The following list is what I consider to be my core equipment set-up.  It is important to note that instruments and recording devices used may vary to best suit the performer, the project, or the musical goal.

Tuba Pictures

Valve Cluster and Valve Beanie Close-up.

Meinl Weston 2250 TL, French Touch, F (Near – used from 2013-2021)

Walter Nirschl York Copy, CC, with Modified Leadpipe (Far)

Yamaha YFB-822S Custom, F (With Larger YamaYork buttons and caps)

Instruments Used

Walter Nirschl 6/4 York Copy, CC

Yamaha YFB-822S Custom, F


MOMO 330SV Gold Plated, Manufactured in Japan by Meister Momotake Kawamura, CC Tuba

Laskey 30H Gold Plated, F Tuba


Ion Balu XL Wooden Mute

The Valve Beanie
(Available for purchase through our store)

Recording Devices

Recording Session Experimentation at The Yale University Band Room (2017). Recording Engineer Benjamin Schwartz. (Blumlein Pair, AKG C-144 B-ULS, Royer R-122 MKII, Spot Mic)

Over the years I have grown to appreciate the art of capturing as close to the “real sound” as possible in my recordings.  Since late 2017 I have been using two specific set-ups.  The first is practical and used for quick practice/rehearsal recordings while the second is a professional set-up used for projects and more serious recordings that I plan on either archiving or publishing.

Input Sources

Handheld Recorder

Sony Linear PCM Recorder (PCM-D10)


Canon EOS 80D
GoPro HERO5 Black, Secondary Angle Camera


Schoeps CMC 6/MK 5 Stereo Set – Matched Pair (used as the main stereo-pair)
Royer R-122MKII Ribbon Microphones Pair (used as spot pair)
Shure SM27 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Pair (auxiliary mics/piano pair)

Focusrite 18×8 Clarett TB Interface (Main)

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Generation Interface (Desk)

Electronics & DAW


Sennheiser HD 800 S 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Monitor Headphones
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones


AirTurn BlueTooth Page Turner


2017 MacBook Pro
2018 iPad Pro, Model A1670


Logic Pro X (Digital Audio Workstation)
Final Cut Pro

Royer R-122MK II Pair, Blumlein Array