Gear

Drums

Since the beginning of my drumming, I’ve had probably 20 drum sets. On one hand I was searching for something extraordinary, on the other – an instrument that would fit my requirements. After many experiments I realized the best wood for me is maple. It has a balanced sound and a quite long sustain, it has a good amount of trebles and decent attack, but also covers some of the low frequency range.

Having said that I’ve been using DW drums for years now. Thanks to a successful cooperation with Krystian Czarnecki (Gewa) I own a set made personally by DW CEO – John Good. It is a standard DW Collectors from 2012 with a beautiful finish – Exotic – Emerald to Natural Fade – Olive Ash Burl. Sizes are as follows 22 x 18, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, 14 x 11 i 16 x 13 (all kettle drums are with hangers). I tend to attach a woofer to the bass drum for bigger concerts (e.g. Kombi), it adds more low frequency to the sound of the drum foot. One could say it’s a type of sub kick, but natural, as opposed to digital.

 

To the abovementioned set I use (interchangeably) a small bass 18 x 16 and a couple of trebles: 14 x 5 Edge – both upper and lower rings are brass, with maple wood inside, 14 x 5 Top Edge – brass ring on top only with maple body (X Shell), 14 x 5 Supersolid Edge – maple body with nut-wood ring inside. I also have quite a unque treble from Edge series, size 12”, which I use as piccolo. Its uniqueness comes from a fact that so small trebles are seldom made in Edge variety.

 

In 2016 I managed to buy a truly unique drum set from Custom 34 studio – DW Exotic with a very rare top layer of wood. Body is maple, but the external layer is made of 800-year-old bubinga wood. John Good found the log in Ghana wildlife reserve. The kit has a noble sound, has beautiful sustain and quite a lot of low frequency. Sounds extraordinary in a studio. Sizes are 22 x 18, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, 14 x 11 i 16 x 13. John Good has personally supervised production of the kit. It’s a limited edition, crafted to the finest detail. Inside every body of every drum there is John Good’s signature. The kit has a 24k gold finish. Only 100 kits have been produced and released to the world, due to limited availability of bubinga wood. It’s truly a Rolls Royce of drums, I’m ecstatic that I own this magnificent drum kit.

In 2018 I became a happy owner of 3 drum kits made by one of the most renowned drum making company – Gretsch.

DW with whom I’ve been cooperating for years has taken over Gretsch, which opened new possibilities for me to extend my arsenal. In a way DW is a modern sound, while Gretsch is history and tradition.

I own USA Custom Walnut finish – lacquer 22 x 18, 10 x 7, 12 x 8 (rack toms), 14 x 14, 16 x 16 floor toms. It’s a flagship model, for years highly appreciated for studio recordings. A lot of now classic songs have been recorded with USA Custom.

Brodkaster kit with Walnut satin finish 20 x 14, 10 x 7, 12 x 8, 14 x 14 i 14 x 6,5 (treble).

This one is a history of jazz. Before USA Custom, there had been the Brodkaster. It is the oldschool Gretsch sound, that’s warm and crisp.

Catalina Club (jazz) natural finish 18 x 14, 12 x 8 i 14 x 14.

A small kit that produces a noble sound, it’s quiet, though (especially useful when I’m playing in places with no sound suppression, e.g. a church or small clubs).

On top of that I purchased 2 trebles from Vinnie Colaiuta signature collection. The first one is from the year 2000 and bears the name Millenium. It’s a maple sized 14 x 5. The body is thicker than most Gretsch trebles – for a bigger bang and more power. The second of Vinnie’s trebles is a piccolo 12” x 4 from the last colbat blue finish series. The fourth Gretsch treble is a limited bell brass Brooklyn 14 x 6,5. I’ve had it for a year now and I still discover something new about it. Amazing! Very universal. Despite having been made of brass, it’s very warm (maybe it’s because of oldschool 8-screw rings from 302 hoops serires). The treble articulates beautifully, has a huge dynamic range, sensitivity and bang.

I also own Ludwig Supraphonic treble 14 x 5 from the 70’s.

I also have 2 electronic sets – Roland TD20 and Simmons SDS V which I use when I play with Kombi.

Cymbals

For years I’ve been playing on Zildjian.

I like its rich sound. For my needs I choose the ones with rather warm sound. I’m not a big fan of sharp and cold cymbals.

I use different series and mix them depending on the type of music I’m playing and conditions (live or studio, etc).

Recently, I’ve been using some darker sounds of K series or K Custom. For me the most important are main hi hat and ride. Quite often drummers spend their whole lives looking for “their” hi hat or ride. These cymbals are essential – we mostly play on them to make pulse and beats. On a day-to-day basis I’m playing on 21” K Custom Complex dark ride and 21” K Custom Organic ride. Size 21” for a ride is quite interesting for me. When I play jazz I use K Constantinopole . I have 3 rides from the same series – 2 Renaissance and 1 bounce. About the hi hats – long time ago I switched from size 13” to 14”. I managed to obtain limited edition hi hat from Hybrid Reverse series. I also own 14” K Custom session hi hat, Avedis New Beat hi hat. About crashes, splashes and other effects – as a Zildjian endorser, I’m well-equipped. Zildjian is distributed in Europe by Musik Meyer and Krzysztof Leśnik from MM caters to my cymbal needs.

 

Drumsticks

Since 2003 I’ve been using Regal Tip. My signature model is 8A-208R – 16” x 555”. It used to be Jeff Porcaro’s signature sticks. When I was in the USA I bought 3 pairs of these and they fit me just right as they are well-balanced. Later on thanks to Edmund Stasiak from Emi Trade I met some people from Regal Tip. That meeting marked a start to a long-lasting cooperation until today.

 

Drumheads

Since June 2019 I have been playing REMO drumheads / Thank you Gewa Polska