Hi I'm Bill from Brighton, England
My regular set up is a 80s chrome smokey grey colour wrap Pearl export, with Paiste 14' hi hats (101 range I think). cheap, but nice and dry yet thrashy too. I like Zyn cymbals too! As well as Sabian crashes and Rides. I'm sure I'm not the only guy to have lost some Paiste and Zildjian cymbals that are real beauties; over the past 17 years or so.....I favour a Ludwig Supraphonic metal snare and a Premier kick pedal or DW pedal is great too.
My headline gig drum set is a monster....Its an RCI Starlite USA amber acrylic Zeppelin sized kit....This beast is hard to tune, and is really loud! Also with a Ludwig snare or a Tempus black acrylic snare for a true honkin' trebly snare voice!!! The seamless shells don't forgive sloppy tuning or playing...I have black dot heads currently, but I think some fake calf fybreskin heads may have to be bought sometime soon. My current Rides and crashes probably should be replaced by the 2002 Paiste range to give the kit a true quality and all round professional sound...
I am a semi-pro, with little paid work and I teach teenagers drum grooves and rock and roll concepts.. My favourite drummers and most influential are as follows in order of influence/ JOHN BONHAM, MITCH MITCHELL, GINGER BAKER, IAN PAICE, KEITH MOON, STEWART COPELAND, STEVE GADD, MATT HELDERS (ARCTIC MONKEYS) JAKI LIBEITZ, RINGO STARR. I compose with guitar and bass and drums and record onto an old 4 track and Pro Tools 7.2 with a MAC. I use mid priced microphones and still know how to get a good drum sound......
Any advanced tips fror tuning acrylic drums out there????