I can’t speak for Others, only myself. No, I don’t look down on anyone for what they play. The same could be said of most major Drum Companies. They all have their entry level, mid level and upper level offerings. A person who owns a Masterworks could scoff at someone who owns an Export Kit, Star Kit to Imperial Star, Yamaha Pheonix to Rydeen kit, Gretsch USA custom to Catalina etc. The analogy You used could be said of all of them. I do understand what Your saying, and I think most of that is a bit of Pretentiousness from how JG comes across.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.