The first of two important packages I'm expecting had arrived in the mail.
I received my replacement Guitar Hero: World Tour drum kit. I had heard of this happening in forums and was glad the same had happened to me. The box came back with more than the drums I sent back. Extras included cymbals, microphone, drum sticks, bass pedal and drum stand. It's great that they didn't take that stuff out, however there were some noticeable visible differences between what I received and what I had originally bought at retail.
If you've just recently purchased Guitar Hero: World Tour you may not even have known, but if you purchased the full bundle at launch you will see for yourself what the current sets look like right now with the following images. The hardware on the left is my hardware from launch and on the right is the brand new stuff.
The headset jack is no longer a seamless black. It looks like they're just prying open 360 controllers now.
The cymbals no longer have a fancy print on them. They're just smooth.
On the underside of the cymbals, the plastic is no longer aligned with the rubber.
There is a manufacturing template mark on the bass pedal. The bass pedal hinge itself is actually looser than the launch pedal, which makes it lean more to the left or right slightly.
Even the printed logo on the sticks isn't as large or as sharp as previously.
I think everyone would agree, and maybe Red Octane would probably admit that this is a cost and time saving measure. It may look slightly different to the original set, but now it's much more reliable. I don't really have a problem with the changes, but if you have a launch World Tour drum kit, your set is just a little rarer.
In the end, what matters most is that this remixed drum kit is in PERFECT working order... better than perfect in fact...
Now my drum fills are extra filling.