Originally Posted by Matt Bo Eder
So in this way I do kind of look at the drumkit as a set of tools that get used everyday. Other than the occasional crescent wrench with a rubber coating on the handle, the tool itself hasn't changed much, because its' job hasn't changed much. This is probably what we're lamenting about.
Very nice analogy there Bo. Really cuts through the gear lust and GAS that all of us musicians, including you and I, experience. You and I both could play all the gigs that we're asked to play with a 22, 16, 13 or 20, 14, 12 setup in very traditional sizes, and you do this for a living unlike me. Same as he kid at Jiffy Lube just needs a few tools to change your oil, a bit less that the crusty, experienced mechanic down the road but they both make due.
I had a bittersweet moment today as I was getting ready to take a 12" tom to my new drum guy. With this tom in fighting shape, the 20" bass drum already gig with and maybe a 14" or 15" floor tom I could play all the gigs I'd be asked to play. I have many snares and a great set of cymbals. I don't need to buy anything new aside from some heads and sticks. Sad, but somehow comforting.