Honest question. I myself would find it hard to justify the cost of buying an A&F kit or snare and use it for playing out. Besides the high cost, they just don't seem practical. Everything that goes into a "modern" drum to ensure it stays in tune as long as possible and is resilient seems to be lost on A&F drums. They seem more an investment, status symbol, or playing around at home if you have lots of expendable cash. I glanced at thread on Black Friday deals and clicked on DCP link to their A&F sale items, and tried to figure out the market segment for this brand. At those price points there seems to be a lot better choices for a serious gigging drummer. But maybe my observations are just flat wrong. Someone here will set me straight!