Still am not a fan of the Counterparts Ludwigs, too boingy and thin to me.
I did catch him plenty times with the DWs and they were great sounding live. One show in particular in NJ they were especially good sounding.
But, my faves are still those old rosewood Tamas.
I used to work in a loud nightclub, in the Detroit techo era, and I have to wear protection at any concert or anywhere with loud noises, it gets irritating.
In a pinch, take a bar napkin, rip it in half, roll it up to the proper diameter and insert. Works as well as any earplug that I've used...
I love the way he and Roger complement each other and capture the feeling of Pete's lyrics and music. You can hear what Neil heard in tunes like this. Really musical. Those fills kill me, Quadrophenia is a masterpiece.
Of course, Nick Mason's Paiste on Us and Them.
Live whatever he was using also sounded perfect. Sounds like a Signature.
Phil Ehart's ride is just killer. That bell is insane, he played with such purpose and intentionality.
Check out Dave Hope's bass lines. Focused on them when a tune...
I would say hitting that hard on stage in a band with those guys would be as rude and obonoxious as you could ever get, stage volume at 11, bashing huge crashes. That's just me. I caught the Foo Fighters a couple years ago and it was constant ALL CAPS at 11. That's his deal. No dynamics at all...
If you think you might not carry through, go for it. It's not a bad kit.
Getting a lower-end set of drums to sound good is a great learning tool...it comes in handy when you're trying to get a high-end kit sounding good. :)
As to learning how to play, get a practice pad and a copy of Stick...
Terrible loss, but he had a wonderful life touching many.
Went to Monsters of Rock at the Silverdome, 2nd row, missed VH to go up the street to Pine Knob to catch Chick with Weckl and Herbie.
This was a watershed moment for me, seeing this on cable back then...
Those are better drums than the drums that were used on huge hits in the 70s. Focus on grooving on snare/kick/hats and forget about buying more drums until you've got that together, and perhaps a live gig.
I kinda speak from experience. :)