Equipment - Cymbals

  1. Did Mike play Zildjian cymbals at one time? faq id: 107
  2. What is Mike's favorite cymbal? faq id: 108
  3. How does the triple hi-hat setup work? faq id: 109
  4. How does Mike adjust his Max Stax cymbals? faq id: 110
  5. Does Mike use a felt washer between the cymbals in the Max Stax? faq id: 111
  6. Will Mike or Sabian plan on expanding his series of cymbals? faq id: 126
  7. On tour, is there a spare set of cymbals handy? faq id: 131
  8. How often do the cymbals get cleaned? faq id: 132
  9. What does Mike recommend doing to get a fast decay on a china cymbal like he does or where can I get one like his? faq id: 476

Questions and Answers

  1. Did Mike play Zildjian cymbals at one time? faq id: 107
    Answer: Mike did in fact use Zildjian cymbals up until the time that he inked a contract with Sabian, which was in late 92 or perhaps early 93 ( it was after the I&W tour had begun, but it was well before they hit Europe for the first time). His biggest reason for using Zildjians was because Neil Peart used them, but money talks and when offered the deal with Sabian, Mike took it. That said, likely Mike wouldn't still be with Sabian today if he wasn't happy with everything Sabian does for him - chances are, Mike could easily get a deal with Zildjian *if* he really wanted to, much as he went back to Tama after playing Mapex for a little while.

  2. What is Mike's favorite cymbal? faq id: 108
    MP: Sabian MAX Stax and Splashes of course! : )

  3. How does the triple hi-hat setup work? faq id: 109
    MP: It's like a regular pair of hi-hats with a flat cymbal in between - kind of like a Big Mac with cymbals as the buns! It gives you a real open trashy sound.

  4. How does Mike adjust his Max Stax cymbals? faq id: 110
    MP: Like anything with drumming, there is no right and wrong...it is all up to the drummer and their taste. I keep my Stax tightened somewhere in the middle between loose and tight. I've found that too loose creates too much decay for me (I prefer the stax to be very quick)....but too tight chokes the cymbals too much and there is a distinct metallic overtone that occurs from the cymbals rubbing against each other. Somewhere in the middle you'll find the sweet spot that I like.

  5. Does Mike use a felt washer between the cymbals in the Max Stax? faq id: 111
    MP: No.

  6. Will Mike or Sabian plan on expanding his series of cymbals? faq id: 126
    MP: As of now there are no plans but it surely would be interesting in the future.

  7. On tour, is there a spare set of cymbals handy? faq id: 131
    Answer: Sabian is real good about supplying spares and backups so that there aren't any problems if one of Mike's cymbals needs replacing.

  8. How often do the cymbals get cleaned? faq id: 132
    Answer: Because of the way Mike plays (and gets spit and water all over the place) regular cymbal cleaner has a tendency to eat away at the cymbals. So where possible, Jose tries to get away with just using Windex glass cleaner.

  9. What does Mike recommend doing to get a fast decay on a china cymbal like he does or where can I get one like his? faq id: 476
    MP: First of all: SABIAN, SABIAN, SABIAN!! Well, all chinas are different. Usually, the bigger they are - the longer the decay. Some of the quick, trashy chinas I have are small 12", 10" and even 8" chinas. But most likely what you are hearing in my set-up are the "stacks" I use. [the Max Stax - ed.]