I wanted a smaller kit for practicing in a spare bedroom after a few years without being able to own a kit and didn't want to get an entry-level birch kit as I am not an entry-level drummer. Much research led me to the Sonor AQ2 series. The hardware and finish are way better than I expected for the price. Glad I went with maple shells for a bop kit to get a little more warmth for the sizes. I hope to eventually purchase the 22" kick if I start playing out again.