The only new things I have purchased in the last few months have been a Gibraltar Softy Throne 9608, it's nice but not as comfortable as my Ahead Saddle Seat throne. I use the Gibro seat at my practice pad stand. That stand has various pads I use, OffWorld, Capella Blue Hex and a Pro Logix, depending on the feel I am working on. I also have been trying out various Meinl Drum Sticks. They are really well balanced in my hands and I go for the 16 1/2 length. Though I switch off between 5B and 2B many times, lately I am playing the Meinl 5B Long. I dig those sticks.