The Gretsches of which Green T shirt spoke really did sound amazing.
Agree with the comments on Slingerland. (I don't think they're bad sounding either) There's something nice about old drums style-wise. A new set of DWs are sonically better, but an old Ludwig Ringo kit just looks cool. I know you can order them in sparkle or whatever, but nobody really does and they always look kind of generic.
of course, lookswise, the coolest thing made were the old Vox drums (I can't believe tapered drums were a good idea):