My sax player is practically obsessed with my kit, he comments on every little change, even when I brought a different bass pedal. The rest of the guys only notice if I change something really big, and then not always.
Or a click track!Band One, Covers: Notice nothing. Here’s an example—for over a year I played every rehearsal and gig with kit with a light natural wood finish; then I switched to a kit with a pearl wrap. They did not notice. i told them this is like if your wife was a blond and came home one day with brunette hair and you didn’t notice.
Band Two, Original Rock: Bass player notices snares, but she’s also a drummer so not sure if that counts. But the singer/songwriter! It’s her first band with a drummer and she notices every hi-hat or ride cymbal change, by ear. In a good way. She even can tell if I’ve switched up to nylon tips. She’s a natural talent and when some of her rough originals have a section with an oblong feel she allows me to iron out the feel or change it to a sexier groove. Big talent; no ego.
She really sees drums as the posts holding up the fence, keeping the herd from running all over the highway.
One thing I’ve noticed with a lot of cover players is they are often not listening to the drummer unless he’s really messing up. In their head many of them are just hearing the original record.
Mine do, but that’s because I make sure to tell them. I like to see their eyes roll!