Totally trueBut with a new SC kit costing $750, and a new RC kit costing $3,700 ...... you don't get a kit that sounds 5 times better. There's a "diminished returns" factor involved. I think this is true with any brand.
Middle weight kits punch really hard, these days. Going to the upper level ..... gets you another 20%, more or less. And at 3 to 5 times the cost, you have to decide if it's worth it ???
* I guess I should watch the video* although it pains me.
This sounds epic - have you bought any of the RCs new or all second hand?Yes. I have. I've had 3 Recording Custom kits, 1 split lug 9000 series kit (pre-RC) and I'm currently collecting a shell bank of 1st gen. (2008 - 2014) all birch Stage Customs. I'll preface with this .....
All were used. I haven't bought a new kit, since 1980.This sounds epic - have you bought any of the RCs new or all second hand?
Surely someone out there needs to be buying the new kits from the factories...
If you can afford it, 100% agree. That's the space where my 2 Gretsch kits lie. My Ludwig's are a bit more "focused" because of their sizes, and so maybe not so general purpose.That said, there needs to be a point where we feel worthy of upgrading and an extra 10-20% sounds actually very worthwhile... I have to say, I'm getting very tempted!
It's just like a car, you know? The more you pay for it, the more you worry about it getting scratched or dented. Would you leave a kit that you paid 6K for in a dusty smoky club, or gig with it and throw it all over the country? Perhaps if you were doing top notch gigs, but not bars. Not me. I use a solid old sweet-sounding 'beater' kit when I gig.high end- anything over $2500 for 5pc Set new
10-12 years ago 22-2300 was (to me) Tops
when now I "see" $3400 $5900 and $6400 sets new..
..I disagree with the guessed figure of 99%….
and if you are inspired and enjoy playing high-end gear, then you WILL play better…
..It's a bit of reverse snobbery going on.
Attempting to paint anyone who owns high end drums as delusional..
Indeed.Today's a different time for prices but (my advice) Never give Up.
Getting the drums and cymbals that fit your drumming lifestyle.
I paid $1500 for my 20, 13, 16 RB 15 or so years ago. Just recently, I scored a 12x8, 14x14 SSB for $400. And a 24x14 SSB for $800. So now, I pair them 24, 13, 16 and 20, 12, 14. That's $2700 for two kits ..... $1350 each ...... OK, sometimes I sneak the 14x14 into the larger sizes ('cause I like me my two floor toms) and run it as a 24, 13, 14, 16I always liked 20/12/14 RB Gretsch for gigging and I had 2 still have 1. So I just got an updated refreshed 2000's version in 2010. I've owned other brands makes and sizes but you gotta settle somewhere on something-
and get on with the playing
Your whole premise is based on either or. We really SHOULD be just talking about drum kits.And if someone needs a “high end”-kit to be inspired to play, something is wrong anyway…..a lot…
Amen. High end drums are great to have if you can afford them and don't mind getting them banged up in a club or bar. Or you can invest in some solid mics and some good remo clear or pinstripe double ply heads. I'm guessing most people like me have a hard time getting thst great, fill in the blank, sound. It's amazing what a good set of heads will do. And that goes with coated or uncoated too. It can be the same remo emperor, one coated and one clear. They make your drum sound totally different. Weird but the coated tends to dampen the resonance of the drum while the clear will open it up. I just half to make sure the tuning is good, especially for the clear heads. The overtones are so much more pronounced with the clear heads.Are watching videos like that a giant waste of time?