I've played on Tamas
and the answer is it really depends on what you play. If you're a rocker, go with Tama
(famous heavy rock/metal drummers like Lars Ulrich from Metallica and Mike Portnoy from DT use Tamas
). If you want something well rounded and versatile for all styles, Pearl
is the way to go. They're famous for versatility, and legends like Dennis Chambers endorse Pearl
. As for your cymbals, make it a priority to stay away from the b8 lines. Like ZBT, ZXT, and ZHT from Zildjian
, they work...but that's about it. I like the AAX line from Sabian
; they're really modern and bright, but just that's my preference. The AA line is a more traditional cymbal.