10 & 12 or 12 & 13 toms?

sillypilot

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What are your thoughts for the two up? I've used both and would like to hear what others have experienced.
 

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10 and 12 are the best separated. I often find the 12 and 13 are just too close together....even if tuned wider apart. To me their voices are almost the same in a 5 pc kit. If you're not doing heavier rock or metal, the 10 and 12 are good. 10 and 12 up.....14 and 16 down.
 

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For me, the tuning of 10-12 doesn't work very well. The 10 has to be too high or the 12 too low to make it work. 12-13 works a bit better, but it's a bit close.

The best for me is 10-13. Odd yes, but I can get the 10 tuned down a bit so it doesn't sound like a bongo, and the 13 up a bit so it doesn't sound like mush, and still have some pitch separation.
 

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If you like the sound of a 10 you'll be ok with that. I personally don't. I know why people love them, easy to tune, easy to play at that medium - esque tuning. But it doesn't have muchpresence to me, kind of wimpy. And also doesn’t fit the music that I play.

12-13 is more difficult to get right, and maybe not the best, but I prefer that...
 
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10 sounds too modern. A wimpy drum. 12” and 13” is the old school way, and my preference.

I generally would have no use for a 10. It sounds like 90s fusion, which I despise.
 

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I'm a big 2-up fan and I've had both (10-12 and 12-13) setups over the last 45 years, and they can both be made to sound great. Never had a problem getting separation between a 12 and a 13, so that's a complete non-issue. 12-13 was very common and perhaps even standard for many years. Anyone who can't make it work is doing something wrong, IMO... :cool:

My first real kit was a mahogany-shelled Premier with 13-14 (!) up and it worked great for me for 10+ years. Honestly, you can make any combo work with the right heads and 15 minutes of tuning, assuming the drums are of reasonable quality.
 

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Either one works fine. I genuinely find easier to get separation with the 12x 8/13x9 size combo due to the greater difference in total size. However, either way works
 

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I use a 10" and a 13" (Rogers, resonant, and black) on a stand to my left, with an 18" floor tom. To which I can add a 16" floor and/or two 8" toms of varying depths on a boom over the hats, if desired.
 


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