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Tiznobias 10-09-2001 02:15 PM

Describe your Drum Setup!!!
I can't believe there wasn't a thread for this already!

Ok, what kind of setups do you guys have? I'll go first then....

-Pearl Export 7-piece, white.
-Pearl rack, all Pearl hardware
-Pearl Powershifter II kick pedal
-Remo Pinstripe heads, 'cept the snare, its got some batter head.
-Zildjian Mastersound 14 inch high-hats
-Zildjian A Custom Crash, 15 inch i think
-Zildjian Thin Crash 17 inch
-Zildjian A Custom Splash, 12 or 13 inch
-Zildjian Splash 10 inch
-Zildjian A Custom Ride 20 inch
-Nylon tipped wood stick, dunno what brand
-Pearl seat

Ok, your turn!

P.S. Anyone got opinions on a good snare? I'm not too hot on mine...

Insane Drummer 10-09-2001 07:37 PM

i got

mapex V 5 peice kit
sabian B8 20 in ride
sabian B8 18 in crash ride
sabian B8 14 in hi hats
cracked sabian B8 8 in splash
wuhan 12 in china
wuhan 12 in splash
LP tambouine
toca 9 1/2 in cowbell
rythem tech clave bell ( i don't use it much but it was on sale for $2)
hardware is about 5 or 6 differnt brands
drum sticks promark oak 5b wood tip (same kind of sticks david from third day uses just if for some reson y'all care)

JT 10-09-2001 07:45 PM

Tama Rockstar 7pc (10/12/13/14/16)
a buncha Tama/Gibralter hardware on a Gibralter rack
Some cool Pearl hihat stand
DW5000 kick pedal
Paiste Signature hats
Paiste Signature 16" power crash
Paiste 502 16" crash
Paiste 502 16" power crash (use it as a ride)
Paiste 2002 10" splash
Paiste Colorsound 18" china
Zildjian 22" some kinda ride
Zildjian A 15" paper thin crash
some funny little 4/6/8 inch accent cymbals i got cheap on eBay
some chimes

Squeak286 10-09-2001 08:24 PM

Yamaha Stage Custom (the older discontinued one)

toms(evans G2 batters, 1 ply remo resonant):

snare(evans super tough, batter evans side 400 resonant) 6.5x14

bass(evans eq2 batter, remo 1-ply resonant) 16x22

Zildjian ZBT
10" splash
14" hihats
16" crash (six cracks, one more than an inch long!)
20" ride

Yamaha hardware

Insane Drummer 10-16-2001 02:28 PM

i forgot to say my drum heads are

on the toms

Evans genera G2 2 ply

on the snare

Remo power stroke 3 2 ply

on the bass

i have no idea whatever kinda of heads come with mapex drum kits

+Donny 10-16-2001 07:38 PM

Pearl Export series(SWEET black heads and black shells) 5 piece
2 mounted toms
1 floor tom
bass drum

Premier Snare

Saluda 10 Splash

Zildjian Platinum
22 ride
14 high hats
17 crash

Paiste 16 crash

Insane Drummer 10-18-2001 11:00 AM

black drum heas SWEET my set is black hey what color is the rest of y'alls sets

Unregistered 10-19-2001 05:16 AM

Um, PREMIER 5 piece, chopped down to a 4 piece.

Snare, Bass, One Tom, Floor Tom.

Hi-hat, Ride, Ride Crash, Crash.

"Quiet" sticks, both smashed to pieces, playing with just the handles at the moment, Oops :)


Drumin4thecross 11-05-2001 04:43 PM

Ok here goes..

I'm using my dad's set at the moment, however, I will be getting a Tama Starclassic Performer kit in the near future.

My current set up:

7 pc. Rogers XP-8 Series Drums (80's series, all maple shells)


14x22 kick
5x14 Dynasonic snare

Heads are Remo- Power dots on toms and bass (I'm gonna get pinstripes soon), Coated ambassador on the snare.

Hardware is Rogers/Tama (including Iron Cobra pedal)

Cymbals (Old A Zildjian/Sabian)-

14" Sabian AA regular hats
13" Zildjian crash
16" Zildjian crash
18" Zildjian crash
22" Zildjian ride (soon replaced)

It's kind of an old set, but it has a great sound.

