DRUM KIT I've just taken delivery of the new Uzukuri hand finished Yamaha Live Custom Hybrid Oak kit. It's fantastic! 20" bass drum, 8" 10", 12", 14" and 16" toms in Charcoal Sunburst and 14" snare. The hardware is awesome and the FP9 direct drive bass pedal is the best I've played. I've also got the same kit in 22", 10" 12"and 16" and a honey amber stage custom in 22" 10"12"16" and 14" snare for my Alton Towers residencies.
PROTECTION RACKET CASES I've been stuffing my drums into Pro Racket cases for as long as I've had drums worth protecting and when the drums have gone, the cases have always stayed or been replaced. I've played thousands of gigs and Pro Racket have been to all of them. The best cases from the coolest company! Great drum rugs and travel luggage too!
Jon's Set up: Agop Signature 21" Ride, Vezir 13" Hi Hats, Vezir 20" Ride, Sultan 14" Crash, 8" Traditional Splash, 8" Traditional Heavy Splash.
AQUARIAN DRUM HEADS
I've been hitting Aquarian skins ever since I was given a set for a clinic several years back. I thought they had great sound control and tonality. They are really hard wearing too and Aquarian have a huge range of skins for every sound. Many years later I'm still loving their sounds and very pleased to be an Aquarian Artist.
With Aquarian founder Roy Burns at Frankfurt Musicmesse 2009.
CUSTOM DRUMS. I've been playing custom kits for over 10 years now, originally by Guru and then this CUSTOM BROBERG KIT, the first custom kit that I've designed and built myself! Birch shells with vertical grain in 20" kik, 14" snare, 10", 12", 14" toms, all a bit deeper than usual. Raw shells by Alan Tocknell at Tee drums, sanded and finished by myself. Shiny metaly bits provided by the ever helpfull BR Distribution. It was a LOT of work, sanding and staining and sanding and staining and sanding and measuring and drillng (did I mention the sanding?) all by hand but the result is an awesome looking and amazingly punchy, vibrant sounding custom kit.
GURU SNARE DRUM 13" x 7" custom Ash and Walnut chessboard snare drum. Made by master dum luthier Dean Price from solid individual blocks this is my main go to snare. It's super crisp and responsive but also tight and punchy. It's unique and I'm lucky to have it!
WINCENT BRUSHES I play brushes a lot and I first tried the 12 LN nylon brushes at the Wincent stand at London Drum show in 2012. I'd mainly uesd wire before then but now these are the only ones I use.
WINCENT STICKS I use the 55F maple and the 55FXL hickory as well as the El Pana timbale sticks. They are very high quality and feel really nice in your hand. They've also got the model number stamped on the butt end so you can see what they are in your stick case!
I used to visit
for family holidays in Sweden when I was younger and I really like it that there is now an international drumstick maker from there!
DE GREGORIO CAJONS Made in Spain these are wonderful sounding Cajons with rich bass and clear responsive snare tones. I use a Chanela for recording and live and it always makes me smile when people want to look inside it to see why it sounds so good, as though I'm cheating somehow. I use a couple of Bravo's too for teaching.
MORE PERCUSSION! I've got so much wonderful percussion stuff in all shapes and sizes it's too much to list! A new favourite is my LP Laptop conga which is like a congajon and Steve Poengsen's CHEQUERPLATE cymbals, shakers and effects are always fun to play and joyously different!
Chequerplate cymbals an FX on this solo from a while back!
LP Laptop Conga ( great instrument - terrible name! I prefer to call it my Congajon.
BAREFOOT KICK BUDDIES! I'm not much of a shoe wearer and tend to be barefoot whenever I can, though for drumming I do usually wear light skate shoes (great grip and shock absorption) but these very cool add ons to your bass pedal or hi hat pedal give you grip and shock absorption with out affecting play-ability at all. Great on a practice kit or summer gigs!