Excellent postings Jaay/Rob! Sorry I'll miss you in Atlanta later this month, but our time will come.
So I am one of those 'people' - Acoustics and Zendrum hybrid freak-a-zoids!
Initially it developed out of necessitate. My 3 man band that had me playing only Zendrum was a great opportunity, unfortunately out here in the 'corn desert' of central Illinois, not many people understood it (including my band mates) and eventually the group dissolved.
By chance one day I bought a killer set of Sonor F3000 SSE's at a pawn shop and set them up at a weekly jam (1.5 hrs away) where I was also welcome to use my Zendrum. This was my salvation escape while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up, and refined my aged chops.
Several months later, I happened into a group a mature musicians who needed an acoustic drummer, but also wanted a 'hook' that was unique for the bands' image. My Zendrum was a perfect fit and currently accounts for 25% of our set list songs. Let me tell you, the audience loves it (especially the chicks!!), great crowd participation, and the exhibitionist side of me couldn't be happier. We are now gigging 1-2 times a month. We play local bars, private events and an occasional benefit. Gigs are from 2 to normally 4 hours long.
Along the way I came to the self-realization that as much as I love playing the Zendrum, I also derive great personal satisfaction from playing my acoustics. I had forgotten how much pleasure is obtained from playing acoustics, the intricacies of the HH, the crack of the snare, and thumping feedback from the bass and toms. From 1999 - 2009 I was totally electronic (Roland VDrums and Zendrum). I recorded 6 albums with my all-original Christian Contemporary band and I do not regret a single minute of it. However, I have moved on to a new musical chapter of my life, and that involves both the acoustics and Zendrum.
Regarding the dual gear aspect. My footprint with my Sonors is small and light. I intentionally went with a 20" bass studio short stack toms to minimize weight and size. I integrated multi-clamps on my bass tom mounts to eliminate 2 cymbal stands, and have gone with single brace hardware as much as possible. Acoustic set-up/tear down is relatively quick and painless. I am blessed to be in shape at 52 years old and still be able to do it. I am usually set-up in less than 20 minutes and ready to go before the guitars are even tuned up. Currently I do not mic my drums.
The Zendrum gear addition only involves the Zendrum, stand and TD-10exp module. In less than 3 minutes, I am plugged into our board and fully functional. Wireless Zendrum is a godsend!
I play acoustics because: 1) I love playing them; and 2) It's a necessary sacrifice in order to have a gig.
I play Zendrum because: 1) I love playing it; and 2) My band has welcomed it's uniqueness into our eclectic mix. I also play the Zendrum exclusively at church.
I am a musician who plays drums and percussion using a varied palette of instruments!! And yes, sometimes other musicians need to 're-program' themselves for the better good of the band, the music and the performance. It is a miracle when you can find such open-minded musicians.
In the end - be true to yourself and have fun along the way. Having a gig is much better than staying at home!!
PS - anyone remember the days of hauling a Hammond B5 Organ to the gigs!!
Now that was some serious dedication!