I endorse the worlds greatest hand made custom drums & cymbals, designed and made by LA Producer, Iki Levi. Sorry I don't have a picture on line, yet. Iki made me a very bright canary yellow (Elvin Jones yellow) set. It's stained inside and out. You can see the wood grain through the finish. And they sound incredible. My cymbals are . You can find more details on these drums and cymbals' properties below in the Drum Acousitics section below.
In I969 Dad bought me a 1960 Champagne Sparkle Ludwig set. I commissioned it to be painted in '97 by fine artist Hendrick Gideonse. This set received an honorable mention in the Boston Painted Music Art Show. P-Funk's guitars & keyboards won first, second, and third places. I still have these babies. Very exotic.
1985 Cherry Wine Natural Wood Tama Superstar heavy metal set. These drums just couldn't take it. The Ludwigs have been thrown off stages, accidentally rolled down the steps of the Utah capitol building with me running behind, burned, frozen, played in the rain and with whipped cream, and they still sound the same, probably better. My Tamas on the other hand, fell apart just sitting there looking pretty. The bass drum and the floor toms are the only drums in this 9 piece set that did not delaminate.