This is my first blog post back after my amazingly refreshing holiday to Turkey. I can’t recommend this place enough. It’s an amazingly beautiful country. If you ever get the opportunity to go, go you wont be disappointed.
Anyway back to business. I thought id start a small series of blogs about the equipment I am currently using.
My First blog is about my Main Drum Kit and which is also the one featured in my drum covers and the kit I use to teach my students on.
First about the Kit it’s self. It’s a DW (drum Workshop) Collectors Series finished in Blue Ouster wrap and off-set with Black Chrome Hardware. The Rack Tom sizes are 12”x8″, 13”x9″, 14”x10″ and 16”x12″ I have no floor toms on this kit all Toms are suspended via the DW STM system (suspension tom mount). My Base Drum is a non drilled 24”x18″ Cannon which sounds absolutely amazing. It’s loud and crisp at the same time. My snare that I brought with this kit is a DW Black Nickel Knurled steel 14” by 6.5” Snare. Its a very nice snare but I will say its not the snare I use in the videos. (More about that snare in the next part of this series)
My second snare (to the left of me) is a 13” by 3” Pearl Maple Piccolo Snare. I love the sound of this little snare. So tight and snappy, perfect for a little accented part in a song.
The Drum Heads on this kit are all by REMO and they are made specifically for DW. They are a clear/coated head. To give you the best of both worlds. The bright tones of a clear head with the control and dampening of a coated head.
The Hardware I use on this kit is also all from DW. My double base peddles and Hi-hat stand are from the DW 5000 range. These are by far the most smoothest and responsive set of peddles I have ever had the pleasure of playing. (they look pretty good too) My cymbal and Tom stands are also DW.
Now for my Cymbals. All the Cymbals I own and have ever owned are Zildjian. I have around 25 at the moment all being from different ranges. The ones I use on this kit though are all from the A Custom range with the exception of 1 being from there Oriental range. I have never broken a Zildjian cymbal (touch wood) and I still have the very first 1 I brought from over 14 years ago. It’s an A 14” paper thin Crash. The main reason I started with Zildjians is because of the soul fact my drum teacher used to play them. So it was natural for my to get them as well. But I have to say now I love the sound and the look of the cymbals, and for the style of music I like to play I don’t think anything else comes close. (but that’s just my opinion.) if you would like a debate on which company makes the best cymbals please leave a comment 😉
The Cymbals on this kit are:
13” Hi Hats
18” Fast Crash
21” Projection Ride
My stick choice is predominantly Zildjian wood tip 5a’s, But I have recently moved away from these sticks as I found I started to break a hell of a lot of them. (Around 2 pairs a week). So I have recently moved to Vic Firth 5A’s which seem to stand up to far more punishment.
Please check out the DW website. They have some brilliant stuff on there. www.dwdrums.com