and instead of driving to CT to pick it up..i "only" had to drive 9 hrs (ea way) to pick it up in Grand Rapids MI!
so, it went from the lady in CT to a drum shop in MI where it was bought by a local symphony guy who sold it to me.
CT gal's orig asking price was 2K (which i was prepared to spend in addition to my travel expenses)....i ended up snagging it $1800.
the pics don't do it justice and wow....this thing sounds AMAZING.
when i figure out how to play it, i'll record and post some music with it....BE AFRAID!!!