My first drum kit was a Kent, 6 lug, WMP, 3 piece kit, bought new in 1968. Never knew much about its history and quality until this past year when I became interested. Then I got to thinking about maybe finding one. Problem is, most every one I've run across seemed distressed....never mind finding a nice complete kit at a reasonable price.....at least until today. This one isn't WMP, nor is it a 6 lugger. I was fortunate to find a Kent Deluxe Professional 8 lug snare/kick kit with the stronger hardware. Apparently, this was Kent's final stand to try and compete with the bigger boys in the later 60's. Finish looks to be champagne sparkle. Though with the laminate fading it could also be silver sparkle. It's cool looking though....like Terrazzo was poured on to the shells. Sizes are 12x8, 16x16, 20x14, and 14x5. The neat part is that most items in the main 3 piece kit look factory original. 5 of the 6 E.W. Kent heads are nice and little used...snare reso side is a no-name clear one. I'll try to find an original one or stenciled reproduction. The blue foil badges are all excellent. Kick pedal is a Kent and was minimally used, and sporting a nice black felt beater. The snare has original wires, with black and yellow chord. The snare throw-off works flawlessly. Generally, this looks to be a kit that wasn't used much....probably stored a long time. Chrome is brilliant and any rust is hard to find....the snare butt plate has a little bit of light pitting. Chromed stands are nice. Cymbal stands seem correct down to felts and wing nuts. Apparently, the previous owner was meticulous or just never played it. It was recently traded in at a drum shop towards a new kit. Even the throne is nice, with a spring loaded pull knob for height adjustment....unbranded but looks Ludwig/Slingy-like. Hi hat stand says Japan on it so that's probably not a Kent-issued item...or maybe something from their final MIJ years? The old style compression hi hat clutch is unusual. After tuning and tweaking the kit sounds good. The floor tom has a close enough finish to fit in nicely.... though is a Mercury with slim lugs. I have to wonder if Kent had those available to them at the time and just sold them as part of kits? They did make drums for other retailers. Some other Kent kits I've run across had the same Mercury floor tom in an otherwise original Kent kit. The heads are supposed to be 2 ply maple. But I can count 6 thinner plies on the snare drum and rack tom...about 5 mm thick on the snare shell. Oddly, the Mercury floor tom does look to have 2 plies, about 9 mm thick...8 lugs as well to match the kick/snare theme. In any case, they sound good...shooting for great. I love the crisp little snare pop and how the floor tom booms. The floor tom doesn't sport Kent heads...but they are as old looking though with plastic borders rather than the metal rims the Kent drum heads have. Tried on a new Remo coated ambassador for the FT and it didn't sound right. Put the cheesier "no-name" factory head back on and it improved, less throttled. Everything works well, even the usually weak tom ratchet mount is tight and secure. I don't think my original 1968 kit worked this well by the early 70's when I sold it. One significant flaw is some warping on the kick drum batter hoop, the reso hoop is fine. I was pleased to find this original kit for $200, especially being the scarcer 8 lugged Deluxe Professional Kit. I have more researching to do on the kit, shells, hardware, finish, etc. But, it will be fun. I'd love to hear any inputs from Kent gurus (Mouse and others) on some of my questions and findings.