As a general observation, and as evidenced by my other business activities, many raw material prices have increased, as has shipping, but it's not just gross costs that are pushing stuff up.
Those who's business model is to fill a container & import (often cheaper merchandise) are now not only...
Our band has made a clear decision to not play indoors this year. What's left of our gig calendar are outdoor gigs starting mid next month. There is no mask mandate in place for the first gig, but capacity is reduced. I'm fully vaccinated, but will wear an N99 / FFP3 mask when not...
The only time I break sticks is at gigs. Not very often, but it does happen, usually due to over exuberance / poor technique.
In all other scenarios, it's chipped tips that decide fate. I have no issue creating new used pairs. My simple playing doesn't necessitate finely tuned anything.
The die cast bit is obviously wrong, but they mention plating (which I'm guessing was the zinc reference), and made of iron (which they're not). To me, this is more from a place of total drum part / materials / process ignorance than a real attempt at fraud.
I don't think I dare significantly alter my playing orientation, especially snare angle. Ok, I can play almost any setup, but I transition in & out of rimshot so much in what I do, positioning is instinctive / muscle memory burnt into my hard drive.
I know of a (70's era Brit - think Sex Pistols) punk band who played a wake. Punks are getting old!
Fairly commonplace for 70's / 80's era rock bands to play corporate & wedding gigs these days too :cool: