Sweet to find something like this. I'm not an expert drummer or anything and I've only been playing for about a year. I mainly play a rock side, not really heavy or anything, but I'm getting into some jazz. There aren't a lot of people that I know who play an instrument so I;m not in a band an I fucking hate it. I've written some songs and drum beats but idk anything about guitar or bass guitar. I'm definently influenced by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Dominic Howard (Muse), Phil Selway (Radiohead), and Jim Benton (Offspring, not currently but the first). Also, Will Champion of Coldplay, I really enjoy the different styles you hear in different songs gay or not. I have a Mapex kit, it's still my first kit. It's a five piece, with a bass drum, snarem tom-tom (x2), a floor tom, a 14" Solar brand hi-hat, and an 18" Solar brand crash/ride. If i'm lucky I'll get an Iron Man double bass drum pedal and a 16" brand crash cymbal. I really like the Zildjian black cymbal set. I really like the way the cymbals look and I enjoy the sounds of them. I go to Fork's drum store. It's relatively small but it's jampacked full of sets, electronic and real, metronomes, sticks, cymbals, snares, and bass drum pedals. Also, I use Vic Firth 7A Vic Grip American Classic drumsticks. I recently went to a Nickleback concert with Saving Abel and Seether. All of their music is influential too, but the best part was when NIckleback's drummer, Dan Adair, started a 15-minute drum solo. About halfway through, the platform he was on started lifting up. Eventually he was kicking the double bass drum pedals ass while 7 feet in the air. That was probably way too much information but heres a picture of my set.