I know this feeling. I fell for it hard with a Brady kit when they were re-introduced after the first batch, with the full length lugs and the Spin Doctors snare enthusiasm. When those stopped coming. Chris Brady got sick for maybe 5-6 years, IDK. And they came back and were scarce and hard to get. And I bought a VERY expensive kit. What pisses me off most is I was in LIDC shopping, they had it in stock and I went out to play it. And walking around I played a Fibes Crystallite Bass drum and was like " OMG, that sounds amazing" But I bought the Brady hype. They never came close to that Fibes. Ever. I remember it like it was this morning.I was quite young, not long before I started working professionally. I was like most young drummers, staring at copies of Modern Drummer, day dreaming of my "dream kit". So, I dropped a stupid amount of money, and ordered it; three kicks, three snares, Ronnie Tutt amount of toms, etc.
I waited 10 months for this kit. I picked the finish, satin hardware, etc. Then I get the call - its in. I rush out to the store, they had all the boxes stacked out front. They were waiting to see this thing, as much as me.
So, I ripped open one of the boxes (8" tom), pull it out, hold it up, and, I felt...nothing. I mean, they looked great, like a drum ad...but clearly I had built them up much much bigger, in my head.
That being said, lets get them home, set them up, and see how they sound, play...feel. I set them up, tweak the tuning to my taste. Then I dive in. Again, I felt...nothing. Did they sound good? Yeah, good, but not great.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, I fell for the marketing. I fell for all the hearsay; "BEST drums ever, you have to get a set!", I fell for the idea that I would play better (I mean, inspiration=a better drummer, right?). Reality is, I didn't get a thing from that purchase...except a life lesson - buy with your ears. Microphones don't care about the brand.
I sold the kit six months later, lost money on it (I deserve that). Since then I don't have an allegiance to any brand, I like any kit that sounds perfect, for what the gig/session demands. I like a kit that's fun to play, has its own vibe...that, I like. I've had more fun on a vintage MIJ, $100.00 kit, then over that DW set. I'm sure that'll trigger some DW loyalist. But, its the truth.
This has always been something about John Wood that annoys me. Selling the idea that some 1000 year old log found deep in a Romanian swamp will make a difference...silly. He certainly likes to tell a story (that new almond kit? Come on, what's next, a bark mulch kit?).
Like I said before, each person has the right to buy what they want. I just believe a lot have been suckered.
I've since sold more of the stuff I'm not attached to sonically It doesn't have to sound " amazing" . But I have to feel good about it.
Yeah.I get it