Squeak286 11-06-2001 05:22 PM

hey i got a new crash, A Zildjian Medium-Thin 16" (very nice!)

anyway, Tiznobias, for a good snare I'd say go with DW or pork pie.

expensive but worth! probably $300-$500

Tup 11-07-2001 04:22 PM

I gata simple setup
I gata simple setup :D Pearl 1999 export Pro. standered 2 mounted toms on basedrum, 1 floor tom 16 in. 5 by 14 anare. cheap zilgen scyther hihghats, gona get som new ones, pearls and gibralter hardware, 20 in. B8 ride 10 in. Pro Splash 14 in. Pro Crash, 16 in. B8 crash 18 in. Pro crash, all sabian except for gay hihg hats., i am thinking about gettin a tama set.

acura8591 11-13-2001 10:20 PM

Tama Kit
Magenta Wood

Generic HI-Hat
Tama Snare
Generic 14" Crash Cymbal

Tama Toms


Tama Kick Drum

Not sure about the heads! It isn't my kit. Just the one I use. I play in my best friends ska band.

Madman_Andy 11-15-2001 02:56 PM

Brand of snares...
I prefer Mapex snares, though DW stuff is sweet, you have to be rollin' in the dough to get DW stuff, though.
I also started out playin' on a Thor snare, nice sound... when I could keep it tuned!

MikeyStix 12-05-2001 06:24 AM

Hi Everyone.
Here's my first post on this site WOO HOOO!
Anyway....My drum set-up;

Yamaha Stage Custom (the discontinued one) in Raven Black
It's the standard Rock 5 piece.

12 and 13 toms with 16 floor tom and 22 bass, 5.5 x 14 wood snare.

Normal setup of drums plus:
Ludwig steel snare on the left of the left side hats
15" Zildjian K Dark crash
14" Sabian AAX Stage Hats
16" Sabian AAX Studio Crash
17" Zildjian Rock Crash (A)
12" Sabian AA Splash
21" Sabian AAX Stage Ride
14" Camber Hats (as aux placed over floor tom)
Most hardware is Yamaha with some Pearl and Gibralter mixed in
I play "The Duallist" double bass pedal along with the Yamaha single. I also have a set of RotoToms used sparingly for the reggae stuff we occasionally do.

HolyDaze247 12-31-2001 04:12 PM

i love my DW drums
I have a DW collectors kit. Brought off of EBAY on a Sunday after church (and 3 hours of negotiations with my parents). It's Black satin oil (hand rubbed flat finish) with black hardware.
-18x22 kick drum
-8x10 rack tom
-10x12 rack tom
-12x14 rack tom
-14x16 rack tom
-5.5x13 Dunnet Custom Snare drum with JESUS fish engraved on titanium shell
-20" Sabian El Sabor Ride
-16" Sabian AAX Studio Crash
-16" Sabian AAX Dark Crash
-14" Sabian Dark Crash
-13" Zildjian K/Z HiHats
-10" Paiste Signature Splash
-8" Zildjian K splash
EVANS heads
G2 coated on toms
DW (Remo) heads on bottom
ST Dry on Snare drum
300 Hazy on bottom of Snare
EMAD on kick drum batter head
EQ3 front head with DW logo

:rolleyes: thank you JESUS because I saved $4000 on this kit buying it on EBAY. When you ask he will provide.

+Donny 01-01-2002 01:07 AM

i got rid of one mounted tom, so now I have one mounted tom and one floor tom, mt set is getting very confined, i can reach everything very easy now:D

Veda Leben 01-02-2002 09:03 PM

Well now, where should we start...


4 Sabian Crashed 16" to 18" in front
3 Sabian Splashes 6" to 10"
2 Sabian Chinas at opposite sides 17" to 18"
1 Sabian Mini-China 12" with a 10" Splash underneath for tight, quick attacks
2 Sabian Splashes Stacked for cripser, tight attacks
Sabian Fast Hats
Zildjian 20" Ride
1 Sabian Bell Disc

Drums - Tama Starclassic (Sizes, don't care to check)

3 roto-toms
4 rack toms
2 floor toms
4 Octobans
2 LP Timbales
2 LP Timbalitos
Pearl, Black Nickle, Chad Smith signature Snare
2 Bass drums (working on third)


2 DW 5000 Pedals
1st Chair Throne (mmm)
Pro Mark 5B drum sticks
Gibraltar Rack system
Cymbal Yarn tip Mallets
Remo Pin-Stripe Drum Skins


12 Snapple Bottles
Turkish Cymbals
and a "No Dog Poop Here" Street sign

I also have an Electric Drumset to play when people get mad about my Acoustic set. I'm working on making a new set.

