I wish I had phrased my opening post differently. Maybe it's just the nature of public forums, but I wanted to talk about gear more than playing. What started this whole thought was an afternoon of listening to samples of drums online. Of all the stuff I listened to, the Yamaha Live Customs were the ones that I liked the most. They are marketed as being able to project more in acoustic situations. The video on Yamaha's website has several of their endorsers playing them and making comments, and a couple of them mention how loud they are. Are they just regurgitating the marketing hype, or are they really louder? If I were to buy a set, would I have to play more softly than I do now? Then I started thinking about why no manufacture goes the other route and makes drums that are marketed for quite playing. Thats what I wanted to talk about.