honestly does the brand make a difference? their is no best cymbal or drum, or proper way to tune. its all personal preference. if u prefer sunlites with cambers over DW's with K Customs, THEN GO FOR IT!! don't let people be dicks and tell you that your stuff sucks. i have played many CB kits that blew high end kits out of the water!!! i have 2 zildjian scimitar crashes that i primarily keep on my kit, while i have A custom's sitting over their collecting dust!! somebody prefers one brand of drums or cymbals, and so anybody who plays anything other than that is a newb! a loser! maybe some people just love music and love playing drums, but can't afford the best stuff, so they play on entry level kits from the 80's and have nameless cymbals that are little more than pressed metal. does that make you any better than them? just because ur sitting behind your 16 piece pearl masters kit surrounded by golden cymbals doesnt make you anymore of a drummer sitting behind a 4 piece CB kit with 2 camber cymbals. sometimes i am ashamed to be a percussionist because of this. i am not trying 2 make u feel bad for having nice things, just don't be dissing on people who are less fortunate than you.