does anyone use a 20" floor tom?

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just wondering is there is anyone out there that uses one, biggest i have ever used is 18" just curious if they are around. I know some guys use to use the hanging bass drums back in the 80's
 

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i never ever saw a 20...im wondering how many are even using 18?
 

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thats a good thought.
but how many drummers go 1 up,2 down?
and if they do they might also be going 14,16.
my guess is 18s are rare ,and 20s are almost non existant.
 

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I use the 16 & 18 F.T.s that came with my Oaklawn Camcos. I love the look and sound os the 18" F.T., but it is indeed very hard to capture on a recording. I once had a 20" Rogers F.T. back in the day of vinyl and the low frequency would literally knock a stylus off of the lathe and was hated by engineers and mastering engineers alike.

As times change and technology moves along, who knows what drum sizes will return ..
-EW
 

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I've seen a few 20" floor toms on kits but I never understood why. Its basically a bass drum. I would just play a 2nd bass drum or a gong drum.

18" is the biggest I'd go personally and even then I probably wouldn't. With modern mics and PA's 18" floor toms aren't really needed. Back in the day when drummers needed extra volume they made sense. I think it's a look thing. Lets be honest huge drums looks badass!!
 

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i thought about using a 20" timp tom (marcher) with my stainless Ludwig, but I dont even play stainless and am bailing out of that genre of Ludwigs (lots in for sale section...sale PENDING on 20" but not sold for sure yet). I just dont see getting use out of two floor toms, and dont think I could even reach the second one much as now I kinda sit up close to my drums (even tilt the snare away from me a little bit). Even Buddy sometimes used his second FT as a place to set his towel.... :eek:
 

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I saw a band called Big Elf and the drummer had an acrylic Ludwig kit with a 20" floor tom. I saw it up close backstage and it was just HUGE.
 

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A guy around here had a huge Ludwing kit way back when (late 70s, early 80s) with 18 and 20 floors. It hardly seems possible, but I think they were both suspended.
 

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IIRC Ian Paice used a 20" as his second floor tom on several different sets. That's about the only name player I can think of.
 

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[font="arial][size="2"][font="arial][size="2"]Back in the 80's I had an oversized Ludwig set that I ordered. 26 bass, 12, 13,14 and 15 up toms and 18, 20 floor toms. I played those in some combination for almost 15 years. It actually didn't look odd because they were all large. Big targets![/size][/font][/size][/font]




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I use one or two floor toms,14",16" or 18".I always wanted a 20" floor tom.Too expensive to custom order one at this point.And you need a case/bag for it too.Well,maybe if I come into an unexpected windfall.
 

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My slingerland kit is twin 26 with 15in mounted and 16x18, 18x20. Cannons! 1977 kit and in great condition ...
 

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When Tommy Aldridge was with Black Oak Arkansas he was a Sonor endorser. He had them make a black Phonic kit with two 26" bass drums and a 20" floor tom. Tommy eventually sold it to a guy in WV. The kit ended up in a pawn shop and got parted out. A pity. A buddy of mine has one of the bass drums. Don't know who got the floor tom.
 

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IIRC Ian Paice used a 20" as his second floor tom on several different sets. That's about the only name player I can think of.
I believe Cozy Powell used 18" & 20" floor toms when he was using Ludwig.

I have a Camco Chanute 24/14/18 in walnut. I know where there is a Chanute 20" floor tom in walnut but have yet to pull the trigger.
 

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I have a Vintage Tama Superstar set with toms from 8 to 18,so occasionally I use the 16x18,and it is thunderous and not at all tympany like.Tama also made an 18x20 in the Superstar line,and can only imagine what that sounds like.

Steve B
 


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