Gearhead: Danny Gottlieb’s Hot Sticks

Whether playing acoustic or electronic drums, one piece of gear is always in his hands

Danny Gottlieb
Danny Gottlieb (photo: courtesy of the artist)


CM-300 from Korg
CM-300 from Korg

Tune Out

Portable tuners are great, but both clip-on and plug-in models are clearly designed for electric guitars and basses. Korg’s CM-300 ($15.99) is a piezo contact mic designed to clip onto wind instruments, violins, and other non-pickup-equipped strings. Its purpose is to isolate the sound of those instruments for greater tuning accuracy. Though it’s designed to mate with Korg’s own tuners, it comes with a standard 1/4″ plug (on a nice long lead), making it compatible with just about everything out there.

$15.99 MSRP  korg.com

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.