Gretsch USA Custom kit (2021)
6-ply maple/gum shells, Dark Walnut Gloss lacquer finish

  • 7″x10″ tomtom
  • 8″x12″ tomtom
  • 9″x13″ tomtom
  • 14″x14″ floor tom
  • 16″x16″ floor tom
  • 16″x22″ bass drum

My main recording kit. This kit lives at my studio and will probably never see a stage.

Gretsch Renown kit (2020)
7-ply maple shells, Piano Black lacquer finish

  • 8″x12″ tomtom
  • 9″x13″ tomtom
  • 16″x16″ floor tom
  • 14″x24″ bass drum

This is my kit for local shows and it rarely sees a studio, although I’ll occasionally use the bass drum with a closed front head for a really big resonant sound.

Q Drum Co. “Mahogany” kit (2014)
Mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells with maple reinforcement rings, ginger glass wrap finish

  • 9″x13″ tomtom
  • 16″x16″ floor tom
  • 16″x18″ floor tom
  • 16″x24″ bass drum

Tama Superstar kit (1979/1980)
6-ply birch shells, Super Mahogany lacquer finish

  • 8″x12″ tomtom
  • 9″x13″ tomtom
  • 10″x14″ tomtom
  • 16″x16″ floor tom
  • 16″x18″ floor tom
  • 14″x22″ bass drum

I initially picked up this kit locally as a 12-13-16-22 configuration. Stewart Copeland used a 100% identical kit in 1981-82 on the Zenyatta Mondatta album and the subsequent tour. I later found a matching 14″ tom and 18″ floor tom (the serial number on the 18″ is just a few numbers away from the rest of the kit!).

Snare Drums

  • 6″x14″ Ahead AS614T black nickel over brass (beadless 1.5mm shell)
  • 5″x14″ Gretsch 4160 COB
  • 5″x14″ Ludwig Supraphonic LM400 (1976)
  • 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″x14″ Pearl B4514 “All Purpose” (the “Stewart Copeland snare drum”)
  • 5.5″x14″ Q Drum Co. Gentlemen’s Series Brass
  • 6.5″x14″ Savage Custom Drums 5mm bell brass (exact replica of the 1980 Tama “Terminator”)
  • 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)
  • 4.75″x14″ Tama Superstar (made from 14″ early 80’s tomtom)
  • 3.25″x12″ Tama hammered steel
  • 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 or G1 on snare batter. Snare Side 300 or Orchestral 300 on snare bottom.
G2 Coated, G2 Clear, G1 Coated or G12 Coated on tom batters, G1 Clear on bottoms.
EQ4 Frosted on kick batter. Black or smooth white EQ3 on kick reso side.

Puresound Custom Pro brass snare wires most of the time (using regular ribbon straps). On vintage snare drums I often use 16 or 20-strand Puresound Custom series wires.

Pro-Mark. Mainly the Classic 5B (TX5BW), sometimes the ActiveGrip versions. In the studio or for lower volume situations I often use the Classic 5A (TX5AW). Assorted brushes and rods by ProMark.
For low-volume situations I use Q-Sticks (company owned by my former teacher Luuk Kranenburg).

I feel very fortunate to have the support of these fine companies and their awesome reps:

                  DrumTacs    BigBang  

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