22/12/14 setups

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I have a Yamaha like this, but added the 18” FT. Also, have a DW with these sizes but additional 13,16 for variations. I’ve gigged the Yamahas with only 22/12/14. Seemed to work real well.
 

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That's a combination I could use with my INDe's, but for some reason I haven't. My first kit was a 20, 12, 14 and I've done my INDe's that way on occasion. I do like the 12 and 14 tom combination but for some reason I always grab the 16 when I'm using the 22. I even once had a 24, 12, 14 kit and liked it. You've made me think.
 

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That's a combination I could use with my INDe's, but for some reason I haven't. My first kit was a 20, 12, 14 and I've done my INDe's that way on occasion. I do like the 12 and 14 tom combination but for some reason I always grab the 16 when I'm using the 22. I even once had a 24, 12, 14 kit and liked it. You've made me think.
Sometimes it’s just an easier haul with the 12/14. But I do like a 12/16 as well. There may be times when I need the lower note of the 16...just depends.
 

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I have used a 22,12,14 config. I like the 14" floor tom alot. Also helps for hauling because I can put both my snare and 14" floor tom in the same bag where with the 16 I can't. My cat maple is kind of my mini shell bank. I can do any combination of 8,10,12,14f,16f,22. I wouldn't mind getting another 18x22 kick for this kit and a 13 rack would be cool but I don't know if Gretsch makes them for the cat maple.
 

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i have the 22/12/14 combo in acrylic...got it for a song...used.
I like the articulateness of the 14 more than the boom of a 16.
 

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The only time in the last 5 years where I felt I needed a low note was at a recording session. But that’s me.
Big time ditto.

The kit I played in metal and super heavy rock bands for years and years was a 22, 12, 14. It's sort of easier to pack (barely), but the biggest benefits to me are feel and projection. The 14 always played faster to me. The sticks sprung up.

More importantly, I was playing a lot of unmiked shows in that period and it was easier to get a note that cut through loud guitars out of a 14 than a 16.

Like jaymandude said, the only time I ever missed the low growl was when recording. I would usually just borrow a 16 from a friend if I felt like I needed that sound.
 

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Big time ditto.

The kit I played in metal and super heavy rock bands for years and years was a 22, 12, 14. It's sort of easier to pack (barely), but the biggest benefits to me are feel and projection. The 14 always played faster to me. The sticks sprung up.

More importantly, I was playing a lot of unmiked shows in that period and it was easier to get a note that cut through loud guitars out of a 14 than a 16.

Like jaymandude said, the only time I ever missed the low growl was when recording. I would usually just borrow a 16 from a friend if I felt like I needed that sound.
All this. The feel of the kit seems more manueverable with the 12-14. And since I still try to play jazz, those size tune up or down better than 13-16

btw... Memphis Drum might do that because of a ( maybe?) Steve Jordan connection. He's in and out of that shop, and records in Memphis a lot..
 

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All this. The feel of the kit seems more manueverable with the 12-14. And since I still try to play jazz, those size tune up or down better than 13-16

btw... Memphis Drum might do that because of a ( maybe?) Steve Jordan connection. He's in and out of that shop, and records in Memphis a lot..
Makes sense to me.

When I was doing a lot playing in church, sometimes we would have these low end tom parts and stuff like that, where the 16 can be a better fit. Could still get away with the 14 most of the time though.
 

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I use this setup unmiked for many of the reasons already stated with projection and cut at the top of the list. This can be a very versatile kit if you can tune up for jazz then low for electric. The 14 floor is the key IMHO. I use a maple SClass Pro and a birch Sonic Plus from Sonor. Both of the floors are 16 X 14 with a CS dot reso. This ensures the 14 sounds like a floor and not a rack tom. The extra 2 inch depth not only adds to projection but also makes the kit look in proportion and not big bass drum with little tom.
 

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yup -

22x14 Premier Resonator or 1975 Slingerland 3-ply
12 x 9 Yamaha Stage Custom
14x14 Yamaha Stage custom

I have another identical 12 if want to double up .

I used this over the last year in the studio and it was a breeze to dial in and gave us a tight and meaty sound .
 

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I’ve got three kits that are 12/14/22...
Yamaha Recording Custom, 14 is a FT
Yamaha Maple Custom, hanging 14
Yamaha Club Custom, 14 is a FT

I like the configuration a lot, having downsized from 24/13/16 and 22/13/14/16. But, I occasionally play 22/13/16, or even 22/13/14FT. Depends on the gig or recording session.
 

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I have 22/12/14 and like it at the moment, but it's looking like I might add a 16 to the mix too in the next week or so. The gap between the 14 and 22 sounds fine, but for some reason aesthetically it throws me off. I just REALLY want a 16 there.
 


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