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Sam Checkoway is a professional drummer with over 15 years of experience in both live performance and studio work. Sam has been playing drum set and percussion since age 10; he started out taking private lessons in addition to playing in jazz band and wind ensemble throughout his early education. Following high school, Sam was accepted to Berklee College of Music and also studied Audio Production at Bay State College. He has toured across the U.S.A. and Canada playing with artists such as Born Without Bones, Super American, Sleeping Patterns, oldsoul, & Swan Princess Project. Located in central Massachusetts, Sam is also a drum instructor teaching private lessons at School of Rock in Norwood as well as at his home studio.
Sizes: 20", 22", 24"
Sound character: Full, rich, warm, strong, deep, silvery. Wide range, complex mix. Responsive, even feel. Warm sparkling stick sound over a wide, deep wash. Fairly quick, strong crash sound. Extremely dynamic and lively ride cymbal, suitable for numerous musical styles.
Sizes: 20", 22"
Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson