I like what I have to be aesthetically pleasing. Yes it's made to play it and that's what I do but I take care of it so it looks good always. Like that it wont turn into what would be categorized as a beater set.
Often the margin between a $5000 kit and a $1500 kit is tiny.I never understood why would you want to sound worse than you do at home or practice space than you do when you are supposedly showing off your talent by playing out.
I agree completely. I tend to get attached to gear that I have been using live as they help represent me and if it's a product I believe in and trust then I feel comfort in knowing that I will handle any gig without worry. That being said, all of my gigs involve somewhat local traveling and it's handles by me. If I were in a traveling professional road situation I would still want a nice set but I also know that I would probably have to take some emotional attachment out of it as many things can happen on the road that are out of ones control.Often the margin between a $5000 kit and a $1500 kit is tiny.
And then there are all the other factors in playing live... what does the room sound like, what does the kit sound like through a PA and many more compromises involved.
Many of them are collector items. And you can still gig with them. Just be sure to bag them properly, and be closely involved in the setup and break down. Of course many of them are collector items. And it only makes sense to exercise "reasonable care" in keeping them in as nice a shape as possible as long as you own them. That doesn't mean you can't gig them or move them around when needed.I'm surprised there are so many people on here who treat drums as collector's items. I own two kits - an early 60s Slingerland and a mid-2000s Ludwig. I would take either to any gig.
I'm sure we all take care of our stuff. The problem is the other people and/or elements, of which we have no control over. That's the type of situation that warrants a lesser set. Case in point, I just left my band of the last 4 years, largely because the leader loved to book gigs that put my nice equipment at risk. He knew how to garner steady pay for the band, but along with the normal club gigs, there were far too many "at risk" gigs booked through his friends (private party gigs outdoors, cramped living rooms, etc). I finally had enough of it and stepped aside earlier this year, but not without coming way too close to having my gear damaged. Just in the past 4 years alone, I had one woman trip and slam headfirst into my bass drum hoop, and another reel around onstage with a tambourine and trip backwards, sending my mounted tom rolling across the carpet (it was in a snare basket). Another outdoor gig poolside was ruined by kids throwing a wet soccer ball around. I knew it was just a matter of time. Yep, smacked right into my crash cymbal, sending the cymbal down and splashing my beautiful Sonors with water. I was extremely lucky that none of those resulted in any real damage, but early on with the band, I brought a beautiful Walnut SSB Gretsch set to a gig and at the end of the night, a drunk toppled over one of the PA cabinets, which of course dropped right down onto my mounted tom and BD. The impact pushed the tom backwards into my snare - hard. The tom ended up with a terrible divot and rash, and the BD hoop was scuffed badly. I couldn't stand to look at them anymore, and ended up selling them almost immediately afterwards. Oh, how I wish I'd bought a beater set when I joined that band. Live and learn.I dont own one and never will. I take care of my stuff