does anyone use a 20" floor tom?

Ludwig1975

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My Slingerland 18 x 20 70s three ply with rings. Mostly use 16s and 18s but the 20 is a lot of fun to play and I would never sell it.
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No I agree mate. It’s the status that comes with a 20” FT. (In your head you know you the only one within in a few hundred miles with one) for me I live in the UK so the rarity is higher
 

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I have one on my monster kit. It's a Ludwig. Here's a pic next to my 16" Gretsch FT.
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I recently converted a 22x18 Yamaha Rock Tour bass into a giant floor tom for a customer. Kinda, goofy - but fun to play. He kept the same heads on it, so it was kinda like a big dead tympani.

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I use to use 14/16 but now 16/18 I prefer the lower toms love the way the sound together
 

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Recently joined the 20" floor tom club. A 14x20 factory Slingerland Radio King combo drum. It has the same air volume as my 12x22 bass drum. But the tones coming out of them are way different.
One sounds like a tom and the other a bass drum. There's no confusing them when playing. I've had half a dozen kits with 16x16 and 16x18 floor toms and always felt they weren't widely spaced enough in tone.
They sounded too much the same. It's much easier to space a 14x14 with a 16x16........ than the 16x16 with a 16x18.

I have much better spacing in this RK kit with the 13, 16 and 20 combo than if an 18 were in there. Even with the 16 and 20 I have to be careful to separate them enough.
The 16 tuned low and the 20 tuned high are not that far apart. I think the 16/20 combo gives a better and more natural separation than the 16/18 set up. And like Gene in that Sullivan video. You can ditch the
16 and just play the 20.

Krupa's personal 20's were always 16x20 according to Brooks Tegler, noted GK historian. He says Gene never had an 18x20 or 20x20 in his kits. Doesn't mean he couldn't have posed with one or utilized someone else's at times.

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Reverb currently has two 20s if anyone's interested:


 

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Yes! Definitely use them & not for a table. A 20x20 stainless steel ludwig. I tease guys that my floor tom is bigger than most bass drums.
 

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Have seen more 18x20 floor toms from the 1950's and 1960's than 16x18 floor toms. Curious who was using them back then.

Most 1970's Ludwig 18x20's are leftover early 60's shells- have had 2 come through in the past 15 years and they both had mahogany interiors just like a pre serial Keystone.
 

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Does a 20” pancake gong drum count? Lol I used one for awhile
 

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Yes! Definitely use them & not for a table. A 20x20 stainless steel ludwig. I tease guys that my floor tom is bigger than most bass drums.
How did you come into owning a 20x20? I've not seen any stainless floors in that size. The largest I've ever seen of any Ludwig floor from that period is a 20x18.
 

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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
I do. I have a 16 and a 20 floor tom on my 1970's SLingerlands. I love it especially with mallet sticks. I suspend a 20" cymbal on a boom stand above it for some great effects.
 


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