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  1. Gear-Freak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan12 View Post
    No problem! And entirely agree! The only thing I might get tired of is having to dust it constantly but other than that, I’m sure I’ll love it forever. LOL. Still need to order an 18x16 (but I’m holding out hope of being able to get a great deal on one used) and also considering a 14x6.5 Reference Redline snare, even though my kit is just Piano Black with chrome hardware instead of black hardware. I do like my snares being a tad different. I’ve never had a matching snare for my Masters kit. Hahah.
    Yeah, the dusting really gets to me too sometimes!
    Man you really should get an 18” floor tom! It’s the best IMO. In the past I always had 14”+16” floors but there’s no going back anymore, 16”+18” just works on a different level. You can feel the rumble!
    I love the Redline with the red accenting gaskets. I’ve had two black on black kits and that combo looks so good. I totally agree on not having a matching snare. I used to be all for it, but honestly, I rarely used the matching stuff anywhere other than in the photos. Now I rock the Ian Paice signature and chrome goes nicely with anything!

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    I love the off-white front heads. It gives your kit some class.
    Thanks! I kinda dig them too, but I’m still gonna try the blacked out look. My band mates think that’s the way to go
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  2. Jackson Collins

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    Bravo!
    This setup is so clean and comfy looking!
    Fantastic sizes too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW_Runpali View Post
    Yeah, the dusting really gets to me too sometimes!
    Man you really should get an 18” floor tom! It’s the best IMO. In the past I always had 14”+16” floors but there’s no going back anymore, 16”+18” just works on a different level. You can feel the rumble!
    I love the Redline with the red accenting gaskets. I’ve had two black on black kits and that combo looks so good. I totally agree on not having a matching snare. I used to be all for it, but honestly, I rarely used the matching stuff anywhere other than in the photos. Now I rock the Ian Paice signature and chrome goes nicely with anything!
    Haha, I can imagine! I had picked up this Reference kit as b-stock for a pretty solid price and I already had a matching 22x18 that I snagged off eBay for an absurd steal of about $420 shipped a year earlier, however I still haven't set them up yet. At the time I bought them, I had literally just re-headed my Masters BSX so I wanted to give them a bit more love before they went into their cases for an indefinite amount of time and the Refs went up for the long haul. But yes, definitely getting an 18x16, just holding out hope if I can snag one at a great deal like I did the rest of the kit, LOL. I've had 14" & 16" the entire time I had the BSX so it's time for something new that can rattle the windows like an 18".

    And same! I was lusting after those BoB Redlines when they had came out. I see the snares popping up here and there online and seeing them got me thinking that since I won't have a full BoB Redline, why not just get the snare? I'm use to the black on black with my Jordison snare, but later on down the line I may order a matching 12x5.5 Masterworks snare, but with gold hardware (I'm a sucker for black and gold, haha).

    The Ian Paice is a very lovely snare as well! There's quite a few snares I've been drooling over including the Reference Brass and most recently, I've taken a liking to the discontinued Jimmy DeGrasso signature snare (hammered brass with gold hardware). So we'll see.
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  4. Gear-Freak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan12 View Post
    Haha, I can imagine! I had picked up this Reference kit as b-stock for a pretty solid price and I already had a matching 22x18 that I snagged off eBay for an absurd steal of about $420 shipped a year earlier, however I still haven't set them up yet. At the time I bought them, I had literally just re-headed my Masters BSX so I wanted to give them a bit more love before they went into their cases for an indefinite amount of time and the Refs went up for the long haul. But yes, definitely getting an 18x16, just holding out hope if I can snag one at a great deal like I did the rest of the kit, LOL. I've had 14" & 16" the entire time I had the BSX so it's time for something new that can rattle the windows like an 18".

    And same! I was lusting after those BoB Redlines when they had came out. I see the snares popping up here and there online and seeing them got me thinking that since I won't have a full BoB Redline, why not just get the snare? I'm use to the black on black with my Jordison snare, but later on down the line I may order a matching 12x5.5 Masterworks snare, but with gold hardware (I'm a sucker for black and gold, haha).

    The Ian Paice is a very lovely snare as well! There's quite a few snares I've been drooling over including the Reference Brass and most recently, I've taken a liking to the discontinued Jimmy DeGrasso signature snare (hammered brass with gold hardware). So we'll see.
    $420?! That’s a steal! Wish I could get something for that cheap here. The prices in Europe have gone absolutely mental lately. Even for used stuff.

    Be careful when you get the 18”. That rumble is like a drug, soon you’ll want more. That’s why I’ve now got the gong!

    Yes! Black and gold, a classic combo. I almost opted for #124 Matte Black Mist with gold when ordering the MRV kit.

    Man, don’t talk to me about the Reference brass! I bought a 14”x6,5” from a friend years ago for a very good price, something like €400, but for some unexplainable reason I decided to sell it. The biggest regret of my life! I thought of getting a new one a while back, but the RRP has gone up significantly, €1200! No way I’m paying that much. Luckily I got a good deal on a Canopus 14”x5” solid brass on my trip to Japan.

    I don’t know if you got it there in the US, but here in Europe (and in Japan I think…) we had a Limited Edition Universal Brass 14”x5,5” which reminded me a lot of the DeGrasso signature. The price wasn’t bad either. I tried to get one but they were already sold out.

    My next snare purchase will definitely be the Hybrid Exotic cast aluminum 14”x6,5”. Should go nicely with the MRV kit I’ve got coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacksoncollins View Post
    Bravo!
    This setup is so clean and comfy looking!
    Fantastic sizes too!
    Thank you, sir! Clean and comfy was exactly what I was going for
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    Very nice kit… black is timeless and classy!
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    I know this is peak-PDF levels of pedantic, but once you'd get those black reso heads, you should get the insides of the hoops painted piano black. That kit will be perfect then. It's the kind of thing you don't notice in real life, but you do in photos. Either way, it's still awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keaton_86 View Post
    I know this is peak-PDF levels of pedantic, but once you'd get those black reso heads, you should get the insides of the hoops painted piano black. That kit will be perfect then. It's the kind of thing you don't notice in real life, but you do in photos. Either way, it's still awesome.
    Haha! Yes, I have discussed painting the hoops with a friend who owns an auto body & paint shop. I’m totally OCD what comes to my kits and those hoops definitely do not work the way they are. It’s a shame Pearl doesn’t finish the insides of the hoops on their “cheaper” kits anymore. It makes a huge difference and I would gladly pay a little extra to have that beautifully finished look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW_Runpali View Post
    Haha! Yes, I have discussed painting the hoops with a friend who owns an auto body & paint shop. I’m totally OCD what comes to my kits and those hoops definitely do not work the way they are. It’s a shame Pearl doesn’t finish the insides of the hoops on their “cheaper” kits anymore. It makes a huge difference and I would gladly pay a little extra to have that beautifully finished look.
    Excellent! Do it! Did you used to have a comet sparkle masterworks or am I remembering that incorrectly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keaton_86 View Post
    Excellent! Do it! Did you used to have a comet sparkle masterworks or am I remembering that incorrectly?
    I did indeed! Sold them years ago and got a set of Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maples. Always wanted to return to Pearl though… and now I’m back!
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  11. Gear-Freak

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    The black resos are on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW_Runpali View Post
    The black resos are on!
    Love the black resos, once you get the fully finished kick hoops, it'll look amazing I think. Great kit and setup!
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