I wouldn’t read too much into what I just said. I’ve played DW when all there was was the Collectors series, so that’s what I know works and can take any abuse out there. I’m also budgeted for it so that’s just where I go. I’m impressed with the Performance and Design series, good solid drums, I just don’t need to play them. But I don’t think there’s a hierarchy, that’s just how I worked it out for myself. But it is funny when you see DW use Stephen Perkins and Abe Laboriel Jr to show off the PDP drums, but whenever those guys are out with their acts, they’re playing DW Collectors.Is there a lot of drum envy within the DW drum owners community? Do the collectors series guys scoff and look down at the performance and dare I say the Pacific guys? It's like Mercedes they make real junk and real nice cars. If you buy a c-class ( the pacific drums by DW) you may as well buy a different brand but the s-class is amazing. The e-class( Performance series) is ok but your just saying "I couldn't afford the s-class"( Collectors series).
I would always feel inferior if i bought something less and thats not how I view Pearl. To me it seems like there are more divided camps in DW than Pearl. Pearl makes drums for everyone, DW makes them via a class system. I like both brands, I own Pearls, never played DW but don't dislike them.