Joe’s Gear

Joe's Live Kit

Joe’s Live Kit, March 2019

Full Kit

This is a diagram of my “prog” performance kit. I use Tama drums, Sabian Cymbals Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth sticks and LP Percussion, exclusively. Thanks to these companies for your many years of support, and for the great gear! (I use smaller setups for other artists, depending on the music.)

Joe's Kit 2017

  • DRUMS: TAMA Starclassic Maple in Flat Burgundy Metallic finish: (a) 8″ Timp-Tom, (b) 5×10″ Artwood Maple snare drum, (c) 5×14″ snare (or one of various SLP models) (d) 6×8″, (e) 7×10″, and (f) 8×12″ toms, (g) 14×14″ and (h) 16×16″ floor toms, (i) 18×22″ bass drum
  • CYMBALS: SABIAN: (1) 20″ HH Dark Chinese, (2) 10″ Max Stax (3) 14″ Artisan Hats, (4) 9″ HHX Evolution Splash (5) 7″ HHX Evolution Splash, (6) 17″ HHX Evolution Crash, (7) 18″ HHX Evolution Crash, (8) 21″ HH Raw Bell Dry Ride, (9) 18″ HH Thin Chinese, (10) 12″ AA Mini Hats or 16″ Sizzler Stax (16″ AA Sick Hat over 16″ XSR Chinese) (11) 19″ HHX Evolution Crash
  • HEADS: EVANS: Power Center Reverse Dots on snare drums, Clear EC2 on tops of all toms, Clear G1 on bottoms of all toms and top of Timp-Tom, Hazy 300 on bottoms of snare drums, Clear EMAD2 on batter side of bass drum, white EQ3 on front of bass drum
  • STICKS: VIC FIRTH Dave Weckl Evolution, Heritage brushes, various mallets, Rutes and Tala Wands. 55A for heavier playing.
  • PERCUSSSION: LP: Various setups used, including  LP Mambo cowbell, LP Everything Rack with Jam Block High, LP Tapon cowbell, LP Cha-Cha cowbell, LP Ridge Rider Rock cowbell, and LP Cyclops tambourine, and Gajate Bracket with Low Jam Block or cowbell.
  • HARDWARE: TAMA including Iron Cobra Rolling Glide double pedal, Iron Cobra Lever Glide hi-hat stand, First Chair throne, Star cymbal stands.
  • OTHER: CymPads, Roland SPD-S

More Gear: My Teaching Studio

My teaching studio is setup for an inspiring, fun and effective practice and lesson experience, with lots of cool gear! For online lessons, all the drums, tracks, and click are delivered to Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc., through a Presonus 16 channel interface, allowing for good sound, play-along tracks, and an equivalent experience to in-person lessons. Email me at if you have questions about lessons.

  1. Teaching studio kit: TAMA Starclassic Bubinga Omnitune kit with SABIAN cymbals and EVANS drumheads. I used this kit on most of 4Front’s Malice in Wonderland.
  2. “Student” kit in my studio: Tama Superstar (all birch shells) with Tama 5×14 Artwood Snare Drum. Sabian cymbals might include 14 Stage Hats, 21 AAX Memphis Ride, 10 AAX O-Zone Splash, 16 & 18 HHX Stage Crashes, 20 HHX Stage Ride, 17 AAXPlosion Chinese, 16 Sizzler Stax.
  3. View of the studio.