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- Oct 10, 2007
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- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
I agree; my new 16x16 can get very close to that grumble sound.Based on the music you play, a 14.
You can always tune a 14 and 16 lower. Also for playing punk and rock you may be riding a pattern on a floor tom instead of your hats or ride. A 14 works great for that where it sits in the mix of not only your kit but the mix of the band. That’s important.
We drummers can get so excited about the details of our gear we lose track of how it effects the music. (I’m as guilty of that as anyone.)
IMO, you do a ride pattern on big floor and you lose your articulation in the mix. It feels great from the throne, all that low end open Harley Davidson power, but to your bandmates and audience, unless you’re playing shows with top flight sound engineers and production, there’s a good chance what you think is meat is blurry sonic gristle.
You raised a key point in your question....what are the other toms in your setup.If you had the possibility to add a 2nd floor tom to your 16". Would you rather choose a 14" or an 18"? . It seems 14" would make more sense but I already have a 13". Sounds of 18" are incredible but I hear they're not that useful. Any view please?
Back in the 80's, that was my setup.My current "all-purpose" set has 22" bass drums, with 8x12, 9x13, 14x14 and 14x16 toms, and keeping a musical spread between the toms sometimes pushes the 8x12's tuning towards the very high end of its range.
Shell banks are so awesome .....I'd owned two kits with 16"/18" and two kits with 14"/16". Last year I ordered a shell bank and I went with 14"/16" again. But, one of the bass drums in my shell bank is a 24". I really missed the 18" with the 24" bass drum, they just work well together.
Now I have an 18" on order, so I'll have options.
It's all bout the size of the BD. Small BD smaller FT but if your kick is a 24" or 26" you go with the 18" FT.If you had the possibility to add a 2nd floor tom to your 16". Would you rather choose a 14" or an 18"? . It seems 14" would make more sense but I already have a 13". Sounds of 18" are incredible but I hear they're not that useful. Any view please?