The Drums

My Tama Starclassics – they are the Performer Birch shells in smaller tom sizes, 10″,12″ & 14″. The kick is an 18″x 22″ that is just really fat and full, no hole, no muffling. The snare is 51/2 x 14 and has become one of my favourites. These cymbals are 15″ Zildjian hi-hats, a Zildjian 16″ A crash, and a Zildjian 20″A Custom ride.

I also purchased an 18″ floor tom with it. This 6 piece kit has great versatility. I can get many different setups out of it by changing up configurations and heads.

Here I used the 18″ and the smaller drums for recording– they tune pretty low thanks to the Birch. These cymbals are all Zildjians- 14″ mastersound hats, a 15″ K crash, a 16″ medium crash, and a 20″ K heavy ride. The snare is my old Pearl (see below). This set up worked great for a tight yet lively sound on the rock songs we recorded.

I play this kit so much – I just love it and it is the one I use to benchmark all my work by.

This is a kit I built for gigging with 99 Tales. when I asked them what sound they were looking for the reply was simple- “lots of kick and snare!” Easy enough. I got some Keller maple shells and went to work.

The kick is an 18″ x 26″ with multiple air vents. The ride tom is a 10″ x 12″, and when it is in a soft case fits nicely inside the 16″ x 16″ floor tom for transport. The snare is an 8″ x 14″ maple Tama Starclassic, altho I have a Tama Oak 5 1/2″ x 14″ snare that works pretty well too. Brass hardware over a black gitter complete the look. I hope to build a matching snare for it soon.

The Cymbals are all Zildjian and are pretty much my standard rock set up. 20″ K heavy ride, A custom 17″ crash, 18″ A thin crash, and 14″ mastersound hats.

Another attempt at portability. I had some left over toms, bass drum, and hardware to put this kit together with.

The bass drum opens up for storage- you can see the snare fits very nicely inside. The sizes are 12″ x 22″ bass, 9″ x 10″ and 10″ by 12″ toms, and a 5 1/2 by 14″ snare. There is also a 7″ x 8″ tom not seen in the photos.

The cymbals are a UFIP 16″ crash, a 20″ K dark ride, 18″ K dark crash, and a Sabian 8″ splash atop a Z custom 12″ splash. A woodblock and cowbell mount on the bass drum.

Black hardware over a grey marine pearl complete the set. A fun kit to play with the trio, and the bass drum sounds surprisingly big.

Another rescue job. This is a 12″ x 5.5″ Tama snare, with a bronze shell and a set of their “mighty brass hoops.” It was pretty trashed… Maybe that’s why it was so cheap. As you can see it cleaned up nicely. I put a black head on it, which looks great but only sounds OK. My only complaint with this great drum is that the strainer lever is a poor design and can only be operated with deliberate effort.