I am a Proud Owner/Endorser of the Following

Ludwig Drums

This is my Legacy Maple “Rock/Big Band” Drumset which have a¬†combination of Maple and Poplar woods with round, “baseball bat” edges. The finish is Natural Maple with a High Gloss Lacquer. The sizes are as follow: 9 X 13″ Tom Tom, 16 X 16″ Floor Tom, 16 X 18″ Floor Tom and a 14 X 24″ Bass Drum. The heads are Remo Coated Ambassador X heads for the top and bottom of the Toms. I use Moon Gel Damper Pads for muffling the Tom and Floor Toms. The Bass Drum uses a Remo Coated Emperor for the batter head and a smooth white Emperor for the front/resonant head. Muffling is done with two felt strips, one on each head.

For the Toms and Bass Drum tuning, the bottom heads are all tuned a minor 3rd above the top head. This achieves a resonant, round and punchy sound. The Tom Tom and Floor Tom tuning intervals are primarily in Perfect 4ths.

The Snare Drum is the classic Ludwig 402 with a 6.5 X 14″ Aluminum Shell with a Remo Coated Ambassador under dot batter head on top and an Ambassador Snare Side head on the bottom.

Thank you to Ben Goldberg and Uli Salazar at Ludwig and Michael Cotta at American Music for your excellent help with my new Ludwig Drumsets

Ludwig Drums

This is my Ludwig Classic Maple series “Studio” kit with a Black Galaxy finish.. The sizes are: 7.5 X 10″ Tom, 9 X 12″ Tom, 14 X 16″ Floor Tom, 6.5 X 14″ Black Beauty Snare Drum and a 6 X 12′” Classic Maple Snare Drum.

This Drumset features: Remo Clear Ambassador drumheads on the top and bottom of each Tom, Coated Emperor head on the the batter side of bass drum, a ported Ludwig head on the front with Remo Adjustable Muffle strips. The snare drums feature Remo Coated Ambassador and Controlled sound Coated Ambassador heads on top and Clear Ambassador heads on the bottoms. I use Ludwig Atlas Pro, Standard and Classic Series hardware.
I selected heads and tuned and created a sound ideal for Funk, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin, Fusion, Studio work and more.

Thanks to Ben Goldberg and Uli Salazar at Ludwig and Michael Cotta at American Music for helping me with all my particulars.

Ludwig Drums

This is my Ludwig Classic Maple “Jazz” kit which have a 7 Ply all Maple shells with 45 degree bearing edges. The finish is Satin Natural Maple Oil. The sizes are as follow: 8 X 12″ Tom Tom, 14 X 14″ Floor Tom and a 14 X 18″ Bass Drum. The heads are Remo Diplomat FiberSkyn 3 heads for the top and bottom of the Toms. The Bass Drum uses a Remo Diplomat FiberSkyn 3 for the batter head and a smooth white white Medium Heavy Ludwig Logo head for the front/resonant head. Muffling is done with one felt strips on the batter head only.

For the Toms and Bass Drum tuning, the top and bottom heads are tuned to the same pitch. This achieves a clear pitch with a crisp, yet resonant and round sound. Very musical sounding ūüôā

The Snare Drum is a Ludwig 402 with a 6.5 X 14″ Hammered Brass Shell with a Remo Diplomat FiberSkyn 3 batter head on top and a Diplomat Snare Side head on the bottom.

I am using Ludwig Classic Hardware, Sabian Artisan and Crescent Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Legacy Maple 7A drumsticks, WBR-2 Brushes and Ahead Cases to safely transport everything. I also transport my drums on a Groove Gear Hand Truck.

Thank you to Ben Goldberg and Uli Salazar at Ludwig and Michael Cotta at American Music for your excellent help with my new Ludwig Drumsets

Paiste Cymbals

I play a combination of Paiste Cymbals.

Formula 602 Classic Sounds cymbals:

14″ Medium Hi Hat cymbals

16″, 18″, 20″ Thin Crash cymbals

16″, 18″ Paperthin Crash cymbals

20″, 22″ Medium Ride cymbals

Formula 602 Modern Essentials cymbal:

22″ Modern Essentials China

Signature Traditional cymbals:

14″ Signature Traditional Medium Light Hi Hats cymbals

20″, 22″ Signature Traditional Light Ride cymbals

16″, 18″ Signature Traditional Thin Crash cymbals¬†

Signature Precision cymbals:

18″ Signature Precision China¬†

10″ Signature Precision Splash

Signature Dark Energy cymbals: 

20″ Dark Energy Ride Mark 1

14″ Dark Energy Hats Mark 1

10″ Dark Energy Splash Mark 1¬†

Masters Series:

20″ Masters Mellow Ride¬†

Remo Drum Heads

For my “Studio” kit, I use Remo Clear Ambassador drumheads on the top and bottom of each Tom, Coated Emperor head on the the batter side of bass drum, a ported Ludwig head on the front with the Remo Adjustable Muffle System on each head. The snare drums feature Remo Coated Ambassador and Controlled sound Coated Ambassador heads on top and Clear Ambassador heads on the bottoms.

 

For my “Jazz” Kit, I use Remo FiberSkyn 3 Diplomat heads for on the top and bottom of each Tom and on the the batter side of bass drum, a Ludwig head on the front with Gibraltar Muffle strips on each head. The snare drum features a Remo FIberSkyn 3 Diplomat head on top and a Clear Diplomat Snare head on the bottom.

For my “Rock” Kit, I use Remo Coated Ambassador X heads for the top and bottom of each Tom, Coated Emperor head for the batter side of the Bass Drum, a Ludwig head on the front with Gibraltar Muffle strips on each head. The Snare drum uses a Remo Controlled Sound Coated Ambassador head on top and a Clear Ambassador head on the bottom.

Thank you Bruce Jacoby for all your assistance with my drumheads!

LP Percussion

I use the following LP Cowbells: Mambo, Salsa, Bongo mounted on the bass drum or the Black Beauty cowbell mounted to a bass drum pedal to the left of my hi-h for left foot Clave. I also use an, LP Hand Hammered, Brass Jingles Tambourine.

Thanks to Memo Acevedo for his assistance with my LP Cowbells and Tambourine!

Innovative Percussion Sticks and More

I use the 7A Maple Wood Legacy Series Wood Tip model Drumstick for: combo Jazz, Big Band Jazz and some Latin Jazz music.

I use the 5A Maple Wood Legacy Series Wood Tip model Drumstick for: Rock, Funk, R&B, Hi-Hop, Fusion and some World Beat styles.

I also use the Wood Handle Synthetic Bundle Rods BR-5W, Slim Boom Bundle Rods BMZ-1 and the Bundle Light Bamboo Rods BZW-1.

Thanks to Erik Johnson and Rich Mangicaro at Innovative Percussion for handling my particulars with sticks and more! 

Ahead Armor Bags

I use Ahead Armor Drum Bags, Ahead Armor Deluxe Cymbal Bags, Ahead Armor Ogio Hardware Sled and Ahead Practice Pads and Stands.

Thank you to Ben Goldberg for handling my drum case needs!