We are in the generation of the "snow plow" parent - they are even worse than helicopter parents. Snow plow parents are the parents who buy their kids the best of everything, and do everything they can to remove any obstacle that might potentially hinder the future success of their child. Nothing is ever the child's fault, so this type of parent is a nightmare for teachers. These parents insist that their children are smarter and more talented than they are, and if the child isn't getting top marks, or being first chair in the band or orchestra, or whatever, then the parents berate teachers and instructors. It MUST be their fault, because it can't possibly be that their child isn't academically, athletically and/or artistically gifted, right?I don't think kids need a high end it- maybe a medium one if the kid is really serious or has been in drum line. Most people try an instrument then walk away from it. When they are over 18+ and can buy their own stupid kit let them get a better one. I think the parents are just spoiling them.. or maybe the parents don't know what to buy?
We must be from similar time periods because it was either crap to play or pro level.When I was a kid, there wasn't intermediate drums and cymbals. There was only beginner or pro level. I started with beginner drums and cymbals and it made me sad.
The awful snare and the awful cymbals caused me to dump my bank account twice to get nice stuff.
I'll never judge someone by how nice their musical instruments are.
I like to think having crappy shit either makes someone strive to do better, or be happy because that's the shit they like.