ZILDJIAN CYMBALS: I play and endorse Zildjian Cymbals exclusively (I'm proud to say that I've been an endorser for 20+ years of the best cymbals ever made...period).
My current set up for cymbals changes upon my own needs and wants as well as the wants and needs of those hiring me for their performance/session. All listed below are mixed and matched as needed.
-Rides: 21" K Custom Hybrid, 20"K Custom or 22"A Custom
-HiHats: 13" K top/13" Z bottom, 13" K
-Crashes: 14", 15", 16", 17", 18" A Custom (or) 15",17" K Dark Crash Brilliant
-Splashes: 6", 8", 10" 12" A Custom
-Effect cymbals: 12" SR high hats. various china type cymbals
ZILDJIAN DRUMSTICKS: I have been playing and endorsing Zildjian Drumsticks since they first came on the market (around 20 years ago). I currently use their 6A Woodtip model. They're simply the best quality you could play on the market and have ALWAYS been consistant!
CUSTOM DRUM WORKS: I currently endorse Custom Drum Works snares and drums out of Calabasas, CA. Like the name says, these drums are all handmade and truly "custom" drums. Like works of art, each is unique and taylored to capture everything you do at the best of your abiltiy.
My Custom Drum Works snare. Made exclusively for me by Paul Brantley in Calabasas, CA.
I currently own several Yamaha kits: Birch Absolute Custom, Maple Absolute Custom, Recording Customs. I also have several snares, a Tama piccolo, as well as a Ludwig Super Sensitive(vintage) and Slingerland Radio King (vintage).
ddrum electronics: After being their head clinician for many years I still have and use the following ddrum sets: Ddrum3, ddrum4, various ddrum pads, and triggers. Still to this day I have found nothing that tracks and responds as well as ddrums even when triggering.
Mics: Shure SM 57's all around. Tried and true (so why mess with it?)!