Jon brought a cymbal bag to the shoot as his favorite instrument and at first it seemed like a funny choice, but the fact is for a working New York drummer, the tools that get you from gig to gig can be as important as the instrument itself. Jon's Can-Sac cymbal bag was a gift from his wife, and it goes everywhere with him and is vital to his work.
Sasha never stops moving, just look at her left hand, and here she is holding her Grandfather's Roland CR-5000 drum machine.
Norman's Fender Telecaster on the left has been with him for a very long time, and he didn't want to risk loss or damage to it. His solution was create a clone of the original that looked, sounded, and played like the original.
The Reflexx practice pad is Guy's brainchild. Combining two different surfaces which are both softer and offer less rebound than typical pads, the user is able to develop superior playing skills and benefits from the surfaces being quieter than most other pads.
Adam's 12" Slingerland tom tom is part of a set that he's had for a while and recently has had custom work performed on it. Originally the tom toms in this set had only single heads - these were converted to double headed drums.
Don plays Mapex drums exclusively and this drum is one component of his favorite set.
The three Remo Rototoms floating above Nimai are the centerpiece of her unconventional drum set.
The 5.5x14 Ludwig snare is the same model that Ringo used on virtually all of the Beatles recordings. Yet ironically, Ludwig refuses to reissue this classic drum. Ira's fave.
Jane's Harmony P-Bass copy is her favorite piece of gear. It's a relatively inexpensive bass and is a perfect example of how a good musician may not want or need a gazillion dollar instrument to play well and sound great doing it.
Bill's a designer, artitst, and musician and knows what he likes in the 3D world and this bass is it. Here he's posing with his '74 Fender Jazz Bass that he's had for a while. Maybe he says it best:
"This bass resonates in my bones. I have a physical connection with the instrument - we vibrate at the same wavelength. It is a conduit to the universal pulse."
Cat with her upright, more to follow.
Posing here with his lute, more info to follow.
The snare drum is a 1920's Ludwig with many modern parts that Jim's been dragging around the world for years.
Sara's relationship with this guitar is very unique: She built the body and neck from scratch. It's crafted to her own specifications, aesthetically, sonically, and functionally.
It's a Tremoloa. This instrument was born during the Hawaiian music fad in the 1930's. It's extremely difficult to play.
Jun is a electronics technician and has customized this guitar to suit his playing.
Ryan and squeezebox.
Brian's holding the Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance bass drum pedal which is a fairly radical rethinking of bass drum pedal design but relies on time-tested geometry.
This guitar is Chris's signature model by Jackson. It's built entirely to his specifications.