Bass drum depth - 14 - 16

Paradiddle

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I've only owned and played 14" deep bass drums. I've fallen in love with a kit that has a 16" deep bass drum. It sounds great, but I haven't had a change to "play" it as it's in a store (I hit it with a BD beater). It's a very thin shelled drum if that makes a difference.

For those of you who've owned both, how much difference is there in feel? 16x24 versus 14x24?

Jeff
 

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Sound wise, I don’t care. Had 14 to 18 deep basses. Been okay with them. *But* the extra depth makes a difference on stage space. So, I’m currently 20 x14”...
 

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16x22s are a pretty good size. They aren't "squishy" in their reaction and I prefer them to 18x22s. I can't really say how they are vs a 14 because I've never played a 14". I will soon though, as my project kit has a 14x24 bass drum.
 

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I played 14" deep kicks for 20 years then switched to 16" deep drums for the the next 20. Now, with the exception of 20"X20" kick I had a while, all of my kicks are back to 14" deep models. I can say I feel a little difference but not enough to say one is better, I think for me it' just a preceived feel / tone combo though maybe it's just all in my head. But I would have no problem if I wound up with a 16" deep drum again.
 

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Heads, head damping, pedal adjustment, beater choice, and what you put inside it will all make more difference in the sound and feel than the depth. I find that I can make any of the depths sound good and feel like I want them to feel.

If it's a kit you want, I wouldn't let the depth of the BD change your opinion one way or another.

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In my experience, a 16x22 seems thicker or wider, like it has just a little more body or weight to the sound. I think it’s easier to get a 14x22 to sit in a variety of mixes, for example, you could use a 14x22 on a quiet songwriter or trad jazz gig. But I don’t know how well a 16x22 works in those settings. But for a modern pop or rock vibe I much prefer the deeper drum. It’s not that the 14 won’t work, but for me I like “attitude “ of the deeper drum. I’ve ownwd and played both for years, and when I ordered a new Gretsch kit last year I chose 16x22.

It’s not for everyone, especially on this forum. But I’m super into it. It eats my vintage Gretsch for lunch, if that’s what you’re looking for.
 

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I don’t feel too much difference. But for me, it always makes cymbal positioning a bit more tricky when not using a boom stand.
 

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Like most things...the "feel" between a 14 and 16 depth kick drum is WAY over rated. Anyone that has played for over a month should have the ability to play both...with ease.
Funny. That’s what the op asked :) and you’re right. Not much difference in feel.
 

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Thanks guys - I appreciate the experienced responses.

Jeff
 

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I prefer 14’s but 16’s are ok I guess. Just can’t do 18’s anymore.
 

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ACTUALLY there is more than 2". The Volume (not sound level here, but it does affect sound Quality) is actually increased by 2 x pi x 12 (for a 24: drum) squared. or 2 X 3.147 x 144. In this case 904.32 CUBIC INCHES of resonance space inside the drum. This will have an effect on the tonal depth of the sound and bring out some more lows.

I had this same issue when I was looking at my Bass Drum size, but I was dealing with a 20". The extra 2" depth made a big difference in the lows I was able to get out of the drum.
I have sense had my 20" beside some other 22"s and my 20 sounded bigger and deeper that the 22.
 


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