"I wanted to build a device that was apartment-friendly and compact for the street musician; but also something that was quality-sounding. A gritty, raw, 'break-able' kit for gigging in clubs that you can fit in a cab. Breakbeats by Questlove does it all."
- Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (The Roots)
Make It Fit
Breakbeats was designed with the city in mind. Positioned on a riser for optimum reach, its compact 14x16" bass drum, 7x10" tom, and 13x13" floor tom creates a set-up for sculpting grooves in tight spaces. It features Remo Pinstripe heads for pro-level tones, and comes with a multi-purpose bags for easy transport, and drum muting. The Breakbeats kit is available in White Sparkle, Black Sparkle, and Red Sparkle.
Break It Down
The tonal center of Breakbeats is a 5x14" matching wood snare drum. Create beats on the fly and make your voice heard at gigs, on the street, or in rehearsal.
Dial It In
Fitted with Remo heads, Breakbeats' 7-ply hardwood shells play like a full-sized kit; fusing low-end kick punch with focused tom and snare midrange.
Pack It Up
Packable, stackable, and portable, Breakbeats' compact size and included storage bags make it ideal for the drummer on the move. Play it wide open or instantly change volume and tone by draping each bag over each drum.
Lucky Lehrer. Performer & Educator
At age 11, when most kids were listening to the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Grass Roots, Lucky Lehrer was studying Rumba, Cha-Cha and other Latin rhythms. “My drum teacher played at a hip night club on the Sunset Strip,” Lucky remembers. “He showed me the basics, along with the Bosa Nova and Mambo, and I didn't look back.” Lucky imported those grooves to re-define hard core drumming in such legendary bands as The Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, The Darby Crash Band and L.A.’s Wasted Youth. “Listen to any style of music I play or have recorded and you’ll always hear the Afro-Cuban influence.”
Lucky is the only punk drummer to have his picture on the wall of fame at the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, California. He is endorsed and sponsored by the leading drum and percussion companies and has his own signature drum sticks. One of his early kits is immortalized and on display, behind glass, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
"You’ll find me in the front row whenever there’s the chance to see a great Latin percussionist," Lucky confides. His particular favorites are Luis Conte and Ronnie Gutierrez. Lucky’s greatest praise goes to his own "Master," veteran L.A. session drummer Joey Heredia. "Joey is the most versatile drummer I know, and has got me playing everything from Street Claves and Songos to Neo-sambas. Now he’s reinventing Flamenco Music, adding a full kit including snare drum, bass drum and tom-toms."
"I love the improvisational spirit of Latin music," Lucky says. He’s proud of his collection of Latin percussion, which includes Toca bata drums, rattles and shakers, nine different cowbells, congas, cajons, bongos, timbales, cabasas and a guiro.
ISTANBUL CYMBAL CARE & SELECTING TIPS
-Always transport and store your cymbals in a high qualitly padded cymbal bag or protective cymbal case. If possible, use a bag or case with cloth dividers to prevent scratching.
-Always choose your cymbal models and sizes according to the music you play and your own playing style and dynamic. As a general rule, larger and thinner cymbals are darker and have a lower perceived pitch. Smaller or heavier cymbals tend to have a higher percieved pitch and are more able to cut.
-Avoid playing directly into the edge of your cymbals. Even a slight tilt of your cymbal stand will make a substantial difference.
-Avoid overthightening your cymbals. Allowing them to move more freely enhances tone, projection and durability.
-Avoid metal to metal contact. Always use sleeves and felts on your cymbal stands.
-Use a soft cloth to remove remaining fingerprints, moisture and dust after playing. Doing this will simplify the cleaning process later.