Hadn’t considered it before. I usually prefer old to new: my car is a beat-up 2006 Elantra I keep fixing. I’m building my drums from old ‘90s Export shells. But my cymbals are Masters-series Bosporus, all new and carefully stored.Does your taste in drums/cymbals reflect your taste in cars, or are those tastes separate/unrelated? There's the musician stereotype, where they transport spectacular instruments in the cheapest hoopie that will get them to the bar. My drums sound great, and my cars seem underwhelming on the surface, but I think my drums and vehicles have more in common than the stereotype suggests.
For example, my driveway contains an 80s Toyota 4x4, a 15yo 320k mile Civic that's still kicking ass, and a Mk2 Supra I resurrected from the dead (at a total cost of $2k) with badly faded original paint. It think that closely reflects my percussion stable, containing stuff like Acrolite, Supraphonic, MIJ stencils, good working man's cymbals--nothing artisinal that I'd be reluctant to take to a bar gig, with a Masters Mahogany kit I got used being the outlier. I have lots of snare drums, but only 2 were over $250 and bought new (a 15" Pearl and an Oriollo). My cymbals were almost all $200 or less, good deals on quality stuff from the big two brands with some Bosphorus, Meinl Mb20, UFIP, etc. mingled in there. So just like my cars, my drums number probably 200% more than most people's, but they're inexpensive, overwhelmingly sensible and versatile, with a few quirky items that are there just because they're fun to drive. With the exception of a few of my snares, everything has cosmetic issues, and I couldn't care less, just like my cars. They're there to do a job. Just like my gear, I don't plan on selling any of my vehicles as long as I can keep them humming along.
Is there anyone here with a PDP and a Mercedes? Do you haul your DW Collector's Series to the gig in a beat up Mirage missing a fender, like the stereotype suggests?
I think kits/cars might be more like owners and dogs looking similar, or maybe the stereotype is accurate.