Got a sudden influx of cash near my birthday so I did what any normal person does- spend it. I've been taking drum lessons since February and have been using an e-kit this whole time. While I do like the kit, it's kinda clear that I need to play an acoustic kit while I learn the fundamentals because e-kits don't respond to subtle changes like acoustics. I didn't want an acoustic because of the noise but recently became aware of the Remo Silentstroke mesh head swap and low noise cymbals like the Zildjian L80s which effectively drop your kit noise like 70%. I guy locally was selling the Remo/Zildjian package for a decent price so I figured I'd pick that up and a kit to go with it.
I sent several local ad options to my drummer friend for his opinion. I sent him the ad for this kit and he told me to stop looking because that was the one to get. This is an early 2000s PDP (Pacific Drums) CX kit. PDP is to DW Drums what Squire is to Fender- a distinct line geared towards more affordability but still quality. This kit specifically is well known within the drumming circle as a sleeper kit because it plays well above its price point. At the time it was produced, it was built in Mexico alongside DW Drums in the same factory and, in this case, using the same US Maple wood materials.
Anyways, this kit was $300 USD for the 5 piece shells plus PDP double bass pedal, hi hit stand, and cymbal stand mount for the 14" tom. I spent today swapping out the normal heads for the mesh heads and cleaning the chrome with some 0000 steel wool. Really stoked about this kit.