What Kit Do You Use?


Platinum Member
Two kits:

Gretsch Renown. Came with 8, 10, 12, & 14" toms. I mostly use the 10 and 14 as a 4 piece. 22x18 kick with Aquarian SKII (didn't like the EMAD that came on it) and a coated white EQ3 reso. Heads are coated G2s over coated G1s. Tried some Aquarian Studio X I had from before and took them right back off after one gig.

Sonor Safari. Had coated G2s over clear G1s but recently put some Fiberskyns on to make it more of a traditional bop kit.


14x5 Gretsch Fullrange maple
14x5 '70s Ludwig Acrolite
14x5 Sonor Force 5000 (I think this is birch but it sounds way better than a cheap snare has a right to)
14x5 PDP hammered brass
14x6 1/2 Pork Pie BOB (black nickle over brass seamed Black Beauty copy) which I want to sell since I don't use it.
14x5 '80s Ludwig maple (don't know the model, low end with thin hoops, this has an old Remo Legacy head on it for old wet trad sounds)
12x5 1/2 DW Workshop maple
And the useless thing that came with the Safari kit.

All have single ply coated normal heads, Remo Ambassador or Evans G1, except the Legacy thing. I have various dot and ring snare heads in the garage that I try from time to time and always go back to straight single ply.

Primary Cymbals:
20" K Custom medium ride
18" K Dark crash
15" K Custom Dark crash
10" Stagg splash
14" K Custom Dark hats

20" Dream Bliss ride
16" K Dark crash
16" '70s Avedis crash
14" Hybrid New Beat hats with a '60s small stamp top and a '70s heavy bottom
14" Dream Bliss hats
And a cheap 10" no name thing that I set on the snare for hip-hop beats.


Platinum Member
I mostly play this early 90's Keller-shell Slingerland set @ 10/12/14/18, though I never use the 10. The old guy who owned it before me put a white marine pearl wrap on it, which I need to do something about. One of these days. For a snare I use either a 13" Pearl Omar Hakim drum, or a ~5 1/2x14 Solid (early Craviotto company) no-ply maple drum. The cymbals I used the most right now are a 1975 22" Paiste 602 dark ride, with rivets, early 70's 14" A. Zildjian New Beat hihats, and a 20" Paiste 602 light orchestral cymbal or a 20" Sabian early Jack Dejohnette model ride.

I also have a late 80's ebony stain Gretsch (12/14/20) I keep at a saxophonist's, house along with a 6 1/2x14 Ludwig hammered bronze snare.


Junior Member
DW collectors

Ludwig Black beauty 6.5x14

Istanbul Agop 22" traditional dark crash
Istanbul Agop 23" Matt Chamberlain Signature Ride
Heartbeat Classic 16" light Hi-hats

DW 9000 cymbal stands
5000 Hi-hat stand
8000 kick drum pedal


Gold Member
Current set up is ...
Pork Pie Drums
14x 6.5 Pork Pie Aluminum snare
DW 5000 for the feets
Paiste 2002...22 ride, 8 splash, 14,16 17 18 20 crash

I have 11 kits. This is what I am using right now.


Senior Member
Just Starting out so 1 1/2 years ago bought

Yamaha Gigmaker 22 kick 14 snare 12/13/16 toms

Yamaha hi hat / ride stand plus cheapy crash stand

Came with Paiste PST3 hats / 16 crash/ 20 ride / 10 splash

Upgraded bit by bit..... some good some err oh well...

First All toms Evans g2 batters

Tama Makple Artwood Snare 14 / 6.5 Remo Reverse Dot batter Evans hazy 300 reso

Then bought fusion Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage ( Birch Mahogony Falkata)

8 / 10 13 toms 20 / 17 kick

Basically mix and match the 2 kits.


Paiste PST3s as mentioned plus Alpha ride

Zildjian A reso 15 (yes 15) hats 18 crash K dark 18 crash oh and sadly suckered into set of ZBTs ( 14 hats 16 crash 20 ride)

Sabian XS 20 ride

Bosphorus 14 turk (ferit) unlathed hats, 16 antique crash 20 Gold Ride

Istanbul Alchemy 13 sweet "professional" hats



Silver Member
My collection to date:

Mystery-brand cowbell (legendary)

Mapex Saturn Transparent Cherry Burst
22x18, 10x8, 12x9, 14x14, 16x16

Gretsch CCJ Copper Sparkle

1960's Ludwig Super Classic Silver Sparkle
22x14, 13x9, 16x16

ddrum Dominion Maple 13x7
Mapex Saturn 14 x 5.5
DMR "custom" (local, keller maple) 14 x 5.5
Ludwig LM305 (bronze Rocker) 14 x 6
Tama Starphonic Ltd. Ed. Black Steel 14x6
Pearl Masters MCX 14x6.5

14" Zil. K hats (2 pairs)
11" Zil. Oriental Trash Splash
19" Zil. K Custom Hybrid China
20" Zil. K Custom Dark Ride
20" Zil. K Custom Dry Light Ride

18" Paiste Signature Fast Crash

19" AAX-Plosion Fast Crash

20" Bosphorus Master Vintage (1716 grams)

24" Ibrahim Diril Traditional (2910 grams)
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Platinum Member
....70's Ludwig 3ply 13,16,20
Silver sparkle rack tom and bass drum
and red pearl bass drum hoops and floor tom. Needs bottom hoops and reso heads and there are a fair number of non original lugs on the bass drum that were affixed with what looks like one screw and duct tape. I found it like that on the street. Free drums. Sounds amazing even without the resos....

Sounds like those would be worth fixing up. Even if you've got to sink a little time and money into them.

I use mostly variations of Yamaha Stage Customs.


