Q Drum Co. kit (2014)
Mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells with maple reinforcement rings.

  • 8″x12″ tomtom
  • 9″x13″ tomtom
  • 15″x15″ floor tom
  • 16″x16″ floor tom
  • 16″x18″ floor tom
  • 14″x20″ bass drum
  • 16″x24″ bass drum

Tama Superstar kit (1979)
6-ply birch shells

  • 8″x12″ tomtom
  • 9″x13″ tomtom
  • 16″x16″ floor tom
  • 14″x22″ bass drum

I have owned dozens of drums kits and often more than a couple at a given time. I recently decided to scale things back. Rather than owning a dozen one-trick ponies, I opted for two extremely versatile kits instead. With the Q kit (which is really two kits) and Tama kit and the various drum size options between them, as well as different head choices and tunings, virtually any type of drum sound/tone can be achieved to fit the music. From thuddy/retro to open/jazzy, tight/modern or big/boomy.
The Q’s are basically modern (more reliable/consistent) replicas of the ever so popular 60’s Ludwig and Slingerland kits with slightly sharper bearing edges that allow for a more open sound and higher tunings without the drums choking. They offer a warm, fat sound that can either be open and resonant with thinner heads tuned up a little higher and no dampening, or thuddy and deep with thicker heads tuned lower and some muffling. The birch shells of the Superstars are punchy, focused and more modern sounding when tuned up, yet will definitely still have a classic vibe when tuned low with thicker heads. Stewart Copeland used a 100% identical kit in the mid-80’s.

Snare Drums

  • 5″x14″ Ludwig Supraphonic LM400 (1964)
  • 5″x14″ Ludwig Acrolite (1979)
  • 5″x14″ Ludwig Standard (Ludalloy) (1969)
  • 6.5″x14″ Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 (limited edition with bow-tie lugs) (1982)
  • 6.5″x14″ Ludwig Supraphonic bronze (1981)
  • 5″x15″ Ludwig Supralite
  • 5″x14″ Rogers Powertone (chrome over brass) (1968)
  • 5.5″x14″ Q Drum Co. Copper Plate
  • 5.5″x14″ Q Drum Co. Gentlemen’s Series Brass
  • 6″x14″ Q Drum Co. Aluminum Plate
  • 7″x14″ Q Drum Co. Gentlemen’s Series Copper
  • 6.5″14″ Q Drum Co. Maple
  • 5.5″x14″ Tama SLP Classic Maple
  • 5.5″x14″ Tama Starclassic Birch (1990’s)
  • 8″x14″ Tama Superstar (made from 14″ early 80’s tomtom)
  • 5″x14″ Tama Superstar (made from 14″ early 80’s tomtom)
  • 3.25″x12″ Tama hammered steel
  • 6″x14″ Ahead brass (beadless 1.5mm shell)
  • 5″x14″ PDP Ace (w/2.3mm triple-flanged hoops)
  • 6.5″x14″ PDP Ace (w/3mm DW True Hoops)
  • 7″x13″ maple snare (self-built, 10-ply Keller shell)

Large assortment of Paiste cymbals, vintage and current: Formula 602, Modern Essentials, Masters, Signature, Dark Energy, 2002, Giant Beat, 505, Rude, Alpha, 900.

Wide variety of Evans heads, always depending on the situation. Power Center Reverse Dot, G2, UV1, or G1 on snare batter. Snare Side 300 or Orchestral 300 on snare bottom.
G2 Coated, G2 Clear, UV1, G12 Coated or Calftone on tom batters, G1 Clear or Reso 7 on bottoms.
EQ4 Frosted, EQ4 Clear, EMAD Coated or Calftone EMAD on kick batter. Black or smooth white EQ3 on kick reso side.
Puresound wires on all my snare drums. Mostly 20-strand Custom Pro brass (with grosgrain ribbon straps instead of the straps with clips), sometimes Blasters. On vintage snare drums I usually use 16 or 20-strand Custom series wires.

Pro-Mark. Mainly the classic 5B (TX5BW), sometimes the Classic 5B Active Grip, Firegrain or 5B Pro Round. Assorted brushes and rods. For low-volume situations I use Q-Sticks (company owned by my former teacher Luuk Kranenburg).


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