Here is the orginal post: "Curious if anyone here can hear drums played live or on recording & know what drums are being played (by someone else) purely by the sound. Meaning you can identify Rogers vs DW, Leedy, Camco, Ludwig, Premier, etc...enter new HOT boutique drum here (Zelkova)"You are not identifying "drums" at that point. You are identifying the drum combination with the head choice and the chosen tension. That is three or more separate exercises.
I can skin my Luddies with an unusual head choice and tension the heck out of them ... you would be very hard pressed to identify them as Ludwig drums ... even if you were staring at me playing them.
That is the point.
There has to be a standard established in order to evaluate "sound" for the listener.
Go back to the question ... "Drums YOU can Identify purely by sound???"
With no standard, there can never be a true test for "sound".
Note: "hear drums live or on recording"
My interpretation was a PERFORMANCE "live or on recording".
Not in a studio with all matching tune-botted heads and microphones.
More akin to listen to AC\DC's "TNT" and identify the drum maker.
Or, in a simpler way, grab a 12" tom off your kit and record yourself hitting five times and ask us to id the maker.
Not a laboratory controlled experiment removing every variable except the drum's badge....lol.
Just different perspectives man....