I think the higher end sets are really nice but is the extra money getting you anything 2x to 3x better?
simply untrue.No. There’s a point or diminishing returns, which will be different for everybody, based on their opinion of sound/build/looks, etc. But, a $4000 drum set is definitely not 4x better than a $1000 drum set.
I tend agree with this. I don't want a kit that's going to go out of tune all the time and I want good hardware too.You get what you pay for. A higher price kit might sound similar to a lower priced kit, but the hardware will be much more durable and robust when spending more. Too many drummers just talk about how cheap and expensive kits sound the same. It's not just about sound, it's about durability, level of attention to detail, how well it holds tuning, finish quality, longevity, etc. If you only care about sound in the short term, buy a cheap kit. If you care about all the other parameters, only a more expensive kit will give you that.
What kind of high end kits did you have and what was your favorite? 20 is a lot! Why did you go back to a Stage Custom after having high end kits? Job loss or financial situation?Like everything, that depends. I’ve owned high end kits (at least 20) and mid-level kits (probably 8), and have learned that if I’m mic’d up, there’s no real huge difference. But I do notice a difference between my vintage Rogers XP8 maple kit (high end from 1979) and my 2021 Yamaha Stage Custom when they’re in a room side-by-side. But both get worked depending on the gig. I’ve also noticed that the better the player you are, the less it matters as well. I’m no Vinnie, but I can shut down quite a few loud mouths on a gig 😉
What would be your mid-level examples with quality? I know how to tune pretty well. I have a good snare and cymbals.It depends-- if you don't know how to tune a drum, or play it, it's not going to make a huge difference if it's an OK drum or a great drum.
And there doesn't have to be a huge price gap for quality. A new mid level set might not cost that much less than a used pro set.
What would be your mid-level examples with quality?
Great advice right here.The mid level kits of today offer great value for money. Unless you know what you want in the upper price range you mention - brand, wood combination, finish, sound, etc. - pick something in $1200 -$1500 range until you do. Anything from Yamaha, Tama, etc., will serve well and, if looked after, hold in resale value.
Not into birch. Maple or some combo of it would be my choice.1 k definitely. well under 2 k anyway. All of the upper mid level kits are great. I bought a used Tama Starclassic Performers Birch kit after owning a Yamaha Birch custom absolute neavoue kit and love it. I think I would be happy with tiny up the middle level drum sets
Well it doesn't make any difference on the quality or price. There are wonderful mid level Maple and other woods. I just happen to like high quality Birch drums. I have some Ludwig clubdates that are Maple Poplar Maple and love them too. The point is mid level drums are great nowadays.Not into birch. Maple or some combo of it would be my choice.