I have been playing this exact same drum kit for 8 years. From when I started as a complete Noob to now playing drums professionally. I agree other people that this kit is great for beginners. I will say it is possible to make this cheap kit sound amazing. Cobus's video: "How to make your cheap drum set sound amazing" is a great example. I've used muffling rings and tape to take away overtones and unnecessary sounds. But if you replace the stock heads with new heads. The drum kit sounds even better. I've destroy the stock heads after 2 years of having them. If your cheap like me but want to pursue your passion with drums. This drum kit is a good start. Maybe later if you want, get a better drum kit. If you feel ashamed saying you play a groove percussion drum and not Tama or Pearl, go for it. I have no shame. This drum set allowed me to play at some amazing places.