It's all about marketing and not necessarily a superior product........similar to Harley Davidson.They are an American success story as other US drum companies have failed or are barely hanging on. I would rather support the economy of the country I live in than another.
As for supporting the economy of the country I live in; when I bought my Yamaha Recording Customs years ago, while I didn't support an American company, I did one better and bought them used......supporting not only the economy of the country I live in, but also supported a fellow middle class citizen.
Now I play Ludwig. Again, purchased used.
Not necessarily. I can afford them, and as much as I'd love to support an American company, I just don't buy into the marketing BS. In fact, it's a bit insulting to anyone with any knowledge about how a drum works.The DW bashing gets old perpetuated by people who can't afford them...