All drums make me happy. Don't care where they are made.
please don’t take this the wrong way ... but “manufacturing excellence” doesn’t necessarily equate to “quality product”For those who know about ISO standards and what they mean to manufacturing excellence. Boiled down it means the plants that make these drums are state of the art and have the strictest QC standards in place.
You do not care about your fellow man.I prefer American made so you probably know who I voted for president. That said, I don't go looking for Taiwanese products, but as trickg above said........"So here's a question: if the place of manufacture wasn't on the label, would anyone be able to tell the difference?".......my opinion too. If you put American made next to Taiwan made and I was unaware of where it came from, my judgement would be solely on how the damn thing sounds. Might be made by midgets sequestered somewhere in a tent on the streets of New York. I don't care. Well I would care about the sanitation aspect but that's another thread. Or maybe not.
As of June 2019, the top 3 car manufacturers by sales are:Same with German cars vs. Korean cars - there’s a perceived extra value or refinement which makes people pay extra for a car with similar specs because the company behind it has a long history.
Good perspective.Huge, massive, gigantic generalization here but: In my 17 or so years playing live music in clubs, bars, etc, I can't even begin to explain how many times I've seen a drummer absolutely owning the stage on a 4 piece kit of miss matched Craigslist drums only to be followed by a drummer with a brand new 8+ piece double bass kit made from some now extinct species of wood with the entire line of the highest end cymbals and hardware so heavy duty that each stand must weigh 50+ lbs on its own... That can't hold a simple 4/4 pop backbeat.
Player not the gear.
I may have mentioned this in my earlier posts but a great example is to side-by-side examine a Tama Chinese factory Birch shell and a Tama Japanese factory Birch shell. I absolutely guarantee that if you took off all hardware, labels, wraps, etc no one could tell the difference. Just like the car manufacturer analogy above... These companies want to save a buck on manufacturing, not throw their entire reputation for quality in the toilet, so they are very hands on in ensuring their vision is met. I also can't even begin to explain how many times I've read threads on this here forum saying "I spent $3k and waited 8 months for the highest end professional set from (Ludwig, pearl, gretsch, etc) only to have it arrive with (gouged bearing edge, cracked hoop, scratched finish, etc) and now I have to send it back!"