Mariano Steimberg’s Setup
DRUMS CYMBALS DRUM HEADS STICKS
What is your favourite cymbal brand?
Since I was a kid, I always loved the sound of Zildjian cymbals. My most admired teachers used New Beat Hihats that were the best back then, any chance to play on a Zildjian cymbal felt like heaven to me. Until I was able to buy my first Thin Crash back in 1991.
Since then I have always looked for my sound in the Zildjian company. That is why I feel humble and proud to be an endorser since 1997. I have used K Zildjian, Constantinople, Kerope and other models, but this is the configuration I use the most.
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14″ KEROPE HIHATS
18″ KEROPE CRASH RIDE
19″ KEROPE CRASH RIDE
20″ KEROPE RIDE
22″ K CONSTANTINOPLE MEDIUM RIDE
What is the drum set sound you look for?
My answer is: I am looking for the best drum set sound. And when I first hit a Canopus snare drum I realised they had it. Since that day, many years ago I became part of the Canopus family. Craftsmanship and materials they use are unique. Their sound project, they are light to carry and great looking on stage!
R.F.M MAPLE WALNUT OIL DRUMKIT (click for more info)
20” BASS DRUM
18” BASS DRUM
14” FLOOR TOM
SNARE DRUMS (Click on the snares drums for more info)
14×5.5 HAMMERED BRASS SNARE DRUM
14×5.5 10 PLY MAPLE SNARE DRUM WALNUT OIL
14×6.5 10 PLY MAPLE SNARE DRUM CHARCOIL
14×5 ZELKOVA SOLID WOOD SHELL
What drum sticks should I buy?
Who hasn’t asked that question? My first pair of sticks did not feel very comfortable. But soon after I started playing drums I grabbed a 5A model from Vic Firth. That changed my life! A stick is an extension of your arm. They should feel good, have a good balance, the perfect weight and they need to be durable to save money. I might have broken only three pairs of Vic Firth sticks in my life. They last long, and they feel amazing. After trying many of them these are my favourite models.
VIC FIRTH STICKS
AH5A 5A AMERICAN HERITAGE MAPLE
SD 4 COMBO (I USE THESE STICKS FOR A DARKER SOUND)
MJC4 MODERN JAZZ COLLECTION MAPLE
STEVE GADD WIRE BRUSHES
AMERICAN CUSTOM TIMPANI GENERAL
Remo heads have always been part of my life. My first cheap drum set came with Remo heads. Then I bought the Pin stripe, since that was the sound everyone wanted. And years after I started using Ambassadors. If you play fusion you have other options like Emperor Remo Heads and if you are a Jazz drummer you might want to try Vintage A heads.
The colours that I get out of my drums are only possible because of Remo drum heads.
AMBASSADOR COATED (TOMS AND SNARE DRUM)
AMBASSADOR FIBERSKIN (SNARE / BASS DRUM)
LaLulas is a Spanish percussion Cajon company. They are based in Castellón and his CEO is very friendly and committed to give a great quality of sound, wood and construction. They have many different models and designs. They are definitely one of the best cajón brands I have tried so far. I have chosen to use a C-2 model. It is not the most expensive in the catalog and it already gives me a great sound for live and recording sessions.
Late is a great quality Argentine percussion brand. They are very serious at what they do. Using premium quality wood and construction techniques, they became the most used congas in Argentina. They are definitely a great choice. I was able to get a portable set that surprised me with their natural conga sound, having controlled harmonics and imitating real congas.
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