I'm a broke ass American, so I have nothing high end or super quality so no. I buy the cheapest yet most reliable things I can and then make them do what I need and last as long as possible.
Snobbery is what I am subjected to on a regular basis being the guy who fixes the expensive stuff.
I honestly don’t feel this way about gear. I’m, like you, very happy with my gear but I’d never look down my nose at someone else’s gear choices or a well made reasonably priced product (take my Prem APK 1006 COS 14” x 6.5” snare, Paiste 1000/Alpha cymbals and Pearl Export for instance). I know that you’re a good guy, not a snob in the slightest and that this simply makes for an interesting thread. However, there’s a number of guys on here who’re a little more open about their disdain for gear such as what I’ve listed above…I’ll grab my popcorn!!
Is it disdain or secret envy?
I've found that most times when people insult or belittle something or someone, it is invariably because of some shortcoming of the issuing party rather than the object of the insult or belittling. I think people on DW generally refrain from blatant disdain and lean more towards backhanded compliments.
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There are professional level B8 cymbals too, like those Paiste 2002's which I'm a convert of. Many low-end, stamped cymbals are made of B8 though, and I agree most of them don't sound any good.I think when I went to pro grade cymbals.
Played B8's for a long time growing up, but when I started on B20's, I never would consider a "beginner grade" again.
Not sure if that's "snobbery" or not, but I feel good about it.
You say that but I bet you would agree my first bass drum pedal not being good enough for anyone...Nothing wrong with saying some gear isn't good enough for you.
IMO it's when someone says it's not good enough for anybody that judgemental snobbery comes into play.