After researching a new set for our church, I purchased this set and WOW - this set is awesome! It's been a couple months that we have had this set and the sound still amazes me. A nice deep warm sound which was exactly what I was wanting. Our old set was made out of birch shells and had a higher pitch and just didn't have that deeper thump noise I wanted.
I did replace the heads with Remo Ambassador X Coated Drumheads - just love these heads - quality sound and durable!
I've played Ludwig for over 25 years and this was the first time I bought and played a Pearl and I'm very, very pleased!
If you are wanting that deep, warm sound at an unbeatable price with 6 drums and hardware, you really need to look at and listen to the Pearl Export EXL series.