I began playing a four piece Ludwig Silver Sparkle kit in high school stage band. My own first kit was a Ludwig five piece Maple “Big Beat.” I’ve played multiple Vistalite kits though the 80’s and 90’s, and now play a Ludwig American 70s Maple kit. I’ve now been playing (and promoting) Ludwig drums for over 40 years.
Current Kit (All Ludwig, natural maple unless noted):
American Classic Maple 14×24 Bass Drum
American Classic Maple 8×10 Tom, 8×13 Tom, 10×14 Tom, 16×16 Floor Tom, 16×18 Floor Tom/Bass Drum
Supraphonic Chrome over Brass 5×14 Snare Drum
Super Sensitive (60’s) 5×14 Snare
Supraphonic Hammered Bronze 6.5×14 Snare Drum
Ludalloy converted marching snare (10×14)
Maple 3×13 Piccolo Snare Drum
Sabian cymbals: 21″ AAX Stage Ride; 20″ HH Natural Raw Ride; 19″ AAX Studio Crash; 19″ Paragon China; 18″ AAX Xplosion Crash; 18″ Aero Crash; 18″ Paragon Crash; 17″ Vault Fast Crash, 16″ Paragon Brilliant Crash; 16″ AAX Xplosion Crash; 15″ HH Xplosion Crash; 14″ HHX Evolution Crash; 11″ AAX Xplosion Splash; 11″ Mike Portnoy Splash; 8″ AAXplosion Splash; 15″ AAX/HHX Hi Hats; 14″ HHX Evolution Hi Hats,13″ Stage AAX Hi Hats; 10″ Chopper.
This kit has been assembled and designed to play out as anything from Classic Zeppelin to Club 4 piece to full 7 piece.
I play Remo heads exclusively, except for Evan Emad bass drum batters. I use Equation Audio microphones and headphones, as well as BeyerDynamic Headphones.