Asking for friend How many sets is too much ?

Neal Pert

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I'm not a collector at all. It gives me no pleasure to have things sitting around that I'm not actively using.

But the number of kits I own usually depends on what I'm doing musically. There've been times when it was completely warranted to have 3 or 4 kits-- one set up at a theater, one set up at home to teach with, a bop kit for jazz gigs and a bigger kit for rock gigs.

Before the pandemic hit I had decided that I'd do two shell banks:

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple: 10/12/13/14ft/16ft/18bd/22bd
Yamaha Stage Custom Birch: 8/10/12/13/14ft/16ft/18bd/22bd

Seemed reasonable: Use the AHMs for nicer gigs and recording and use the SCBs as my sort of knock-around, always in cases gigging kit. But now that we're in this pandemic thing I really wish I didn't have the SCBs. It feels like overkill. Mostly I just play the 12/14/18 AHM kit anyway, and I hate having extra things around.
 

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I have 4 acoustic kits and a Roland.
Seems to be a good number for anything that may come up. Playing in multiple bands and pickup gigs.

90s Fibes Aqua Sparkle
8,10,12,16,22,14 snare

Mapex Armory Aquamarine 8,10,12,14,16,22, Exterminator snare

Taye Studio Maple Natural 12,16,24,14 snare

PDP Concept Birch Walnut 10,12,14,16,22,14 snare

Roland TD17 KVX
 
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Ah man, I think I have 5 or 6. Here's what I got:

1st kit ever owned: no idea what it's made of other than a frankenstein kit of random pieces out together. Made that sound good and was like yep, time to upgrade!

2nd kit: cheap craigslist 100 bucks Mendini 5-piece (22" bass drum, 12" and 13" racks, 16" snare, and snare). Put this in the practice studio and replaced all messy gear and heads with remos and other dw gear.

3rd kit: Tama Swingstar 5 piece (same sizes as Mendini above) but I use this for house kit at my brother's place (remo silent stroke heads and zildjian l80's)

4th kit: 70s Ludwig Behemoth
28" kick, 14" rack, 18" floor, and 20" floor
Built that 15x12 Super-Sensitive to go with this

5th Kit: Rogers XP-8 kit
(2) 24" kicks
16", 18" and 20" floor toms
(2) 13" rack Tom's (one tuned high and other tuned low)
(2) 14" rack Tom's (one tuned high and other tuned low)
(2) 15" rack Tom's (one tuned high and other tuned low)
13", 14", and 15" concert toms

6th kit: Simmons SD600 electric kit
Despise this one and want to get rid of it

7th kit (in progress): 70s ludwig's stainless steel kit
Got a 26x10 marching bass drum I need to drill holes into and convert to a regular bass drum
Then go from there
 

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If you check my sig line, you'll see the current collection. I have a dedicated music room, and keep 2 or 3 sets out for playing. I rotate them periodically.
 

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I've got three kits...7 snares and counting...

DW Collectors 7x8, 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, 13x16, 18x22
1968 Ludwig 9x13, 16x16, 14x22 in Blue Sparkle
1963 Ludwig 9x13, 16x16 12x22 New Yorker in Oyster Blue Pearl

My dw kit was first for me. Purchased in 2001 after selling my Pearl kit. The two Ludwig kits were purchased both in 2020. The Blue Sparkle first because I was remote working during the pandemic and the vintage bug bit hard. I then saw the Oyster Blue Pearl kit a few months later and just had to have it. My favorite wrap along with the 12x22 kick that I don't see very often at all. Luckily I was able to get it after selling a snare drum.
Cool. THis is what I currently have:

1962 Slingerland (Krupa model) 13, 16, 22, wood snare (white pearl)
1962 Rogers (Celebrity model) 13, 16, 22, PowerTone metal snare) (steel grey ripple0
1964 Gretsch 12, 16, 20, wood snare (gold sparkle)
1965 Premier 12, 14, 20, metal snare from 1973 (blue shimmer)
1966 Slingerland 12, 16, 20, Sound King metal snare (dark blue sparkle)
1968 Rogers (Londoner model) 12, 13, 16, 22, Dynasonic metal snare (red onyx)
1974 Ludwig (Hollywood model) 12, 13, 16, 22 Supraphonic snare (champagne sparkle)
 

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I believe the answer is threefold ----

1) as many as you have the money and space for

2) as many as one's own personal situation calls for(i.e - gigging, home practice, and band rehearsal space)

3) if one is a collector, as many as one would deem satisfies their individual needs or desires.

i personally own 12 kits, 18 snare drums, and approximately 50 cymbals.

