I've almost got my kit together (to a comfortable 'resting' place). Today marks 26 months since I began studying drumming. For upgrades to the original starter kit - I chose to focus on Cymbals and Hardware (and snare drum). Very happy with the Sabian (Freq series) pack I got last year - but it was always on my mind to get a pair of 16" hats (and move the 14" Sabians to the auxiliary [open] position). The new 16's are Zildjian K 'Sweet' Hats.
I adjusted the angle of the ride to get the quickest punch out of it (as a crash)... but I'm ready for a real crash cymbal in the open position. I'm awaiting a Zildjian K 'Sweet' 17" for this. About the hardware - I'm attempting to get two cymbals in the closed position and two in the open position... using only two cymbal stands.
Began studying drums in February 2018. Loving every minute of it!.