Dave's Gear

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this video, Dave Atkinson walks you through the drums, cymbals, hardware, and drumsticks he uses while gigging and recording free drum lessons for DrumLessons.com. He discusses some of the aspects he likes the most about his gear and why he chose to use it in the first place.

Here are the specs for Dave’s gear:

Casey Drums – Dave Atkinson’s Signature Acrylic Drum Set – 6″x14″ Snare; 8″x10″ Hi-Tom; 9″x12″ Mid-Tom; 16″x16″ Floor Tom; 18″x22″ Bass Drum.

Paiste Cymbals:

  • Signature Series – 20″ Reflector Bell Ride; 14″ Heavy Hi-Hat; 16″ & 18″ Full Crashes; 8″ & 10″ Reflector Splashes; 16″ China; 13″ Mega Cup Chime.
  • Alpha Series – 18″ Medium Swiss Crash.

Evans Drumheads:

  • Batter Heads – Clear G2s on all toms and snare, and a clear EQ3 on the bass drum;
  • Resonant Heads – Clear G1s on all the toms and snare.

Vic Firth Drumsticks – Extreme 5A.

Yamaha Hardware – DFP-9315 Double Pedal; HS1100 Hi-Hat Stand; FP7210A Single Pedal.




  • Tamer says:

    Posted on Dammit. I have long been convinced, for reonass unknown to me, that Rumours’ came out in 1975, the year that I was born. Kind of disappointed to realize I was wrong about that.Oh, well, I’ve still got Born to Run.’Love your discussion of the album, totally agreed. There are some great singles ( Dreams is pretty close to a perfect song for me), but put together it’s greater than the sum of its parts.I love your music writing, I hope to see more of these!

  • Sourabh says:

    The 2 beaters on your double bass aren’t the same right ? .. But the sound is the sam from both ..

  • Sebastian says:

    Hey, you seem like the guy to go to for this question I’ve had for a while. I have a set, it’s tama, a basic $800 set with cymbols, and I am now going to buy a double bass pedal worth half of my whole drum set. I have come to realize my set must suck. it doesn’t sound good, and i’ve even replaced the heads with Evans (i think) aquarian series heads. How can i make my heads sound good? it bothers me because i see youtube videos where i hear acoustic drums sound perfect compared to what i want my drums to sound like. Your drums sound like the example i hear all the time. how do I make my drums sound better? Please help me!

  • dustin jacobsen says:

    i really dont like the clear. i prefer black on black or a solid color with black chrome hardware.

  • Johnny says:

    You have the Nicko Mcbrain Ride Cymbal 😀
    An awesome Ride that it is 🙂

  • Benedict says:

    nice set

    • Kork says:

      Posted on I’ve been absent for a while, but now I reemebmr why I used to love this site. Thanks , I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

  • caleb says:

    why is your band called yuca

  • Matt says:

    How much did it cost?

  • ted johnson says:

    We should all have another half inch. all aside it is a nice kit.

  • AndrewGreer says:

    They use evans

  • nfldrummer says:

    nice kit.

  • nfldrummer says:

    ya what kind of heads do you use?

  • Lucas says:


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