Hello there... it's Larry
here. When it comes to talking equipment, I'll be updating this
page personally, cuz I loooooooove to talk gear!!
I am VERY particular when it comes to gear selection, and really do
believe that it's important for any artist to feel completely
comfortable and secure on the instrument they are playing. With
such a large selection of professional gear available these days, I
feel we, as musicians, owe it to the music to select the proper
instruments to help us create. Any of the drummers who I look up
to, do the same.
That's why I play Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks
& Mallets, Remo
Snare Wires, and Latin
Percussion instruments exclusively. I feel
confident that I can find the exact sound and instrument that I'm
looking for with the products made by these companies.
I also use Future Sonic In-ear monitors for live
performances, as well as Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones on most studio work and some of my
high volume pit work. And I'm also a fan of Roc N Soc
drumthrones. Great for us cats who like lots of cushion!
Here are pics and details of my most recent show
for A Christmas Story, The Musical.
specs for my previous Broadway shows, like "The Producers" or
"Assassins", go to the bottom of this page for, Past Broadway Show Setups.
free to check
out my profile on the www.sabian.com website, as
there is fun interactive diagram there on the setup builder.
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 used for my past Broadway show A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL.
STORY - THE MUSICAL" SET
Drums: ALL YAMAHA
6.5x 14 Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Snare drum
8 x 12
Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Tom
14 x 14 Yamaha
Maple Custom Absolute Floor
16 x 22 Yamaha
Maple Custom Absolute Bass
6.5x 14 Yamaha Brass Nouveau Snare drum (on left
side of hihat - pictured below under Sabian towel)
Cymbals: ALL SABIAN (from left to right)
Sabian HH Triangle
Sabian AAX Splash
Sabian HH Duo Splash
Sabian AA Regular HiHats
Sabian AA Sound Control Crash
Sabian AA Splash
Sabian AA Medium Ride
Sabian HHXplosion Crash
Latin Percussion: LP Blue Jam Block, LP Red Jam Block,
LP Black Beauty
Sr. Cowbell, LP Rock Cowbell, LP Cyclops Tambourine, LP 36 bar chimes
Heads: All Remo Coated Ambassador on
snare batter. Hazy Ambassador snare side. Coated Ambassadors on
batter & resonant side of all toms.
Powerstroke 3 on bass drum
batter. Smooth White Ambassador on bass drum resonant side.
Pillow inside bass drum for muffling.
AS5A American Sound
Hickory drumsticks (round wood tip), Heritage Brushes (purple handle). M-31 Terry Gibbs Vibe Mallets. 5A
Dual Tone mallet/sticks.
Other: Roc N Soc Drum Throne
(round nitro model with back rest),
Puresound Custom Pro Brass 20 snare wires -
model# CPB1420. All
Yamaha including the FP-9500C chain drive Foot
Pedal. Vic Firth PAD12
12" practice pad for warming up. Vic Firth SBAG2 Stick bag. Vic
Firth Stick Caddy. Vic Firth Isolation Headphones. LP
Universal Mount-All Brackets and Trap Tray.
SHU bass drum
microphone mounting system. Moon Gel.
CHRISTMAS STORY..." SET - Right Side
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. I often get asked questions such as,
"Why do you use
such small crash cymbals?" Simple... both for sonic reasons and for
SPACE reasons. On this particular show, because there is a lot of
very specific dance music, I use three different splash cymbals to
differentiate each specific group of dancers... for instance, the kid
dancers get 8" AAX Splash hits on their fantasy sequence dance kicks,
to sound very "toy-like"; opposed to larger 10" HH Duo Splash kicks
when they are back in "reality".On thi
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
over a decade, 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 BLASTERS
model. They are LOUD yet still remain musical and
sensitive. I just love 'em!
Ok, enough rambling... Check
detail of a few other setups
that I have been used in the past:
Succeed In Business Without
Really Trying on Broadway (1 Tony Award & 8
nominations) (1 Tony Award
THE PRODUCERS on Broadway (Winning a record 12
Broadway (Winner of 5 Tony Awards!)
PAL JOEY on Broadway (4 Tony Award
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Broadway (1 Tony Award & 3 nominations)
PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE
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Live & Touring Setups