Yes Tom, I know that journey well. Took me 15 years of searching with cymbals, currently on the tail end of a 14 year search for the perfect snare.Hi.
For many years now Ive only owned 4 cymbals
Ride, crash, hats, china
But.....i would buy,sell,buy,sell..continually...losing money and getting all emo over it.
My friends at cymbalholic.com said "you should have a variety of cymbals so when you get moody and want to change..you have options and dont have to keep doing this "
So for the last two years I accumulated 10 rides, 9 crashes, and 8 sets of hi hats.
Lots of variety amongst Zildjian and Paiste brands
So after gigging ALL of those cymbals in various bands and rooms Ive sold all(almost all) of them off.
Because I always came back to the same 4 cymbals. That was a sign that my experiment was successful.
For ME the result was go back to my set of 4 cymbals and just play and be done with it.
It could have turned out differently...i.e. have a few sets and some more options.
But. I gave it a try and now I am 100% focused on music not looking at videos and buying and selling. Ill always look in the for sale section and chime in if a hear a nice cymbal...but not with intent to purchase.
For me ? Im done. It feels good.
Your mileage may vary.