My relationship with Vater goes back to 1991 and the Vater family is like family to me. Of course, they also make the strongest, most consistent sticks on the market. I use the Classics 8D Jazz and it is by far my favorite stick they've ever made. It's a 7A grip with a long taper and an acorn tip. It has a super fast response while being totally controllable. https://www.vater.com/#!/product/981841
I'm entering my fourth decade playing Sabian. My long-time setup consists of a 22" or 24" Artisan medium on the right, a 22" Artisan thin or an 18" HH Prototype on the left, 15" Artisan Thin Hats, a prototype 22" Artisan Flat Ride or an early prototype 18" Royalty Flat Ride, and a 20" HHX China. I LOVE these cymbals! https://sabian.com/artist/jim-mola/
I looked down at my drums one day some years ago and realized that "let me just check out this one Aquarian head" had turned in having Aquarian on almost all of my drums. I made the full switch that day and my drums have never sounded or felt better. On my jazz set I use Jack DeJohnette heads on the snare and bass drum and Texture Coated heads on the toms with Classic Clears on the reso side. For other styles I use either Coated or Deep Vintage II on toms and bass drums and Jacks or Texture Coated with Power Dots for snares.
The only cases I trust to protect my drums on the streets of New York City! I've been using them since I started out - all my old fiber cases that I bought at Frank Ippolito's Percussion Center were H&B. The Berg family are great people and industry legends, and they make outstanding products. https://humesandberg.com/wp-content/grand-media/image/JIM-MOLA.png
I am a practice pad fanatic, I admit it. I've tried them all. To me, if a pad doesn't make you want to be on it constantly then why bother? At PASIC2019 I had the opportunity to teach some lessons on a Prologix Pratikit and I was knocked out by the feel and the build quality. My go-to is the Russ Miller ALLN1, with three playing surfaces, including a brush layer, and a raised rim. It sits in a stand, on a table or drops into your snare drum like a glove. A great company with beautiful, smart designs that feel great and are built to last. #practiceproud https://prologixpercussion.com/pages/artists
While at the Sabian factory someone asked if I had ever checked out Cympad. I hadn't, and I was given a demo on the spot. I was stunned at what a difference they made over traditional felt pads. The cymbals came to life! When I got home I ordered a starter pack and my relationship with this great company started soon after. I use the Optimizers, Undertones and The Shark snare muffler.