I’ll crash my ride when I want a huge crash. I have a thin 15” crash that I’ll smash/ride quarters or eighths on when it needs that smashing intensity, I could not take that kind of duration of volume that my ride would make playing that way.
Every time I look at my drum set I am pleased and happy that people make these things and I was able to get my hands on a set. Imagine having to fabricate it all jeez that a lot of fiddley little bit and pieces that have evolved to be super efficient and pretty
If it’s mostly recording I think I would be patient and wait for something used from someone I know that is tried and true.
The one time I did get to go play at a mid level pro studio they had a mid price Tama kit set up there.
I think individual instruments often have bigger more important...
I have to disagree with those who found the anonymous note civil. Making a demand to a stranger without even identifying yourself or any possibility of discussion is not civil in my mind. I’d consider it more civil to cuss him out and insult him but sign your name and open a dialogue
One “Sounds Like a Drum” episode they put little shreds of tape around the edge under a batter. I tried it at home and I think it might be close to what you’re looking for. It is less dampening than a second Mylar ring around the edge - P3, but definitely some dampening