Here's the thing, you don't have to pay these
ridiculous high prices for ANY kit! I paid about
$1000.00 for the biggest kit I have which consists
of 2 bass drums, 3 rack toms two floors and a snare
and it sounds about as good as anything I've heard.
I also have kits that cost less and sound better than
the aforementioned one. Drum companies aren't really
making the money they used to because the average
consumer just isn't paying these crazy prices for these
"high end" kits. You used to be able to get a nice high
end kit for a fair price but not anymore. I was in Guitar
Center the other day looking at a four piece DW kit with
20" bass drum. The sale price for the kit was $3,500.00
Sure, you'll get some well to do family that will go out
and pay $25,000.00 for a replica of Neil Peart's kit for
their kid who wants a set but experienced players
don't fall for that hype. They can't afford to.
All those kits are for the endorsers anyway. They're
are not the bread and butter of the company anyway.
It's like the $100,000 Nissan GT-R. Cool ride but the
staple car and bread and butter of the company is the
$25,000 Nissan Altima. The Gt-R's are for the far and
few between. Likewise for these drum companies and
their high priced, high end drums.
In the end, buying the mid grade essential kits for yourself
is what keeps the companies going. What you see the big
boys using in the magazines is simply to get you in the door
to buy one of the bread and butter drum sets. And if you
happen to be able to afford to walk out with one of those
$10,000 butes then all the better...
Drinks are on the house, all around.