^^ This. I've seen some great drummers sit down at a horrid kit and drive the band like a freight train, and often get sound out of them that nobody else could. It's easy to be comfortable, doing what you always do. Growth comes from stretching a bit. Even if I have to simplify what I'm doing, if I can groove and drive the band, then the musicians in the room will know. And any drummers who sit down on that kit will wonder how I did that. Until one of the really good cats comes in and plays the way they always do in spite of the kit. What I aspire to be.I find the one-up, one-down, two-cymbal, horribly tuned kits at an open mike or jam night to be a challenge and not a limiter. How can I get up there and just through touch and feel alone make this kit sound like a million dollars? And when the guys on stage turn around and grin, and I get handshakes and back slaps all around as I amble over to my table and a waiting drink... I know it worked.
I don't need extra, I don't want extra, and the worse-sounding, the better. I can hang!