18" kick....wasn't impressed.


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Oct 30, 2008
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I have a Slingerland 12-14-18 and that bass drum is a cannon and made me a believer that an 18 inch bass drum can do anything. Once you mic it there's no way to tell.
I love 18" kicks (I use them all the time) but I'm not sure I would totally agree with this. You can certainly get close, but even with many of the tuning and head combos suggested in this thread (I often use an Aquarian SK on the 18" Beech Custom I gig with regularly) and even with a PA, it doesn't quite sound like a 22". It sounds great, don't get me wrong, and can be very versatile, but I wouldn't say there's no difference in the sound.