Hopefully a little of both.
LOL...sounds like it. So you get a new set about every year and a half on average using quickie math. That's a lot of sets.I change my drums all the time. I'm my twenty years playing I've owned over thirteen different kits BUT never at the same time. I constantly shift and change my set ups and constantly 'clean house' and make a dramatic change. However, I always move out the old gear as I bring in the new gear. I never have more then one full kit's worth of drums on hand at a given time yet they are always different so I guess I'm always in a 'hold steady purge AND acquisition' mode.
It is a lot but I'm constantly buying/selling/trading so it's not as much of a financial burden as it sounds. Typically I buy a kit new and even though I'll gig it I do take very good care of it. Then a year or so later I'll sell it and recoup usually 75-80% of what I paid which then goes towards something different. For example: I picked up a Tama club jam mini with the add-on toms about a year ago, I've played them extensively in that time however they still basically look brand new (aside from changing heads) and as soon as the new Tama club jam pancake kit arrives in the US I'll be selling the club jam mini and buying the pancake. It's almost like leasing a car lol... I get to use a brand new set of drums for a year or so and it typically only ends up actually costing me $100-$200.LOL...sounds like it. So you get a new set about every year and a half on average using quickie math. That's a lot of sets.
My outlook precisely.IMHO owning less stuff also makes you think less about which gear to choose for job x or Y and instead concentrate on DOING the job right.
I've always held this view as well. Those who want lots of snares for the sake of collecting them have every right to pursue that interest, of course, but any high-quality snare can furnish a variety of useful sounds. I own two, primarily to have a backup. For me, anything more would be redundant.Why keep five snares that so sound differently, when you can achieve those five sounds with ONE snare?
Of course. Collecting for the sake of collecting is a different thing than buying tons of snaredrums because X sounds a tiny bit different than Y.Those who want lots of snares for the sake of collecting them have every right to pursue that interest, of course,
Maybe you "need" one of these?I still have four other snares but chances are that three of them will go as well, wich would reduce my snaredrum "collection" to four: The Maple and Aluminium Starphonics, the Star Bubinga and an SLP Super Aluminium. Two metal and two wood snaredrums.