Originally Posted by Coldhardsteel
I have a partially theoretical question.
Does personality type correlate to the kinds of drum set and cymbals one purchases?
Even more, it seems like some people buy certain pairings of producers(such as Pearl and Paiste), or innately believe or feel that certain kinds of sounds match up.
I was looking through the Your Gear section and read through some "Show Off your ____!" threads, and found that no matter what I saw I found it hard to imagine myself behind any of those kits. I had no real desire to play them, and I didn't consider any of them, no matter the quality, better than something I would like to buy. Obviously, this is getting into some objective things, but the main idea is that I'm sure others feel this way.
So is it just subconscious brand loyalty, or is it psychological?
I think this is true to some extent. I have always liked exotic, unusual things and being different, so I have that kind of set. I would expect someone playing covers to have a very ordinary (but good quality and well-maintained) name-brand set, while someone in a punk rock band to have a set covered in bumper stickers and spray paint, a country drummer to have a wood veneer set, a jazzer to have a sparkle wrap set and so on. These are obviously rough stereotypes but I think there is some truth in there.