My Shimmer of Oz Pearl Reference kit.
by Mike M
I own both a Pearl Reference, and a DW collectors series kit. I play metal and alternative music, for the most part.
For metal, the Reference is unmatched in my opinion. Sub sonic kick drums matched with focused tone on the toms. The 20 ply snare goes off like a gunshot, with minimal effort.
However, you have to tune them high if low fat tone is not for you. I have mad respect for DW, because of the midrange tone of the maple. Tune them higher or lower, tone stays awesome.
If you want to play many styles, the DW is king. Want low FAT tone? The Reference is Godzilla reincarnated into a drum kit. Wonderful tone, and easily tuned. The DW is harder to tune, but so worth it. Peace out.