This kit has performed great for me. I've been playing for three or more years (more of a guitarist but drums are cool too). I've also had vintage Tama, Premier, and Ludwig kits. This is the cream of the crop but it's also pricey... whatever you do, don't pay list price for a DW. The dealers will eat you alive... be smart like me and buy an almost-new kit on eBay for half of what you'd pay at a dealer. There's nothing the kit really needs or has problems with.. you hit them and they make nice noise. I couldn't say that they're a ton better than any other high-end kit... I just like the looks of the DW and they have great customer service and a good reputation. Buy them, don't overpay, and you'll enjoy them.