Are High End Drums a Giant Waste of Money?

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
If we're talking 'top top' as in exotic woods, gold hardware etc, it adds nothing to the quality of the sound and is mostly aimed at retirees, surgeons and dentists.
This is so true.

Most ubber high-end kits are NOT sold to working musicians. They're sold to people who have disposable income.

Much like high-end cars, high-end furniture, etc aren't sold to people who just need a good car or a good place to sit down, they're sold to people who make a lot of money and have money to spend.

John Good, et all, are not sitting there thinking about how their super exotic finish is going to be in every nightclub and stage across the country, they are thinking about how many rich lawyers and doctors can be convinced to buy one.

Same with high-end guitars: THose super exotic fretboards with custom hand-laid inlays are going to collectors, not players.

Same with Ferraris and Lamborghinis. They're going to spend more time sitting in the garage of car collectors than ever being used to drive to work or the grocery store.
 

jda

Silver Member
John Good, et all, are not sitting there thinking about how their super exotic finish is going to be in every nightclub and stage across the country, they are thinking about how many rich lawyers and doctors can be convinced to buy one.
or they're thinking about Mick Fleetwood Nick Mason Tris Imboden et al
Just like a Ferrari (the exotic woods) get used (too)
 

jda

Silver Member
yabut 'eyes on' them create desire thru out trickle down all series +/-
So they're great advertisement- and that's 'of' value
moreso than if Mick wrote a check for a single kit
(or if a rich lawyer bought and no one ever sees them

sum up: "They" don't- may not- buy drums but they sure help/aid / in sell(ing) them : )
they are assets>
 
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jda

Silver Member
as far as high end you go after tone- once you hit your tone-mark- you quit;
some are never fully satisfied so some companies keep trying to please
other companies have a norm standard and also keep it a part of their offerings for 200 years
 
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JimmyM

Platinum Member
But they don't buy drums.

Fleetwood and other endorsers are marketing expenses, not customers.
Not always true. I believe Neil Peart paid for the drums from that 500 year old tree he got. And only the top of the top echelon get free sets and sometimes not even if someone makes a set they want badly enough but doesn’t or can’t afford to do endorsements.
 

Bozozoid

Gold Member
How do you add anything after all of the responses. The sheer beauty of some high end kits are so tempting!..but in the end its all just lipstick on a prostitute. BUT...the shells on a phonic kit..the edges..the sound..its anything BUT..lipstick. C.R.Jones is a Pearl fanatic and I love his enthusiasm..im the same only a phonic fan. It IS (C.R.) Jones right?.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Agree, and I don’t consider myself a working drummer because I sure can’t live on my earnings from gigs, but some of us will still bring out the high-end kits for regular club gigs. View attachment 125022

I wasn't referring to high-end drums. I have two high-end kits myself.

The comment was to Chris Whitten's comment about the ubber high-end specialty limited exotic finishes with gold hardware and such aspects that don't actually affect the sound but significantly drive up the price.
 

steadypocket

Gold Member
I wasn't referring to high-end drums. I have two high-end kits myself.

The comment was to Chris Whitten's comment about the ubber high-end specialty limited exotic finishes with gold hardware and such aspects that don't actually affect the sound but significantly drive up the price.
Sorry for the confusion. As I understood your statement, I agreed with it. As a general rule, high-end drums are not sold to working drummers. I wanted to put a marker down though that there are exceptions, and that some of us do actually use these kits for shows.
 

Houndog1964

Member
How do you add anything after all of the responses. The sheer beauty of some high end kits are so tempting!..but in the end its all just lipstick on a prostitute. BUT...the shells on a phonic kit..the edges..the sound..its anything BUT..lipstick. C.R.Jones is a Pearl fanatic and I love his enthusiasm..im the same only a phonic fan. It IS (C.R.) Jones right?.
I’d expect my cheap prostitute to wear lip stick as well !!!!
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry" - Administrator
Staff member
The audience basically doesn't know the difference in expensive vs normal prices for drums. After playing normal kits for a while, I came to the conclusion that it's no different for me using pricey drums. No one ever messed with any of my kits, so I choose to use my best stuff. They are just drums. It's crazy to not use them out is my stance. Like having a Corvette that stays in the garage except for the few days it gets taken out per year. Why bother?
 
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