Matt has been playing Tama drums since 1983. In 2008, he started playing Pearl drums, mainly for the durability of their hardware, and their openness to custom orders. After trying two different Masterworks custom drum sets, Matt realized that something was not quite right; he didn’t feel the way a drummer should feel about drums that were created with few few limitations.
After a 9-year hiatus, Matt has finally come home to Tama Drums and Hardware! In 2017, new legislation prohibited importation of certain species of rosewood and bubinga to the US, unless the importer could prove they harvested the wood before a specific date. This meant that companies like Tama, after depleting all of their existing supply, would no longer be permitted to use this wood to make instruments. Luckily, Tama still had enough bubinga to make this masterpiece.
This drum kit consists of 15 drums and 19 cymbals. Each drum is made of 6 or 8 plies of bubinga wood, and one outer ply of natural cordia wood (also known as bocote wood). The drums were special-ordered, and made in Japan, according to Matt's requests and specifications.
The drum sizes are two 20x17 bass drums, 8x4, 8x5, 8x6, and 8x7 concert toms, 10x6.5, 12x7, and 13x7.5 rack toms, 13x13, 14x14, and 16x16 floor toms, 13x5.5 timbale, 20x14 gong bass drum, and 14x6.5 matching snare drum (not shown - a 14x6.5 Star Reserve hand hammered aluminum snare is pictured).
The cymbals are a mixture of Zildjian and Sabian brilliant models.
Current Zildjians include 20" K Custom Session Ride, 17" and 18" K Custom Fast Crashes, 16” K Custom Dark Crash, 17” K Dark Thin Crash, 20" A Custom China, 8” and 10” K Splashes, and 13" K/Z Custom Dyno Beat Hihat.
Current Sabians include 19" Paragon China, 12” HH Prototype Hihat top with custom 12” HH Fusion Hat bottom (trimmed down from a 13" by Christian Kline at Drums on Sale in Hagerstown, MD), and 8"/8", 10"/10", and 12"/14" Signature Max Stax.
Enough with the details, let's get to the pictures!