Veda Leben

+Donny 01-03-2002 10:41 AM

wow, now that is impressive

wait a minute..

i already knew you had that set, just not that detailed description:eek:

Veda Leben 01-03-2002 11:37 AM

Hahahaha, there yah go Donny :-D

Unregistered 01-03-2002 12:27 PM

Someone's working on their own [insert color here] Monster!

Veda Leben 01-03-2002 01:08 PM

HAHAHA LOL! Go you dude! Very nice call. But I'm sorry to say, I haven't a Purple Monster like "some" people. But it is black :-) And quite dusty. Haven't played in a while. But nice call!

Veda Leben

Insane Drummer 01-03-2002 01:30 PM

DANG Veda think you got enough stuff!!!! do you got a picture of that set i wanna see it....

Veda Leben 01-03-2002 02:14 PM

I have only old pics of it, when it wasn't QUITE as large. I moved and added the latin stuff from the sale of our house. But it's been my experience that you can never hane "too much". There are always more sounds to explore, and more rhythms to invent and perfect. The latin section helps a lot with that, as does my "Urban Section" of the set. (Which is still growing).

There are people out there that will say, "Awe, here's too much. All you need are the basics to be a great drummer." They also say crap like, "Those with big sets normaly don't take the time to perfect the smaller, more important part of the kit." This is true for SLAYER style players. But the more sounds you add, the more unique you and your sound becomes. Secondly, within the big set IS the small set, so don't try to pull that crap on me.

It's funny, I'm not even famous and I'm talking like it. But I WILL make Modern Drummer! Hehe, even though a lot of horrible drummers are listed in there.

Veda Leben

+Donny 01-03-2002 03:21 PM

i like the smaller set, well MY set, because im used to it, if I got on Veda's set, i wouldn't know what to do, im sure if I gradually add on, i could use it effectively, but i dont have the $$ or the interest, i am fine with my 2-3 crash, 2 ride, 1 splash set(soon a double bass pedal and possibly a china)

Veda Leben 01-03-2002 04:34 PM

Hehe, it comes in time Don, don't worry. You're style may not require all the bells and whistles. But then again, who's to stop you from adding something new to your style? And yeah, money is a pain in the butt. I'm at a stand still right now.

When I started playing I had one crash and one hi-hat. When I added a second crash, I said to myself, "Whoa! When do I hit this one? How could I incorporate it?"

That's the problem, developing through the eveolution of your kit size. But it's for the better. People like a unique, new style. My opinion anyway. That, and I wanna be great in every aspect of the instrument. Specially with the band I'm in. We play Egypitian style (forgot to add to my list, I have Wind Chimes as well), African every once in a while, and even though my band won't play the latin style, I'd add the percussion part in anyway...Basically Prog, which is many different moods. And I can explore all the moods on my set. Thus, alowing more freedom. Once again, that's my aproach to drumming. Anyone else?

Veda Leben

+Donny 01-03-2002 08:52 PM


That's the problem, developing through the eveolution of your kit size.


i hate that word

and i dont NEED much else for the style my band is.

I like funk the best for just jammin on my own though

Veda Leben 01-03-2002 09:04 PM

Well that's what i'm saying. You can still play your style, but also incorporate new sounds as well...Evolution!

Drumin4thecross 01-03-2002 10:15 PM

The only really bad thing about a huge kit is that if you want to take the whole thing with you, it's a pain to haul. There's something to be said for a four-piece kit and a double bass pedal!

Anyhoo, sounds like a cool set. I plan on having Starclassics myself. I love TAMA!

