1 drmilktruck 10 months ago I was watching the Jeff Beck Les Paul movie and noticed the drummer was playing Pearl drums. That got me to thinking. Drums always sound like drums to me. I know the difference between snare drums, tom toms, bass drums, etc... However is there a difference between brands? Do Gretsch drums sound or play differently than Pearl or Ludwig? Do different materials make a difference? I'm sure some people ask that about guitars and we will angrily tell them they're wrong (despite little empiric evidence it's true.) Drummers use the same kit during concerts for all songs and seemingly often for years. Please enlighten me.