Jinjer and the drummer from that band, Vlad Ulasevich.
Incredible live show, best I've seen this year, and very interesting drum setup. He uses no top toms. lots of 20+ inch cymbals, all tilted forward, and plays open hand.
does alot with his small-ish setup and plays some very interesting...
I have a Oriollo coming.
I'm thinking either going custom ATA route or your way... I have a few Pelican cases and I love them. really well made and the "pick and pluck" foam system is awesome. not sure why I didn't think of that solution sooner.
I have a set of SKB cases for my kit that I've been using for the past 20+ years. never had a problem. well padded on all sides... still holding up well.
been very happy with them.
Just recently ordered a 14x8 cast bell bronze snare so in anticipation of this I ordered me a SKB "padded" case...
I play whatever my drumstore has in stock in my size. I usually use thinner 2ply head batter and single ply clears on the bottom.
I'm more picky about my reso head though. My 1st choice is evans G1 but again if they are out, I go remo. Evans seem to last a little longer for whatever reason...