Just thought a few people here might like this...
Been going through old Modern Drummers when I ran across an interview with Alex in the October, 1983 issue. He doesn't mention what snare he used on the debut VH LP, but for VH II and Women and Children First he used a 6 1/2" Super Sensitive snare with a Remo Black Dot head and minimal muffling. He used a rosewood snare on Fair Warning and 1984. I'm assuming that's the RW snare that Tama made at the time as he also used some of their hardware.
I always loved his snare sound, just thought some of you might've wondered like I did how he got it!
In the same issue, he was asked this question:
"Why do you crash on a ride cymbal?"
"It's the 20" Medium, and I picked that up from the old Beatles records when Ringo would get that layer of sound. It fills it up. I think it gives it a nice texture. Of course you can't do it on all songs, but there's an appropriate place and time for every little part. I just ride the crash to the point where it sounds like a wash and the use the left hand for accents."
Riding a crash might've been out of the ordinary back then, oh how things have changed.