Benny Greb's favorite hihats are now available for everyone Full force production levels for Meinl's 16" Sand Hats Benny Greb\'s favorite hihats are now available for everyone - Full force production levels for Meinl\'s 16\ Benny Greb was already using them for quite some time, but now his Sand Hats are finally available in the 16 inches version. Why it took the company 8 years to put the 16" version into production remains unkown. It is the follow-up on the succesful 14" that was released in 2010. Benny tells us it has a warmer, broader hihat sound, while at the same time keeping everything alive that I love about the 14" version. He plays and shows them below.

  • Also added are: Benny's Vic Firth #JAM performances, with transcriptions and Drums Only!
  • The photos with this article are from Benny's recent performance at the Adams Drumworld Drum Festival in The Netherlands on September 8, 2018. And we included his official cymbal and Meinl setup as well.

Benny Greb on the new 16" Meinl Sand Hats
Scroll down for all the cymbal specs and more videos from Benny.


Benny Greb's official cymbal rider (2018, Adams Drumworld Drum Festival)
  • Meinl Byzance 14" Sand Hihat
  • Meinl Byzance 16" Trash Crash (2)
  • Meinl Byzance 22" Sand Crash-Ride
  • Meinl Byzance 20" Sand Ride
  • Meinl Byzance 18" Sand Thin Crasch
  • Meinl Byzance 16" Sand Hihat
  • Meinl Benny Greb Crasher Hats
  • Meinl Hihat tambourine (2)
  • Meinl Generation X 12"/14" X-Treme Stack
All artist performing at the Drumworld Drum Festival 2018
  • Damian de Weerd - Winner of the Dutch 2017 Drum Talent Contest - by Adams and Slagwerkkrant
  • John Engels Jazz Trio
    John Engels, with his 83 years old, he still playing like he is 18. He is one of the last true Dutch Jazz Kings and has played with Chet Baker and countless other international artists. He is still very active and was honored by Cesar Zuiderwijk at his 2000 drummers at the Sea event last week.
  • Matt Garstka
    Animals as Leaders drummer, and check the added Vic Firth #JAM performance with Robert "Sput" Searight's band... need we say more?
  • Jimmy van den Nieuwenhuizen
    Young Dutch all-round drummer, hired for any job possible. Active in Nashville on regular bases.
  • Tom Brechtlein
    The Groove Master that never misses a note. Famous for his shuffle, and long time member of the Robben Ford band.
  • Collin Leijenaar - the Dutch Mike Portnoy know for his work with Neal Morse.
  • Rashid Williams
    Speechless. All superlatives on his drumming skills and personal realm of musicality aren't enough for this young and gifted drummer to see him go everywhere. He is one of those specialties that can only grow for the better in all he does.
  • ...and Benny of course
    The live long prodigy in drums, the one of a kind, the restless in creativity on many levels and levels he is yet to discover.

Benny Greb's Vic Firth #VFJams Live videos

#VFJams Live! with Benny Greb


Benny Greb vfJAMS Live Transcription


Benny Greb vfJAMS Live Transcription - Drums Only


The vfJAMS Band
  • Robert "Sput" Searight - Keys / Musical Director
  • Weedie Braimah - Percussion
  • Joe Cleveland - Bass
  • Mark Lettieri - Guitar
  • Nicholas Semrad - Keys
  • Jonathan Mones - Alto Sax / Flute
  • Ben Burget - Tenor Sax / Flute / Trumpet
  • Sylvester Onyejiaka - Bari Sax / Flute
  • Ryan Porter - Trombone
  • Brandon Phillips - Trumpet
  • Ruben Lael - Vocals
  • Elise Testone - Vocals
  • Amanda Maxfield - Vocals
Specs 16" Byzance Vintage Sand Hats
  • Size: 16"
  • Model: Byzance Vintage Hihat
  • Finish: Sandblasted
  • Weight: Medium Thin
  • Material: Hand Hammered B20
  • Lathe: Narrow Blade
  • Made in: Turkey
  • Timbre: Dark
  • Pitch: Low
  • Character: Vintage, Dry
  • Volume: Medium to Low
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  • Sonor Drums
  • Remo drumheads
  • Vic Firth sticks
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