My (permanent) cymbal setup is indeed a mix of K's and A's:
22" K Ride
22" K-Con Bounce
17" K China Boy
15" K Sweet Hats
22" A Swish Knocker
Two 18" A Med-Thin Crashes
18" A Thin Crash
17" A Thin Crash
16" A Thin Crash
12" A Splash
A-ha! It was your thread from two years ago is where I originally found out about this solo. I owe you a debt of thanks, as I've enjoyed and gotten inspiration from it countless times since you first brought it to our attention.
This gets my vote for "Most Atypical Buddy Rich Solo on the Internet". The audio is strictly "single video-camera mic all the way at the back of the auditorium", so it requires a bit of concentration. But your efforts will be rewarded by over nine minutes of: "Wow, I've never seen Buddy play a...
Those days were gone as soon as Napster hit it big in the '90s. This shift from artists being able to make money on recordings to artists having to rely on playing live to make money has been happening for nearly 30 years now.
But the change in session player earnings that @Whitten refers to is...
I have a Ludwig LB416BT brass-on-brass Black Beauty and the stock Ludwig head didn't last but a few minutes before I swapped it out for a Remo. In this case I used a Fiberskyn3 FA (10ml mylar + 3ml coating), which I find produces the perfect combination of dry attack and musical overtones on...
Punchy: 2-ply batter head over single-ply reso head
Articulate: 6-ply maple shells w/o reinforcement rings; coated heads
Deep: Proper tuning (suggest experimentation and by-ear tuning); heavier sticks (>5B ); hit hard
I just finished watching all seven episodes, and except for some fluff in the last one, I didn't find it tedious at all. In fact I found it a well-researched and well-presented story told by someone who has great passion for the subject.
The fact that the room mic tracks on DCP videos show not that much difference between different drums speaks less to the lack of actual difference between those drums, and more to the inability of microphones to hear tonal and dynamic subtleties as clearly as our ears do.