I’ve used Ahead sticks, the light rock 5B’s live for everything other than jazz for probably 20 years. I like the shock absorption, and they last forever. And I have never broken a cymbal (always the comment that comes out about them).
I had a weekly jazz gig where the owner was notorious for complaining about how loud the band was. So whenever he was around, the closer to the band he was, the quieter we played...sometimes just barely audible. Always got a nod and thumbs up. Then he’d go into his office and we’d resume...
It was a brave move to sell everything off. I have my “top tier” snares and cymbals that make it to most gigs, then my “for my own pleasure “ at home cymbals. My preference changes with the weather, so I only sell stuff that’s not getting touched either at the gig or at home.
This is not actually one kit, but everything I could fit together just for fun one day. Never gigged it.
First kit I owned was double bass, 4 rack toms, two floors. The Lars Ulrich setup from the 90’s.
Jazz gig last night at a performance arts center. The 18/12/14 Thumper nesting kit with a self patina’d 90’s seamless copper Yamaha 14x6.5 snare, Meinl dual hats 15”, 23” Matt Chamberlain Agop ride, 19” Agop signature crash, 12” Agop trash hit.