Last night my band played a battle of the bands. I show up first (being the one with the most to set up) with my baby (catalina maple) loaded into my car. After finding the girl who set up the battle, I told her I needed to set up my drum set. Now, we told her the day before that we would be bring our own drum set and after she asked what was wrong with the other kit, she said alright. So, she took me over to the drum techs and I told them that I needed to set up my drum set. He also asked why? He told me that drum set was the one everyone was using and he didn't want to have to remic all of the drums.
I ended up being able to use my snare (thank god) and cymbals. The drum set that they had set up for everyone was a bit past its prime (if it indeed had a prime to begin with) and wasn't the greatest thing to play.
Our vocalist is a bit temperamental and when he found out I couldn't use my kit, he was pissed. He told them previously we wouldn't be using that one and we would be bringing our own. He ended up arguing with a few of the guys who were setting up and micing the kit, including one man (who we found out later was one of the judges) who got very upset with us and was making a point to give us attitude the rest of the night.
Anyone else ever had bad experiences with a house kit? Is it unreasonable to want to play the instrument you are accustomed too? Would you ask a guitarist to play a house guitar? To many questions?