Tim Baltes

Drum. Mix. Deliver.


Drum kits

I have a revolving cast and crew in my drum room, but the below kits are mainstays. Beyond what I have at the studio, I have access to hundreds of drum kits elsewhere. For a nominal fee, almost any specific drums can be acquired for a session.

Ludwig Classic Maple – Downbeat Configuration (Heritage Green)

20x14 Kick, 12x8 Tom, 14x14 Floor Tom

The kit above is my main squeeze. The bearing edges have been modified to my preferred specs and all rubber gaskets have been removed. With my collection of various heads and dampening products, I can tune these drums and mic them up to sound like almost anything.

Ludwig Downbeat Early 1960s (Sky Blue Pearl)

20x14 Kick, 12x8 Tom, 14x14 Floor Tom

Ludwig “Revette” (Night Oak)

18x12 Kick, 12x8 Tom, 14x14 Floor Tom

Ludwig/Leedy/L&L 1950s to 1960s – "Old Moldy" (Smorgasbord)

22x12 Kick, 13x9 Tom, 15x12 Floor Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom

WFL Drum Co. 1950s (White Marine Pearl)

24x14 Kick, 13x9 Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom

Zim Gar 3-Ply 1960s (Gold Sparkle)

22x14 Kick, 13x9 Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom

snare drums


1967 14x5.5 Acrolite

1941 14x6.5 Solid Shell Duco L&L

1940s 15x4 WMP L&L

1970s 14x5 LM400 Supraphonic

2000s 13x6.5” Classic Birch

Mid-2000s 14x6.5 Black Beauty

2000s 13x6.5 6-Lug Black Beauty “Schmudwig”

1962 14x5 Pioneer (Duco)

1963 14x5 Pioneer (Black Lacquer)

1961 14x4 Downbeat (Sky Blue Pearl)


1960s 14x5 8-Lug COB


Keplinger 14x6 6-Lug Stainless

Rogers 14x5 Steel Grey Ripple Powertone

Rogers 14x5 COB Powertone

Leedy 14x5.5 6-Lug “Orange Peel” Aluminum

PB Custom/Valley Arts 14x7 Eames Buildout (Used on “Ghostbusters” Theme Song)

Meinl 8” Snare Timbale


Tim exclusively plays Zildjian Cymbals. He has a variety of vintage and new models, ranging from classic sounds to shimmery modern tones and dry, trashy goodness.


Tim has cases and bins full of interesting percussion instruments, including Keplinger, Index Drums, Pete Engelhart, Morfbeats, vintage Ludwig, Slingerland, and Deagan products, along with additional homemade items.


Shure Beta 52A

Shure Beta 91A

Shure SM57 (x 6)

Shure Unidyne III SM57 (x 2)

Shure SM58 (x 3)

Shure SM7B

Shure 588SB

Shure PE 56D

Shure PG58 (x 3)

Sennheiser E609

Sennheiser MD-421 II (x 2)

Sennheiser E604 (x 3)

Placid Audio Copperphone

Placid Audio Carbonphone RU-80

Rode NT55 (x 2)

Apex 205 Ribbon (x 2)

Apex 210 Ribbon

Cascade X-15

SE Electronics V-Kick

Tascam PE-250

Electro-Voice 644

Electro-Voice Slimair 636 (x 2)

Electro-Voice 635A (x 2)

Audio-Technica Pro 37 (x 2)

Realistic 33-1080

Realistic 33-1070

AKG D112

AKG C414 B-TL II (x 2)