Re: Pretentious music??
Here in Eastern Europe the word pretentious as it applies to music, simply means that it is a kind of music requiring technical prowess. There is nothing positive or negative about it. It just is what it is. This is also the first place I've heard the word without the negative connotation.
For example Stravinky's Rite of Spring is pretentious to a Romanian, as is much of the music composed by Enescu, their most beloved composer. But they also consider the stupidly bloated, intricate and hated Soviet propaganda symphonies of the 60s pretentious as well.
I endorse Zildjian sticks because I like them.