Pearl Export EXX White
These Pearl Export drums are the best bang for your buck. I would consider these to be mid-level drums, not entry-level.
These are very good quality drums. They are made in China. Dont let the that scare you, the shells are manufactured very well, and sound nice. For most applications, the shells and the sound should be fine. If I was recording in a studio, perhaps better drums would make sense. For jamming in my home or playing small gigs, these drums are perfectly fine.
To hear the sound before you buy, there are lots of videos on YouTube of folks playing on Pearl Export kits.
The stands are adequate, there are heavier stands out there, but these are plenty sturdy for me. The hi-hat and bass drum pedal are good. I may upgrade to a double bass drum pedal at some point, but the stock P930 single pedal is fine. It offers lots of adjustments to get the feel to your liking.
I wanted to also comment that these drums are packed masterfully in three separate boxes. The packaging engineers at Pearl did a great job in developing packaging that keeps the drums safe during shipping. Its amazing they got a whole drum kit in three boxes: one large, one medium and one small box.
I did replace the stock made in China Remo heads with Evans Hydraulic heads because I prefer the deeper, fatter sound. The Evans website is great for evaluating the different drumhead options and you can find them all here at Sweetwater.
This kit includes everything except cymbals. One of the entry-level cymbal packs by any of the major cymbal manufacturers would work fine. I opted to buy my cymbals used off eBay and Reverb simply because I wanted Zildjian A series and didnt want to spend a ton.
One final suggestion on expandability, you can order 8, 10 and 14 toms separately here on Sweetwater and add them to your kit. For this reason, I went with the standard EXX725/C kit which has the 12, 13 & 16 toms. If you order the kit with the 10, 12 and 14 toms, you limit your expandability (being able to only add a 8 tom) if that is important to you.
In summary, I recommend these drums to anyone who wants a good value in a drum kit. I am very happy with my purchase.