If that was the case, why would he bother going with Ludwig in the first place? He could go with anyone and get a custom whatever he wanted kit.I remember watching Vinnie do his Ludwig promo and thought to myself, He seems as excited to play Ludwig as someone eating ashes out of an ash tray. I'm not surprised he's left them. Not to say Ludwig doesn't make great drums. It just didn't seem Vinnie was too enthralled to be with them.
I do know what you mean though, he was kinda like that in the Paiste vids. Especially the one where he is introduced and is taking to a small group.
Maybe he's just not comfortable doing "gear talk".
Bermuda did say before (when it was still speculation) that the reason he left was not about the sound of the drums.
My thought for leaving was corporate higher ups that got in the way of what he needed to be done for him over a period of time.