Larry Lelli


drumpaintingHello 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 Drumheads,
Puresound Percussion 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 setup, for
A Christmas Story, The Musical.

For setup specs for my previous Broadway shows, like "The Producers" or "Assassins", go to the bottom of this page for, Past Broadway Show Setups.
Also, feel free to check out my profile on the 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.

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 Tom
16 x 22   
Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Bass drum
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)

4"           Sabian HH Triangle
8"           Sabian AAX Splash
10"         Sabian HH Duo Splash
14"         Sabian AA Regular HiHats
16"         Sabian AA Sound Control Crash
12"         Sabian AA Splash
20"         Sabian AA Medium Ride
16"         Sabian HHXplosion Crash

Latin PercussionLP Blue Jam Block, LP Red Jam Block, LP Black Beauty Sr. Cowbell, LP Rock Cowbell, LP Cyclops Tambourine, LP 36 bar chimes (mark tree)

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.

Vic Firth  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 hardware by 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.
Kelly SHU bass drum microphone mounting system.  Moon Gel.

H2S kit side"A 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

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 gallery.

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 the following links for a breakdown and detail of a few other setups that I have been used in the past:
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on Broadway (1 Tony Award & 8 nominations) (1 Tony Award
THE PRODUCERS on Broadway (Winning a record 12 Tony Awards!!)
ASSASSINS on Broadway (Winner of 5 Tony Awards!)
PAL JOEY  on Broadway (4 Tony Award nominations) (5
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET on Broadway (1 Tony Award & 3 nominations)

Click here for Live & Touring Setups