You must be a happy drummer now. Love the crimson burst finish too.
    Pearl, Natal, Ludwig, Tama, Slingerland, Premier, Arbiter Drums
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    5 Kits and 11 Snares, and I still don't have enough!

  4. Pearl Masters Drummer

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    That finish and the upgraded opti mounts is gorgeous. Well done!!

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    Very nice collection Josh, congratulations! The kick drum choices are great, and that 8x14 snare probably kicks butt!
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    Very cool!! Looks like your shell “bank” is already generating interest
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  7. FKA Tasty808

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    Quote Originally Posted by RushDrums24 View Post
    DUDE! Those kits look incredible. You must be a happy drummer now. Love the crimson burst finish too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jutt8 View Post
    That finish and the upgraded opti mounts is gorgeous. Well done!!
    Thanks guys! I'm stoked!


    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Very nice collection Josh, congratulations! The kick drum choices are great, and that 8x14 snare probably kicks butt!
    Thanks man, it really does. That was actually the first Session Studio Select drum I picked up. The one that started it all.

    Quote Originally Posted by insane65 View Post
    Very cool!! Looks like your shell “bank” is already generating interest
    Ahhhhhhh, I see what you did there, lol.

  8. Dalmi Joedi - Jedi

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    Looks like you’re ready for anything. The finish is nice too.

  9. A Passion Play ...

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    Setup choices for days. Very well done. Great kit (s)
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    22"x18",10"x8",12"x9",16"x16". Ian Paice Snare. Why not ...

  10. FKA Tasty808

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale w miller View Post
    Looks like you’re ready for anything. The finish is nice too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Setup choices for days. Very well done. Great kit (s)
    Thanks guys! I'm a pretty happy guy right now!

  11. FKA Tasty808

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    Finally set the 22" kick up tonight with new heads. Played for a few hours and really enjoyed the sound.
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  12. Thwunk

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    This is awesome, loving the Zildjian cymbal bank too
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