Equipment-MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Here is a detail of the setup I used for the the Tony Award winning
production of: MILLION
free to check
out a video of our performance on David Letterman here: MDQ on Letterman
Feel free to email me about gear related issues; I'm always
happy to share my insight and experiences.
Here is a photo of the kit I'm using onstage for my past Broadway show
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.
Drums: ALL YAMAHA
6 x 14 Yamaha Tour Custom Maple Snare drum or 6 x
14 Yamaha Vintage Maple Snare Drum
8 x 12 Yamaha Tour Custom Maple Tom
14 x 14 Yamaha
Tour Custom Maple Floor
14 x 20 Yamaha
Tour Custom Maple Bass
(all wrapped in Vintage White Marine Pearl Finish)
Cymbals: ALL SABIAN
Sabian AA Regular HiHats
19" Sabian AA Crash Ride
16" Sabian AA Thin Crash (for outside
gigs & recording)
17" Sabian AA Thin Crash (for outside gigs
18" Sabian AA Crash Ride (for outside gigs & recording)
20" Sabian HH Flat Ride with
outside gigs & recording)
Heads: All Remo Fiberskyn 3
Ambassadors on tom batters and both bass drum heads. Fiberskyn 3
resonant side of all toms. Renaissance Ambassador on snare
batter. Hazy Ambassador snare side. All drums are wide open
(no muffling) except thin felt strips on each bass drum head.
wood tip, Jazz Brushes (white plastic handle). Vic Firth SBAG2 Stick bag.
Other: Roc N Soc Drum Throne
(round nitro model with back rest),
Puresound Custom 20 snare wires. All
Yamaha including the chain drive Foot Pedal FP-9500C. Vic Firth PAD12
12" practice pad for warming up. Authentic NYC Taxi brake drum.
This is the basic kit. There is a specific
reason for EVERYTHING that I have chosen to play on this show, as there
is with every gig I play.
For a detailed spec list and photo of the setup that I used for the 12
time Tony Award winning show "THE PRODUCERS", click here.
At ASSASSINS (the
last Stephen Sondheim/ John Weidman show I did) I
went with the good old Recording Customs. Sondheim wanted a
controlled tone coming from the drums (since I was up in the air, built
right into the roller coaster that was the set!) and a more
"traditional" look, (piano black with the long lugs) and they were the
perfect choice. See the photo of this crazy setup
in my photo
A NOTE ON SNARES; I have been using Puresound Snare Wires for
many years, and can't say enough good stuff about them.
Simply...they will improve the sound of ANY snare drum. Do
yourself a favor and go get a set of them, and throw them on one of
your snares. You will be AMAZED at the difference. They are
so consistent and allow you much better control over your snare sound,
articulation and dynamics of the drum. Give 'em a shot. And
when I'm playing rock gigs... I will usually use the new BLASTERS
model. They are LOUD yet still remain musical and
sensitive. I just love 'em!
Now go out there and
MAKE SOME MUSIC!! And check out the excellent websites of all the
companies that I'm so proud to be affiliated with, on my LINKS page.