I'll play any of my kits anywhere as long as they don't have chicken wire in front of the stage!Providing you keep the new kit in cases and don't throw it around when transporting it, I can't see why you wouldn't use your new kit. Drums are made to be played. If you look after them and don't let anyone else mess with them they won't get damaged.
Keep the beater kit in the practice room.
The way a snare should be! Make it about combat, not conformity.I’ve just done up an old Premier APK snare drum, put new hoops on (die cast hoop on top ala Copeland), new heads, and new wires! It sounds like a gun going off, will be perfect for gigging!
Good thing the forum is no longer policed by Google