Re: Is buying a custom drumkit recommended?
Not sure what I can add will really be helpful, but I have looked around and listened to kits from DW, GMS, Spaun and a couple of others. It seems to me the advantage to custom drums lies more in the appearance and exclusivity rather then an obvious improvement in sound. The DW's sound wonderful, but not noticeably better (to me) than the better offerings from the major manufacturers. I recently bought a set of Gretsch Renowns which (again, to me) sounded just as good as the customs I heard. However, even though mine is a "limited edition" finish, it is not unique. In my case, I couldn't justify the extra expense. If you think you would enjoy playing a custom set, configured and finished exactly the way you want it, even a little more than a standard kit, perhaps it is the worth the extra cost to you. In a sense, it's like owning an exotic car; you can't drive it legally faster than an everyday car, but maybe it just feels better.
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