+Donny 01-03-2002 10:57 PM


he said it again

Veda Leben 01-04-2002 01:14 AM

Yeah, I've had a history totin' my kit around. And it is a pain in the butt, however, my friends act as helpers. They help build and help take down my set. So what takes 2 hours as one person, is 15 minutes with 3. Plus, it's all worth it in the end. And yes, there is something to be said for that. I hapen to be playing on a small electric set for the time being, 2 toms, a ride, crash, mini-china, snare, hi-hat, double pedal, what have you, and you can do a lot with it. But I feel enormous amounts of limitations on me, makes me mad to but it gently. But, it's all in the evolution of your style ;)

Oh, and yes. Starclassic is quite the very cool set. And might I suggest, if you like pricey with quality, the Starclassic Maple. The Preformer is cool, but it's Birch. yuck. You should either get the SC Maple, or the Artstar Custom. Two quality sets. Yes TAMA RULES. Second best, in my book, is Mapex. Then Ludwig and blah blah blah.

Veda Leben

+Donny 01-04-2002 11:05 AM

well, I know my shells are pretty much average on toms and bass, pearl export, but the heads on all but the bass are remo pinstripe, and I have heard they are some of the best heads, plus I got some zildjian platinum cymbals which sell for a lot to people who want a whole set of platinums since they dont make them anymore

Drumin4thecross 01-04-2002 12:26 PM


I like the Performers. They got a really good review in MD. I like that Tama made higher quality drums in a wrapped finish (the EFX series) which will be very durable for gigging. And as for birch.. some people prefer birch to maple.. it's all about preference and developing your style. ;)

Veda Leben 01-04-2002 06:04 PM

It's also sound. Birch doesn't have that warm, strong sound as Maple. Maple is for the more professional sounding drummer. Also, in regards to Modern Drummer, don't take their advice. Your ears are the best critic.

Veda Leben

+Donny 01-04-2002 08:29 PM

yes, but for many drummers(like me) who haven't heard most of the different types of cymbals/toms/shells, etc., we need advice from people who have

Drumin4thecross 01-05-2002 03:47 PM

Maple does have a "professional" sound (I'm using maple drums now), but there are many professional drummers using birch drums.. off the top of my head- Morgan Rose of Sevendust uses birch starclassics (and he preferred birch to maple). Birch has better projection and a deeper sound than maple.

I'm not saying birch drums are better than maple or vica versa (because I do like maple drums) I'm just saying it's a different sound. Besides, if you were at a concert, how many people in the audience would be able to tell the difference?

As for trying drums out and what not,

When was the last time you walked into a music store and got to try out acoustic drums? I know I haven't.. EVER! Music stores don't want the heads played on.. at least at all the stores I've ever been to.

Jammin' for the Lamb

Veda Leben 01-05-2002 04:24 PM

You're going to bad places. Unless you're places are lame like that.

I always go to Guitar Center, they allow you to beat the crap out of their drums. One time, 3 high-profile ammateur drummers were there at the same time. I happened to walk in, me being the 4th, and we all sat at different drumsets. I got the DW one. LAME! But it was cool nonetheless. We all developed a simple groove style, jammed together, and alternated the solos amongst eachother. If for no other reason, that is the greatest to become a drummer. It's such an awesome feeling. Specially when you're better than them :D

And yeah, it's a matter of opinion. I see myself as a professional style drummer, so, I prefer the maple. Also, I like their paint-on designs more. Course, wouldn't matter if I had the money to design my own.

Veda Leben

Squeak286 01-05-2002 04:51 PM

actually (from what I've read, though not from MD, Yamaha I think) the difference between birch and maple is that birch is more for the softer styles and maple the harder. not sure as I haven't heard them myself. and beech is supposed to be the inbetween.

Veda Leben 01-05-2002 05:53 PM

Birch offers a darker, and greater sound projection.
Maple is known for a warm and clear sound.

However. Some Starclassic 100% birch kits even rival the best maple kits in resonance and clarity.

Maple is also known as the strongest material above birch, mahogany, oak and whatnot.

It all comes down to style of music, and matter of opinion.

By the way, I don't get my information from MD. I feel it's horrible. Instead, i get my info from manufacturer catalogs and drum shop employees. I suggest picking up a Tama 2001 catalog.

