Equipment - THE PRODuCERS
Here is a detail of the setup I used on the 12 time Tony Award winning
Broadway show - THE PRODUCERS.
Drums: ALL YAMAHA
14 x 5.5 Yamaha Aluminum Snare Drum (with Aluminum
die cast batter hoop & standard snareside DynaHoop)
10 x 7.5 Yamaha Beech Custom Tom
12 x 8 Yamaha Beech Custom Tom
14 x 12 Yamaha Beech Custom Tom
22 x 14 Yamaha Birch Custom Bass drum
Cymbals: ALL SABIAN (from left to right)
14" Sabian HHX Evolution HiHats
15" Sabian AAXplosion Crash
13" Sabian AA El Sabor Salsa Splash
15" Sabian HHXplosion Crash
19" Sabian HHX Stage Ride
14" Sabian AA Sound Control Crash
12" Sabian AA Splash
Latin Percussion: LP Blue Jam Block. LP Rock Cowbell.
LP 36 bar chimes (mark tree), LP Bell Tree. LP Cabasa.
Sabian and LP triangles.
Heads: All Remo Coated Ambassadors on
top of snare and 10 &
12 toms. Coated Emperor on 14" tom. Clear Ambassadors on
resonant side of all toms. Powerstroke 4 on kick drum.
Smooth white Ambassador on resonant side of kick drum.
Sticks: Vic Firth SD9 Maple wood tip, Custom Swizzle
malletsticks, Genis #1 Mallets, HB Heritage wire brushes and BJR Jazz
Rakes. PAD6 6" practice pad for warming up.
Other: Roc N Soc Drum Throne
(round nitro model with back rest),
Future Sonics in-ear
monitors. Puresound Custom 20 snare wires. All hardware by
Yamaha including the chain drive Flying Dragon Foot Pedal FP-9310
This is the basic kit. It does change from time to time,
depending on who is currently conducting, or even who is starring in
the show. For instance, when Nathan Lane is in the show, I up the
sizes of the crash cymbals by an inch, and use a Manu Katche 14
x 5.5 brass snare drum, because Nathan really likes to "feel" the
rimshots and cymbal crashes, and I need a little extra power to cut
right "thru" the wall of the pit into the stage. Also, at times
when I know that I will be in playing the show a lot, I will use Remo
Suede Ambassadors on the tom batters, simply because I love the mellow
tone that they produce. It's very reminiscent of "old time"
Hollywood musical scores, to my ear. But, when I'll be out of the
show a lot, I put the coated Ambassadors back on, simply because they
more durable, and are easier for all of my different drum subs to come
in and get a consistent tone, which is important for the sound
There is a specific reason for EVERYTHING that I have chosen to play in
the pit. For example I often get asked, "Why do you use a 14"
deep bass drum?" Simple. SPACE!!! The pit is SMALL
and I have limited amount of space available. The more I can do
to compact my drum setup, the better. (also note how the cymbals
are so close together and layered ontop of each other... another space
consideration.) Most other choices are based on musical reasons,
tho. But there are definite times when a give n take approach is
Beech drums have become
the choice in the pit for me, for several of
the past Broadway shows I've played. They have just enough
resonance to be warm and full sounding, yet stay out of the way.
Which is VERY
important for close-miked pit situations. Sound designers go
crazy with drums that ring for days, and I personally hate to muffle
the drums at all. So, I tend to steer towards beech.
Cymbals: the 14" HHX Evolution hats were a godsend. Thanks
to Dave Weckl and the team up at Sabian for coming up with one of the
most versatile sets of hats that are being made today. I can play
them anywhere from delicate & soft, to open and brashy...they do it
all, and do so MUSICALLY. I love them so much that I have several
different pairs so I never have to be without them. I can leave
one set in the pit permanently, keep one set in my studio and one set
for recording & gigging around town. I'd say I use these hats
on 70% of the live gigs I play. When I'm in the studio, you'll
often find me playing the 14" HHX Legacy hats. (Thanks again,
Dave & Sabian!) The same ideas of Evolution hats, just
darker, warmer, and less piercing... but they still retain the
shimmer. Beautiful hats.
When it comes to crashes, I'm a big fan of thin, fast cymbals, that's
why I like the AAX &
HHXplosion crashes. Big bang, and then they are gone.
Musical and easy to control and I can get many different sounds from
them. Very versatile cymbals.
Now go out there and
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