Originally Posted by MikeM
He has an army of crew to lug all his stuff around so you'd think it wouldn't be a big deal to bring some extra sticks, heads, and cymbals along. He probably has a kit in storage over in Europe and when he tours Asia, it wouldn't be hard to rent whatever he needed. I mean, he does play the most common kit configuration on the planet, it couldn't be that hard to have something to play on every night, right?
But when you play with guys like Sting, you're bound to do a lot of one-off shows, and jumping around in ways where carrying your own kit with out isn't always practical. Top guys generally like having an company handle that all for them.
But given the big name brands often go through cartage companies to supply endorsers with kits for special event, and Vinny already uses the same cartage companies for his session work, it's probably not much sweat off his back at this point. And as you said, his set up is pretty common.