Let’s talk drums!!!  I endorse and use   Soultone Cymbals and  Evans Drum heads exclusively. You can find them here:



“That Great Gretsch Sound”
As far as the drums themselves,  I have been blessed to have had the experience to be endorsed in the past by both Sonor and Slingerland Drum Co.’s. At the end of the day,  it comes down to this,  I simply love the way a Gretsch drum sounds. They have a “character” to them and although many drums sound good,  to my ear many of them just sound like any other drum.  Gretsch drums have a distinctive sound…   The company calls it,  “That Great Gretsch Sound”.

Drummers like Vinnie Colaiuta, Charlie Watts and one of my favorite hard rock drummers,  Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters all agree. (Me too!!!)

Here are the kits that I currently use  (and love)…

Kit 1)    1961 USA Gretsch Round Badge   Jasper shells   Champagne Sparkle

22″ kick, 13″ Rack Tom,  14″ and 16″ Floor Toms


Kit 2)   1983 USA Gretsch Stop Sign/Drop G Badge mix   Jasper shells   Rosewood Finish

22″ Kick, 12″, 13″, 14″ Rack Toms, 15″ and 16″ Floor Toms


Kit 3)    1990 USA Gretsch Stop Sign Badge   American Maple   Custom Charcoal Finish

24″ kick, 14″ Rack Tom, 16″ and 18 ” Floor Toms



Kit 4)     1966 Ludwig Keystone Badge   American Maple Gold Sparkle Finish

22″ Kick,   13″ Rack Tom,  14″ and  16″ Floor Tom   (the 12″ Rack is part of the kit but but not normally used)


Kit 5)     1970 Ludwig Vista-lite  Smoke Finish

24″ Kick,  14″ Rack Tom, 16″ and 18″ Floor Toms


Kit 6)    1971 Rogers Fullerton Era   Koa Finish

22″ Kick, 13″ and 14″ Rack Toms, 16″ Floor Tom


Kit 7)  2006 Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Raven Black

22″ Kick,   10″ and 12″ Rack Toms,  16″ Floor Tom

I mentioned I use Soultone exclusively. If you are playing rock, you have to spend some time with the “Extreme” Series.  Simply awesome!    The “FXO” is a great cymbal line to add to your traditional set-up if you are looking to add some interesting sounds and if you are interested in a darker sound  (like me)   then the “Vintage” Series may be for you!. I’ve been with Soultone for many years.  It’s a cool company and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Snare Drums

I use a variety of snare drums.  I have wood, copper, steel and brass and each one has it’s own “flava”.  🙂

They come from a variety of era’s and a variety of manufacturers, including some rare and custom made ones.

I bring 3 or 4 to each session and I’m sure we can find one that works for any situation.