Pearl Exports. Where else can you find an all-maple 5-piece with basic hardware for $800?
Or if you want to go all out, get the session customs, which are basically the same as the Pearl masters kits, only with flanged nickle hardware rather than die-cast... it will run you like $1,200, unless they run cheaper these days.
I would suggest starting with a cymbal pack - and not the B8 or the ZBT ones... I think Zildjian has an A Custom pack with 14" hats, 16" crash and 18" ride for like $300
And there you have it: a nice, expandable beginners kit for $1,100
Also, Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) are actually made by DW. I don't know how much they run, but I've only heard good things. I remember they actually run pretty cheap, and they have all-maple and all-birch shells. EXCELLENT drums for theprice.
I've also heard that Gretsch drums are great for the price.
Last edited by Swedish Extrovert; 03-14-2009 at 04:47 PM..