I’m not sure how to reply to this nonsense....Less is more I always say. I dropped my kit to a 4 piece when I was younger as our home club that we played every weekend was 2 stories with the stage upstairs and no elevator. The kit I have has the set up where the rack tom and ride cymbal stand both go into the bass drum so I could assemble my kit downstairs and only need 2 trips to get everything upstairs. So maybe that was a little lazy. But I also feel that if all you play is a 4 piece then you can be more creative with what you come up with. Let's not forget that most of the big rock bands from the 70s with their huge drum sounds did not come from a 10,000 piece drum set. They played on mostly a basic 4 or 5 piece set. The only band that used more was Rush (RIP Neil) but they were in their own category.
But if it's not necessary then why bring it? If I'm not going to hit it, there's no need to set it up. If the music and drummer needs those extra pieces, then yeah, bring it, otherwise it's a waste of time and space (stage and transportation).I'm not trying to bust anyone's balls, but c'mon guys. Carrying around a extra few drums isn't that much work.
It's not like we're moving 100lb bags of concrete or digging holes all day. We're moving around a few drums, for a few minutes a day, at most, regardless of how many gigs you play. And then, once they're to the destination, it's just fun time.
Saying that you're playing a smaller bass drum because a 22" is too heavy is just silly. You're all full-grown human beings. Unless you have an injury, stop being a baby!