Let me tell you what I keep in my drum bag. I use the Tom and Will mallets gig bag which holds everything I need. After 6 years of gigging with the drums, it has taught me to be organised when it comes to my drum accessories. Having all the different compartments means I can house everything without forgetting where I put them last time I played a gig. It also clips onto the floor tom, which means I can have the different sticks next to me that I can’t fit in the holder along with all my accessories easy to grab.
In the austere economic climate, it's more important than ever to get the best deal you can - especially in the lead up to Christmas! This doesn't just include price, but the balance of what you actually get for your money - in musical terms, the quality of the instrument.