Matt O’Brien’s 74th Street Tamas

Matt O'Brien's 74th Street Dream

By Radim McCue Published December 28, 2009

By the pool, in the club, or at the NAMM show (below), this kit looks great anywhere.

Matt O'Brien snagged this beautiful Tama kit at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California in 2008. He purchased the kit after the show for use in recording but now uses it regularly in performance with his group, the 74th Street Band.

Matt says, "It's a Tama Starclassic Performer Birch/Bubinga in Antique White Sparkle. The kit came as a five-piece with a 22" x 20" kick, 10" and 12" mounted toms, 14" and 16" floor toms. I've since added a 14" x 6.5" Tama Bubinga snare, also in AWS. I use a mix of old school Tama Titan and DW hardware along with Tama Iron Cobra Powerglide double pedal and and an Iron Cobra hi-hat. The pies most often used for live shows are, from left to right:

  • 14" Paiste Signature Sound Edge hats
  • 16" Avedis Zildjian Crash18" Paiste Signature Power Crash21" Paiste Signature Dry Heavy Ride19" Paiste 3000 Power Crash

I've got many more cymbals of various brands, types and sizes and I'll change them up as the show and the mood dictate.

Thanks for the offer to feature my kit. Keep up the great work at DRUM! Magazine!

Matt O'Brien
74th Street Band

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