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Tommi Rautiainen started playing snare drum at the age of 10. He studied his first six years with Finnish snare drum master Risto Skrikberg, then 4 years in Conservatoire of Tampere and from 1991-1994 at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. After Manhattan School of Music his freelance career began and he has done over 5,000 sessions for different artists in Finland and Internationally. Rautiainen is international endorser for PAISTE Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and SAARI Drums. He received his Masters Degree from Sibelius Academy's Jazz Department. Tommi have been lately regular sub for UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki and also played with Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Sizes: 20", 22", 24"
Sound character: Full, rich, fairly bright, solid. Medium range, clean mix. Controlled and even feel. Very nice and sparkling stick sound supported by a breathy layer of wash. Perfectly balanced. A dynamic all around cymbal for many musical styles played at moderate level.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20", 22"
Sound character: Silvery, breathy, transparent. Fairly wide range, slightly complex and dense mix. Soft shimmering and velvety feel. A light crash cymbal with a definite retro character suited for many styles in that music genre.
Sizes: 16", 18", 20"
Sound character: Warm, silvery, airy with a mystical touch. Medium wide range, fairly complex mix. Very soft, papery feel. Very responsive. A graceful crash cymbal for delicate, sensitive playing with light sticks, brushes, rods and hands. Well suited for mallet rolls.
Sizes: 14", 15"
Sound character: Bright, powerful, crisp. Fairly narrow range, clean mix. Heavy feel. Bright, cutting open sound, clear, defined closed sound. Crisp chick sound. Bright hi-hat with a wide range for articulate playing in medium loud settings to cutting power in very loud situations.