Veda Leben

Drumin4thecross 01-05-2002 07:06 PM

The nearest Guitar center is... almost 2 hours away. The "local" shop is mostley geared toward guitaists. They let you try out the cymbals and electronic kits, but not they acoustic ones. So, yeah, they are kinda lame like that. I do plan on going to GC asap though. And I do have the Tama catalogs. :)

On a side note- how many gigs do you play a month Veda?

Veda Leben 01-05-2002 08:20 PM

I've gigged only 3 times in my drumming career. But that's about to change in the next several months. My new band is hitting off quite incredibly. We just finished our first song than the guitarist and I wrote in 20 minutes. We all live all over California, so we record via Cakewalk. We send eachother ideas, we record over them, you know the drill.

But yeah. 3 times in 2 years :D. Not many people know I can play. So I don't get much recognition at my school. Or anywhere else for that matter.

Veda Leben

+Donny 01-06-2002 03:00 PM

i was in a gig once:-D

nopt counting playing at our church, :D

ristmo2001 01-10-2002 09:31 PM

Tama Superstar.
5 peice. Black
Sabian AAX 14" hihat
Sabian 16" thin crash
Zildian bottom hihat--used as ride cymbal
Gibralter double bass

Dr. Z. 01-19-2002 05:19 PM

My Church Set;

20x14 Bass
12x8 Rack Tom
14x14 Floor Tom

These are various brands (Ludwig/Slingerland),all '60's era, that I got on ebay, striped them down, repainted green, heads are Remo Fiberskyns. Snare is '70's Ludwig Acrolite (aluminum)

Layout is standard jazz
20" Ride (low on right side)
14" Hats
Boom for bell tree or spalsh cymbal

Unregistered 01-20-2002 12:36 PM

My drumset:

PREMiER cabria kit
5 Piece,
10 inch tom-tom
12 inch 2nd tom
14 inch floor tom
22 inch bass drum
14 inch snare drum

Sabian b8
14 inch hi-hat
14 inch crash
16 inch crash
20 inch ride

plus:remo rings

kreg 02-19-2002 08:41 PM

I'm first and foremost a guitarist, but I love to wail on the drums from time to time.
My kit:

Yamaha Stage Custom (new style w/YESS mounts) in natural finish
Sabian B8 Pro Hi-Hats
Sabian B8 Pro 16" medium crash
Sabian B8 Pro 20" ride
Sabian AAX 10" splash

Assorted Yamaha, Pearl, and Tama hardware

acura8591 02-19-2002 09:08 PM

okay, i'm playing on a different set now so hera goes:

From l to r:

Generic Hi Hat
Yamahah Snare
Hi Pitched Yamaha Tom
Mid Pitched Yamaha Tom
Yamaha Floor Tom
Yamaha Bass Drum
Generic Crash/Ride

jammin'4him 02-22-2002 01:26 PM

snare, with intercom and a stack of papers on top, sitting in garage next to gigantic tye-dye lamp, covered in dust, waiting to be put on e-bay:ksmile:

Insane Drummer 03-09-2002 11:51 AM

what kinda snare... brand?? seris?? wood?? brass?? steal??

DragonflyDrumme 04-04-2002 09:31 PM


7 piece Pearl - MAPLE SHELL (Mid 80's kit)
In a Wine Red wrap

Rack Toms:
10", 12", 13", 14"

Floor Tom:

Bass Drum:
22" x 16"

6.0" Steel Shell

Cymbals: Zildjian A series (is there anything better) :D
14" Quick Beats

Two 16" Thin Crashes,

16" China Boy High

18" Medium Thin Crash (my baby) which, by the way, is signed by Lori Peters who is the drummer for SKILLET)

19" Medium Crash


10" Splash

22" Old Zildjian ride with a wicked sounding bell

All my drums are mounted on a Gibralter/Dixon Rack which surrounds my drumkit. No stands, no hassle!!

Everything else is PEARL hardware. THE BEST!!:klol:
I love double kick.... You know.. the sound of a helicopter..... :lol:

I have EVANS drumheads on all my drums. Church players... if you don't have these, you need to get 'em. Trust me, not only will you like 'em but your sound men will love them as well.

Insane Drummer 04-05-2002 11:16 AM

sounds like a awesome kit... and yes there is something better then zildjain A..its called sabian HHX :lol:

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