Billy Ashbaugh

Independent

Billy Ashbaugh

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About

Paiste Artist Since
October 1988

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Independent

Other Affiliations
Brian Littrell
*NSYNC
Pat Benatar

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„Hands down the most musical cymbals I’ve ever played!“

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Biography

Billy Ashbaugh has played professionally for nearly 40 years. He started playing drums at age 15 and began playing the local club scene by 18. After playing local clubs for several years he felt his playing was really growing stagnant, so like many drummers he decided to take lessons. This decision would change his playing forever. Years later he got his first big break landing the gig as touring drummer with Snap!. From there, Billy went on to tour with such artist as ‘NSYNC, Pat Benatar, The Moody Blues, John Lodge, Alan Hewitt & One Nation and Brian Littrell (BackStreet Boys). He has also recorded/performed with Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Gloria Estefan, Britney Spears, Richard Marx, Christopher Cross, Alex Boye’, Joey Fatone, Greg Howe, Samantha Mumba, Hedras Ramos and many more. Currently when he’s not on tour, Billy offers online lessons as well as remote live drum tracks from his home studio.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark II: Tends to be a bit livelier and brighter. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound. Mark II also has a bit more volume potential due to its more open character.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.

  • Sounds