Yeah. There's a lot more to what you said here. You could expand a lot on it.Me and a good drummer buddy in nashville talk about this stuff a lot...prices on stuff, because we're both fortunate to have had artists gigs and usually only have to pay cost on stuff...
I'm kind of the voice of reason, I looked at what a 60's new Ludwig or Slingerland kit would cost between 500-600$ depending on sizes, colours and options....these would be be made probably close too 100% American made parts I would think...
In todays dollars that's between 4-5K....
It's easy to look down our noses at expensive gear because a lot of the inexpensive gear sounds so good....
There's room for everybody, it's a cool time to be playing drums!
Cheers and blessings everyone, Trey
I agree after playing one I was pretty floored at how good is sounding. I enjoyed both your booth and theirs at Namm.The sound in the vids is very true to the acoustic sound. My booth was across from them at NAMM so I have 4 days of evidence to prove it!
Expensive is a relative term.
I disagree. Why couldn't you play a 6" brass A&F snare with any brand kit? Why couldn't you use one of their odd-ball snares as a aux snare, or even a rack tom? I'm not sure I follow your logic.Here's what I think from what I've seen (not much) that will stay A & F as a "Niche" maker...(never a pearl ludwig or gretsch or..)
(so everyone's fear is unfounded)
They don't mix.
Yeah. I saw the "one internet guy" who "bought a snare" and put it to his ( yamaha?) set.
But the rest of the stuff?
None of it (correct me if I'm wrong) is something you can "add' to an existing ("other make") set.
Either "all in" with A & F or "nothing"
even some (or most?) of the snare's are "too weird" " too peculiar" to add to an "existing brand" set.
I don't see many pieces of " A & F" that can blend in with an existing set.
So they'll remain a Niche
They're not just a "boutique" snare maker....
They're a boutique "entire line" boutique
A & F may have "built themselves" into an entire "niche" corner.
That's ok , may have been their intention; and they can exist there, and " own that" but never "proliferate"..
Well I'm just asking... which drums of their's match up with an existing set and don't end up sticking out like a sore az thumb? Being they don't (besides heads) use much in the way of commonality parts and everything is "bespoke"..I disagree. Why couldn't you play a 6" brass A&F snare with any brand kit? Why couldn't you use one of their odd-ball snares as a aux snare, or even a rack tom? I'm not sure I follow your logic.
Match up sonically or ascetically? I agree the visual is different but I have 20 snares of which only one actually matches my set. Right now I'm playing a Sugar Alder snare that is a very light colored wood with my 1930's WFL set that is wrapped in black diamond pearl. There is a 89 year difference between the "set" and the "snare".Well I'm just asking... which drums of their's match up with an existing set and don't end up sticking out like a sore az thumb? Being they don't (besides heads) use much in the way of commonality parts and everything is "bespoke"..
You say there's a few I believe you.