Sound great, but there's a secret
I bought the Samson 7Kit based on reviews that I read on this site, so I wanted to be sure to put in my own 2 cents. Read on, there's important stuff in this review. I bought the 7Kit because I wanted to fill out my drum mics some more. I already had a Shure 57 on snare and an AKG D112 for kick, but I really needed a good set of overheads and also microphones that were actually designed for use on toms. Let me just say that as far as that is concerned, I'm blown away. I always heard great reviews about the C02's and they are true. Furthermore, the QTom mics sound great, and the QSnare sounds good too. My current setup is my 57 on snare top, Qsnare on snare bottom, QToms on each tom, my D112 on kick, C02's overhead, and if I ever want to have a extra kick drum mic on the beater side, I can use the Qkick. But now for what I consider the untold secret of the 7Kit that for some reason I never heard mentioned in any of the reviews. It was the first thing that struck me when I opened the case. The thing is that the QTom mics and the Qsnare are completely made out of plastic and their mounts are plastic too and are actually permanently joined to the mics. The problem with this is that if you have the next Dave Grohl in your studio and he hits a QTom with his stick, it could be ruined. In my opinion there’s a possibility that sustaining a very hard blow could probably snap the mount in half if not destroy the mic itself. Also, because of the way the QTom mounts are, you cannot get the mic to be low profile. This can be bad because some drummers really like to have cymbals right over or near the toms and the QTom mics get in the way because they are high profile. If this really concerns you, but you still need affordable tom mics you may want to check out the Audix F10’s. The F10’s are metal, have detachable mounts, and you can get them very low profile. I used F10’s for a live album I recorded and I was very satisfied, but I chose the 7Kit instead because they were less expensive, had good reviews, and I really wanted the C02’s. Now, let me clarify a couple of things. The C02’s and QKick are metal and have quality detachable rubber mounts (the Qkick is actually pretty hefty.) Let me also clarify that YES I would recommend these mics to other buyers and I am very pleased with the sound. But, I fear a day when I may be down a tom mic. I hope that doesn’t happen because I really like my 7Kit.