Good for you guys who want to take your best gear on every gig. But.....
I've been playing professionally for 48 years. For the first three decades, I only had one set of professional drums, and they stayed in the clubs where I worked six nights a week. No problem.
But since all the steady club gigs dried up, I've done one nighters, or maybe two nights a week on a steady gig where I had to load my stuff in and out.
I first got the idea of a "gigging" set when I was called to do a jazz trio in an outdoor restaurant courtyard, one block off the beach in SW Florida. The heat, salt air, humidity, and rain were a hassle. No way I was going to take my gorgeous Gretsch drums out there. I copped a decent cheap set that didn't break the bank, and who cared if they rotted in the salt air?
Well, they didn't rot; they actually held up incredibly well. And they sounded so good, when that gig came to an end, I kept using them on one nighters.
Eventually, I upgraded to a mid-level set. For most all of my gigs, they do just fine.
Somebody said they want to use their best drums to give the audience their best. I say horse crap, unless you're playing some kind of big time, big money gig. On my typical $125 one nighter, I give my audience the best every time I play, and the audience doesn't care if I'm playing a $5,000 Gretsch set or a $700 Tama set.
This is coming from a guy who has played a million gigs. Some of them were very prestigious, but the majority of them have been, "Throw the drums in the van, set up and play, and collect your check."
My gigging set has made more money for me than all my other 'drums.
My thoughts exactly! Got a Yamaha Rock tour big leaf mahogany kit on close out..three piece for 250.00 and free shipping..they paid for themselves in one weekend and stay in the car. They sound and look great and are really light. If something happened to them I'd be bummed but I'd get over it...my 120 gigs a year are mostly "throw them in the van, and collect check". They're perfect for that..