3 of my kits are in band rehearsal spaces

1 is set up in my home for practice

the rest are stacked up in my shed, and one in my home, ready for either gigging, or renting out, which i do from time to time.

for some odd reason, i seem to find drummers that are getting rid of drum kits very cheaply. I can't help myself in those instances......


Hope this helps answer the topic question !
 

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11 sets is too many. I know this to be true because I have 10. All vintage... no modern drums in my collection, other than a DW snare drum.

6 x Gretsch (4 SSB and 2 RB )
1 x Rogers ('66 Holiday)
1 x Ludwig ('69)
1 x Hayman (late 60s/early 70s)
1 x Premier (early/mid 70s)

So 11 is too many... Until... ;)
 

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Title says it all

here go’s my list

Tama swingstar 4pc pwr Tom sizes
tama swingstar 5pc
Tama starclassic B/b 2 up 2 down
Ludwig 60’s Wmp 22 13 13 16
Ludwig Club date pro beat
Dw design 22 16 13
when you cannot display all of them without adding a room to the house--- or if you think you need a "Drum Showroom"
 

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I have several...

1987 Yamaha Recording Custom
10x10/10x12/14x14/16x22

1992 Eames Birch Custom finetone/mastertone mix)
9x10/9x12/14x14/15x15/16x22

1994 Yamaha Manu Katche Hip Gig
7x10/13x13/16x16/5x13

2019 Gretsch Renown
7x10/8x12/14x14/16x16/14x22/6.5x14

Roland TD-20BK electronics drums
1989 Roland Octapad
1990 DrumKat w/Roland R8-M and Alesis D4

Right now I have about 14 snares (including the two listed above) and at least 60 cymbals

And kits that I wish that I still had...

1950s era Rogers champagne sparkle
8x12/14x14/14x20/5x14

1967 Ludwig red sparkle (my first kit!)
8x12/16x16/14x22/5x14 steel snare

1982 Tama Rockstar
8x8/10x10/10x12/12x13/16x16/18x18/16x22-X2/6.5x22 superstar steel snare (My Neil Peart copycat kit)
 

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I’ve got 3
Camco Oaklawn 22 12 16
Camco Chanute (Jim Gordon Color) 22 13 16
Premier Genista 20 10 12 14 - just set these up after years of sitting. Not sure why they sat lol. They’re very “melodic” to my ears
 

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What a strange question. I think it's up to the drummer. Who is to say what is too much of anything. We all make our own decision of which I assume we are responsible for the outcome. Who's business are our own likings?
 

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Humm.... so if I were your “friend”, clearly there’s no “right” or “wrong“ answer! The previous answers all seem reasonable. The number is variable for me. Currently I have 7.... but I think 3-4 feels about right!
 

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I see em as different Sized hammers or tools..
for different jobs that need done.

So bass drum diameter pretty much calls it.

Multiple sets with the same bass drum size... that some other world and reasoning.
a some type of borderline fantasy fetish oh I just didn't say that./ did I yea sorry.
pick a brand
 
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Pearl masters 10,12,14,16,22 with matching 14x6.5 snare for big stage
Yamaha stage custom birch 12,14,18 with GMS revolution maple 14x7 snare for small stages.... thats all.
 

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A Dozen kits and about 35 Snare Drums. Everything is in soft bags. The two Slingerland kits are interchangeable. Both top shelf late 80's-90's Pearl MLX & BLX have Rims mounts- so no tubes thru shells. BLX is the only Power Tom kit. All the vintage bop kits have their original rail mounts. Tried to play them all when gigs were more plentiful....



2007 Gretsch USA Custom Black Nitron-20,10,12,14,16

2013 Gretsch USA Brooklyn-Grey Oyster 22,10,12, 14,16

1975 Gretsch Stop Sign kit-Green Sparkle-20", 12", 14"

1962 Gretsch Round Badge Kit-Silver Sparkle- 20", 12",14" and 1981 16x16"

1977 Slingerland kit Silver Sparkle- 22,13,16

1965 Slingerland Kit -Silver Sparkle-20,12,14 -

1989 Pearl MLX Maple-Honey Amber- 20,10,12,14-

1987 Pearl BLX Birch-Sequoia Red- 22,10,12,13,14,16

2000 DW Workshop Series-WMP 22,10,12,14

2014 DW Frequent Flyer-White Onyx - 4 pc kit 20,12,14

2010 Mapex Saturn3 -Deep Cherry-20,10,12,14

1984 Vintage Tama Imperialstar-Off white- 22,12,13,16
 
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