Re: What would you pay??
i think making it a pay only site would be a horrible business decision. you would effectively lose people which would translate into a loss of content and so forth, it would ruin the forum quality in a self destructive way.
The smart thing to do would be to create new status level, for instance if you pay the optional 10 dollar join fee, you get to have a picture next to your user name (like we have now) and a little emblem or name giving you a higher "ranking" or what not. if you joined for free you would have no picture, status ect, just your user name.
You could also have a private section of the forum for paying users only. detailed product reviews, live chat option like Facebook has. turn it into a drummer social networking site for paying users. i think thats the future of drum forums, the internet needs a drummer based social networking site and that is something i would pay for.