Welcome to Jason Rico’s Vegas Island, Nevada “man cave,” where the centerpiece is a brand-new DW Collectors series kit. Covered in a White Silk finish-ply and offset with black nickel hardware, the set was a gift Rico gave himself on his fortieth birthday.
“My influences are Tommy Lee and John Bonham so I had to have that big bass drum,” says Rico, who waited two months to receive his pride and joy after placing the order. He promptly named the kit Mjolnir, after Thor’s hammer. “Believe me, it lives up to its name.”
In addition to his booming 26" x 18" bass drum, the kit includes a 13" x 9" mounted tom, 14" x 12" and 16" x 14" floor toms, and a 13" x 6.5" Tama snare black brushed nickel snare drum. Why a big bass drum with such a small snare? “I like having everything very close and tight to me when playing so the 13” snare is very comfortable.”
To help offset the serious cash he laid down on the kit, Rico turned to the classifieds for the rest. “I bought all the hardware and cymbals used with the exception of the DW tom stand, snare stand, and hi-hat stand,” he explains. “I found the Zildjian Z and A Customs on Craigslist. The other stands are DW, Pacific, and Mapex.
“I’ve never been more satisfied. I would say my neighbors probably hate me for the noise, but I’m lucky enough to have a neighbor that is my age who plays bass, while his 15 yr. old son plays guitar.”