Liberty DeVitto, Jeff Porcaro,
Apt. Q258 (Jeff Sipe), Phil Gould, Richie Hayward, Tris Imborden,
Jan Kincaid, Bill Gibson, Questlove (Ahmir Thompson), Steve Jordan, Manu Katche, Gene Lake, Stokley, Quinjuan Anderson
and Poogie Bell.
"San Juanito" Configuration:
I use this configured set to play at places where there isn't much space and I have to play quieter, or I have to use public transpotation to carry my drum set. The sound is tight, but full. My kick drum has good low end and when I mic it, nobody realize that the sound come from such a tiny drum! I also use this to play jazz. It took me over 2 years to complete! The trick is to shrink all the elements, meaning drums and cymbals as even as possible. That way everything will sound balanced. Kick:
16”x16” converted from a floor tom. I use 2 leg brackets for a pair of spurs and one for the ride cymbal. I'm also using a kick drum lifter. Snare:
I use 12”x5.5” Tama snare with Yamaha Groove-Wedge. The snare is small in size, but it doesn't sound thin. The closed rim shot sound great too. HiHats:
Zildjian Z Custom Splash on top with Zildjian Special Recording HiHat on bottom. After trying many different combinations, I felt that this was the one! Very, very tight, but it has good depth in sound. Ride:
I use 18” Zidjian K Custom Session Ride. This is the smallest size ride that sounds really great as ride cymbal. It sounds so great that I use on regular kit too. Crash:
14” Zildjian K Custom Fast Crash. This one is fast, but then it doesn't sound like a splash yet! All my hardware is compiled with lightest possible stands that does not compromise the performance. I carry the set on NYC subway time to time, and it's OK! Sometimes I add 8”x2” tom and 12”x8” tom (floor).
Tama P.T.S. (customized) and stands including customaized HP40, Iron Cobra HP900P Single pedal and HH75N, Iron Cobra HH905 hihat stand. I also use Yamaha HS650 hihat stand, Pearl P-120 kick pedal and very small Ludwig straight cymbal stand for my "San Juanito" drums.
Zildjian 5B wooden tip and Vic Firth Brushes Steve Gadd Model
Remo clear Emperor (for Granstar Custom), Ambassador (for Superstar) on top,
Remo clear Ambassador on botton, Attack coated 1 ply medium on snare top, Remo hazy Ambassador on snare side, Evans clear EMAD on bass drum batter with Tama black 250 on front. Keyboards:
A-90Ex, Roland Rhodes 760, Roland M-BD-1 MIDI Sequencer:
Vision DSP Audio Editor: