I noticed a big difference when I finally found the right head combination for my kit. Similarly, I felt a big boost in my comfort level when I first played the sticks I’ve now used for the past 20 years. I also heard a big difference when I installed my first set of R.I.M.S. on a mounted tom way back when. And as I mentioned in another post, I recently saw a huge difference in my bass drum sound when I installed a KickPort in the resonant head.
But whenever I’ve put a set of custom snare wires on a snare drum, I haven’t noticed enough of a difference in sound to warrant the higher prices they command. Admittedly, I haven’t tried every last one on the market, but I have tried a few.
Anybody want to set me straight on this?