My Eames Vintage-E kit:

  • 14″ x 20″ bass drum (or 22″ as pictured)
  • 8.5″ x 13″ mounted tom
  • 13″ x 16″ floor tom
  • 5″ x 14″ snare drum

    Photo by Olivia Gatti

Shure Beta 52 microphone is suspended on the inside of the bass drum by a Kelly Shu internal shock-mount system.

Another beloved – 1972 Gretsch in Black Nitron:

  • 14″ x 20″ bass drum (or 24″ as pictured)
  • 9″ x 13″ mounted tom
  • 16″ x 16″ floor tom
  • 5″ x 14″ COB snare drum


    Photo by Irene Van Schyndel

The one drum that gets swapped out the most in my world is the snare drum…depending on the music, the venue, live or studio, my mood, etc’.

A few ‘go-to’ snares include a 5×14″ Gretsch chrome-over-brass / 5.5×14″ Yamaha Jimmy Chamberlin model / 6.5×14″ Eames Vintage-E / 1968 5×14″ Ludwig Acrolite

Zildjian Cymbals

My first ride cymbal [back in the 6th grade] was a Zildjian – and their factory is right here in Massachusetts.  I’ve grown up with them.  There’s never been a time in my entire musical life where a Zildjian wasn’t within arm’s reach. They make the sounds that I want, and are a joy to play.  It’s that simple.  As well, I’ve always appreciated how their models are well organized into different series (A/A Custom/K/K Custom/Constantinople/Kerope, etc’).  These categories make perfect sense to me.  I don’t have to think too much when I’m chasing down an instinct and need a certain sound.

In my chameleon-esque musical world – much like snare drums – my cymbal set-up changes depending on the type of music I’m playing, and whether it’s a live gig or a studio session.  Here’s a configuration that’s been working well for me (for live shows), as it seems to cover lots of musical territory:

  • 13″ K. Hi Hats
  • 17″ A. Zildjian Fast Crash
  • 19″ Armand “Beautiful Baby” Ride
  • 16″ S. Trash/Crash

Evans Drumheads

I normally prefer medium-weight coated single-ply drumheads on my tom-toms, for both batter & resonant. Lately I’m really enjoying the G12 coated head, which is just slightly thicker than a traditional medium.  These heads provide the perfect combination of snap [due to the coating], resonance, and longevity.

Sometimes different types of heads (clear; double-ply, etc’) might be what is called for on a particular drum or a particular session, so I’m not inflexible.  I’ll try whatever works best for the music.

For the bass drum batter, frequently an EQ4 Frosted is my ‘go to’ – perhaps one of the best sounding bass drumheads I’ve ever played. That said, the new Calftone ’56 heads sound amazing.

The snare drum almost always gets a coated Power Center Reverse Dot, with a 300 snare-side.

Promark Sticks


Drum Workshop [DW] model 5000 ADS – the “heel-less” model.

177859_detailsThe beater is [most often] a Danmar square felt.


 In-Ear Monitors

Gorilla Ears  GX Series [GX2b]