Equipment-how to succeed in business
without really trying
Here is a detail of the setup I used for the the Tony Award winning
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
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
Drums: ALL YAMAHA
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
15 x 20 Yamaha Club Custom Bass
Cymbals: ALL SABIAN
Sabian AA Regular HiHats
Sabian HHXtreme Crash
Sabian Artisan Light Ride
Sabian HH Thin Crash
Sabian HH Mini Bell Ride with one rivet
10" Sabian HH Duo Splash
22" Sabian Wind Gong
5" Sabian Triangle
Latin Percussion: LP 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.
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
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.
SHU bass drum
microphone mounting system. Moon Gel.
"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
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 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.