Downgraded...no. Downsized...yes. I used to play a 5 piece and had an old snare that I took the bottom head and snares off and cranked up the batter side to use as a make shift timbale drum. 2 years later when I got my new 4 piece pulse percussion set I was done with have those extra drums. Not just for the sake of having less to haul around but it forced me to be more creative when working on original compositions. Even now where I haven't played my acoustics in about a year and have been practicing on an electronic kit I still have it set up the same as my acoustic kit with 1 snare two toms and bass.