I know early Yamaha drums from 1967 through the early 1970's are not considered MIJ stencils, at least not from a quality/value stand point. What about 1960's to early 1970's Pearls?....that is Pearl drums with the oval, script, or first gen rectangular badges? From reading I've done I'd place the Pearls somewhat above the proliferation of all the MIJ brands (Mercury, Apollo, Stewart, Reuther, Harmony, etc.). Even Hoshino's early "Stars" (pre-Tama) might be a cut above. No doubt in the end it comes down to the actual build of each kit where every so often you can find some killer MIJ kits with decent wraps and good bearing edges. But generally, are badged Pearls and Stars also considered to be typical MIJ quality and price or a cut above? Put another way, do those 2 get more love than the other generic names?