I think you should put some thought into what kind of drummer you want to be, and then figure out how to get there. There is no single path that all drummers must travel, so whatever you choose should be satisfying to you. Did you enjoy having a bunch of cymbals on your kit? If so, don't let someone else's notion of what a beginner should be doing stop you.
Do you climb on the snare to reach the outer planets there?When you're sitting behind your drums and there are so many choices, you tend to forget the music and think only of what to hit next and find yourself mentally apologizing for not "using" what you have. Photo is of my monster kit which presented the very problem, so.....I downsized considerably and VOILA!!! more at ease and more in tune with the music. The kit is so big you can't see the 2 additional cymbals set up high. The stands hoever show in the lower right of the Union Jack and semmingly coming out of the hi hat. In all 10 drums and 13 or 14 cymbals. Way TOO MUCH.
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Used a small step stool. The only real stretch was the 3rd floor tom between and outside the 2 on the right. Then it was a pretty much full arm stretch and turn to the right. That was always pretty much against my method of wanting all drums, cymbals etc. in front so there's minimal turning to smack something. Current set up is just that. Even crashes and efx cymbals can be played without turning to look for them. Simple and straight forward. Now to find what to do with the small step stool.Do you climb on the snare to reach the outer planets there?