I splurged a little for a Ludwig 'Black Beauty' snare drum. I don't regret it. -- Our cymbals and snare drums are what we carry to gigs - and they're what any audience hears (before they decide to listen to anything else). When it comes to these items -- my philosophy is: Don't settle for anything less than what you really want.
Began studying drums in February 2018. Loving every minute of it!.