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Never cared for the tone of acrylic drums but if I did I wouldn't pay $2800. Used vintage Vistalites can be bought pretty cheap. Just saw a 4 piece red with a mismatched amber snare on craigslist for $950, I've seen several kits in the $700-1200 range in the past few months. Always thought the amber was fugly anyway, the blue and clear look better to my eyes.

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Seems like the newer ones are too orange, too. Bonzo's kit was more "amber" colored. I fooled around on a Fibes kit at the NAMM show once, and I LOVED the bass drum. Toms, not so much. I've heard the Vistalites sometimes can crack, too.

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Hmm... Acrylic kits sounds loud? Never played any, I guess I'll try to get a maple kit... Nevermind, anyone know where I could find good price for a ludwig vistalite zep set? if I can get lower than $2700 I'll go for it! And do you know which cymbals I should be looking for that sounds like bonham's ones?

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Hmm... Acrylic kits sounds loud? Never played any, I guess I'll try to get a maple kit... Nevermind, anyone know where I could find good price for a ludwig vistalite zep set? if I can get lower than $2700 I'll go for it! And do you know which cymbals I should be looking for that sounds like bonham's ones?

Well if you insist on the acrylics, I cetainly won't stand in your way! :D

Cymbals: Paiste 2002 Series: 24" ride (which he also used as a heavy crash), 20" Crash, 18" Crash and 15" Paiste 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hats.

In the end though, it's 99% in your touch. :beer:

Don't forget the Ching Ring!

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Look what I found, it sounds good to me.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Paiste-2002-Bo...816-i1171831.gc

Well that takes the mystery out of it, however I'm a bit dubious about the two different 18" crashes. I know he added a third crash over his floor toms in the latter years. That may have been the second 18. But I'm almost positive the classic setup was an 18 and a 20.

Here's what is purported to be his actual endorsement receipt (note towards the bottom when they made the switch from the Giant Beat Series to the 2002s):

Should add his 20" crash was in fact a 20" ride cymbal.

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Hmm, it's hard to tell, I went on paiste website to check sounds, if you say that he put that medium 18'' later it must be that.

Another question there: Does acrylic kit sound different compared to the maple kit? I guess yes, but how different? Do you only see the difference in the loudness?

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I'll defer to the true drummers on this one, but to my ears the acrylics have a very loud smack, while the maple sounds nice and toney. Compare and contrast RAH and HTWWW with TSRTS and Earl's Court. A much more woodsy sound. The acrylics are more like an assault weapon. They lack warmth.

*edit to add* Bonham always used a steel Suprophonic snare, so factor that out of the contrasting. We're talking toms and bass drums only. ;)

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