Larry Lelli
Equipment-how to succeed in business without really trying



Here is a detail of the setup I used for the the Tony Award winning Broadway production of:  HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.  This production first starred Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and later starred Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges.  Also, feel free to check out a video that NBC lovingly borrowed from our show: NBC Superbowl ad to "Brotherhood of Men"

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 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.


5.5x 14   
Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Snare drum (as pictured) or 6 x 14 Yamaha Vintage Maple Snare Drum
8   x 12    Yamaha Club Custom Tom

13 x 14   
Yamaha Club Custom Floor Tom
15 x 20   
Yamaha Club Custom Bass drum

Cymbals:  ALL SABIAN
14"         Sabian AA Regular HiHats
16"         Sabian HHXtreme Crash
20"         Sabian Artisan Light Ride
15"         Sabian HH Thin Crash
18"         Sabian HH Mini Bell Ride with one rivet
10"         Sabian HH Duo Splash
22"         Sabian Wind Gong
5"           Sabian Triangle

Latin PercussionLP Bell Tree, LP Eddie Montalvo Accent Bongos, LP Blue Jam Block, LP Black Beauty Sr. Cowbell, LP Rock Cowbell, LP 36 bar chimes (mark tree), 

Heads:  All Remo Coated Ambassador on snare batter.  Hazy Ambassador snare side. 
Coated Vintage A on tom batters.  Coated Ambassadors on resonant side of all toms.
Powerstroke 3 on bass drum batter.  Smooth White Ambassador on bass drum resonant side.  No muffling in bass drum.

Vic Firth  SPE3 Peter Erskine Big Band stick (wood tip), Heritage Brushes (purple handle). M-31 Terry Gibbs Vibe Mallets. 5A Dual Tone mallet/sticks.  GB4 Medium Gong Beater.

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.  ACME siren whistle and cuckoo whistle.  Custom glass wind chimes.  Vic Firth SBAG2 Stick bag.  Vic Firth Stick Caddy.
Kelly SHU bass drum microphone mounting system.  Moon Gel.

H2S kit side"HOW TO SUCCEED..." 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.

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 gallery.

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 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.