Platinum Member
Always set up at Home:
Gretsch USA Customs
5.5" x 14" Snare
14" x 18" Bass Drum
8" x 12" Tom
14" x 14" Floor Tom

Travel / Gigs
Gretsch New Classic / USA Custom Vinnie Colauita Snare
5" x 14" Snare
14" x 18" Bass Drum
8" x 12" Tom
14" x 14" Floor Tom

Cymbals: Some combination from a selection of Bosphorus, Istanbul Agops and Zildjian

Hardware: A mix of 600 & 700 series Yamaha Hardware (other than Gretsch /Gibraltar tom arm) and Yamaha Belt Drive drive pedal with a back up DW 5000 strap just in case.

Heads Some combination of Evans or Aquarian.

Seat: Roc & Soc Nitro with backrest


Gold Member
Studio Kit
Sonor SQ2 Maple 7pc w/UFIP Class pies

Touring Kit
Sonor Ascent Birch 7 pc w/Paiste Signature or 2002 pies.



Silver Member
Ludwig start up kit (.. this will be the end up Kit as well)
good drums, but super Klanky Cymbals, they are not even cymbals, some kind of metal round plates!! ...all good for a basement drummer


Silver Member
Currently i have 2 kits.
For home:
70's Ludwig 3ply 13,16,20
Silver sparkle rack tom and bass drum
and red pearl bass drum hoops and floor tom. Needs bottom hoops and reso heads and there are a fair number of non original lugs on the bass drum that were affixed with what looks like one screw and duct tape. I found it like that on the street. Free drums. Sounds amazing even without the resos. Cymbals: Zildjian 1st generation ZXT 14 medium hi hats 18 crash ride(which they dont make anymore) and 20 medium ride.
For not at home:
Groove percussion 4-piece 12,14,20
Black. I'm probably going to get it rewrapped in WMP eventually but it sounds great with the right heads and is the perfect size for transport.
Cymbals: 70's Zildjian medium ride, Wuhan NT 18 in crash ride, wuhan NT 14 in Hi hats or 80's Sabian B8 hihats.
Tama Swingstar steel snare 14 in


Pioneer Member
I'll play too....

Yamaha Maple custom Absolute / Black Sparkle finish
- 8"
- 10"
- 12"
rack toms
- 14"
- 16"
- 18"
Floor toms
- 24 "
- 20 "
bass drums

10 snares ( depending on style of music ) ranging from maple , birch , steel , and brass
in various sizes.
Cymbals ...too many ....lol
but usually I use as of late, A and A custom ....except Ride which is Sabian leopard
Los Cabos 5a sticks ( endorser )
Remo coated ambassador heads on all batters
clear on bottoms
clear ambassadors on bass drums
Pearl/Yamaha/ Gibraltar hardware
pearl eliminator pedals


Silver Member
Tama Starclassic Performer birch.
20x18 kick
10x8 tom
14x11 tom

13x6.5 Artwood maple snare.

13" Zildjian A Custom Mastersound hats or 14" Sabian XS20 medium hats
16" Sabian AA medium thin crash
18" Sabian XS20 medium thin crash
20 Sabian AA rock ride
18" Sabian AAX china
10" Sabian B8Pro china splash
6" Zildjian Zil Bel
9.5" Zildjian Zil Bel

Tama Iron Cobra double pedal. Iron Cobra HH905 Hi Hat stand. All Tama hardware. Roc N Soc Nitro throne.


Xero Talent

Silver Member
Drums: Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage in Cranberry Red Stain
8" x 14" Gretsch Hammered Brass Snare
8" x 10" tom
9" x 12" tom
10" x 13" tom
14" x 16" floor tom
18" x 24" bass drum

Auxiliary Snares:
14" x 6.5" Pearl Limited Edition Walnut Snare Drum
14" x 5.5" Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Snare (not shown)

Cymbals: Paiste (except where noted)
14" Paiste Giant Beat Hi Hats
12" Paiste 2002 Splash
16" Paiste 2002 Crash
18" Paiste 2002 Crash
15" Paiste 2002 Wild China
16" Sabian B8 Thin Crash
22" Paiste Reflector "PowerSlave" Bell Ride

Heads: Remo Pinstripe on toms, Coated Emperors on snares, Powerstroke 3 on bass drum batter.

Sticks: ProMark 5A Nylon Tip

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Tama Artstar II (all maple shells)

22"x16" bass drum
10"x10" rack tom
12"x11" rack tom
14"x14" floor tom
14"x4" snare drum

Cymbals by Zildjian

13' K/Z hi-hat
16" A thin crash
20" K custom ride
14" A thin crash
14" Quick beat hi-hat (remote)
18" A swish (china, no rivets)

Hardware by Tama
Heads by Remo
Sticks by Vic Firth
Mapex Falcon single bass drum pedal

john gerrard

Senior Member
I just bought a Cat Jazz kit and got to do my first gig with it Sat. It was a large outdoor festival and although I have been impressed with the drums I wasn't sure how they would work in a large outdoor setting. I must say that I was more than impressed with the little kit. The band I filled in with did mostly older rock and the little CCJ kit more than kept up with everything. I must say that the sound crew were professional and had the know how and the equipment for the job. But I have the feeling that smaller gigs and smaller p.a. equipment will still have great results. I feel that for me this will be my main gigging kit. It sure sounds good and is small and easy to transport.

My other kits are a Gretsch Renown Rock 24x16, 13x9, 16x16 and a Tama Superstar 22x18, 12x8,14x14,16x14 and for right now my main snare is a Ludwig Supra 14x5

Good luck and best wishes. John


Senior Member
Ludwig classic maple:

18x24 bass
8x14 snare
11x13 rack
16x16 floor
16x18 floor
6.5x14 black beauty

An assortment of zildjian A and A custom cymbals.