What thing do you like most/least about it?
The tom drums have a very rich and adaptable sound. You can tune them to respond however you want very easily. Also, the bass drum has a very deep and punchy sound, more than most higher end birch drumkits I am familiar with. The only minor problem with the Taye kits is that their hardware (tom mounts especially) are reasonably lightweight and weak. It has never been a problem for me, but sometimes the toms move around during play regardless of how tight they are screwed in. Also, while you can arrange them in multiple positions, it takes a while to mount and dismount the drums in travel.
Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Of the taye kits I used of this level, I have tried the studio maple with 22'' bass and 4 toms (10'' to 16'') and the studiobirch with 22'' bass drum and 3 toms (12'' to 16''). I have also played the taye go kit, but it has a very different sound altogether. I prefer the studiomaple slightly, especially when playing live. However, the birch is obviously a good choice, probably better in the studio if birch wood is desirable.
What is your opinion about the value for the price?
These Taye kits can be compared in performance to the other high end kits from more familiar names such as yamaha or sonor, but their (taye) price is much lower. If someone is looking for a professional sound for a reasonable price, this is definitely the best value around.
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
I have owned a taye studio kit for about 3 years now, and I am very glad of how I made my choice. I got such a great deal on this kit I couldnt pass it up. However, regardless of the price, the sound and quality is reason enough to purchase one.
Precision and quality of the sound?
Like I said earlier, the hardware is sort of shakey. The sound is almost perfect. The toms and bass a rich and deep, and the snare is out of this world. Taye was known for making snares for a long time before they started selling kits like this, so it is no surprise that the snare is excellent. This kit is good for most kinds of music and recording situations.