DW sizes?

rpludwig

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Although DW makes most any size of any toms and bass drums I am puzzled by what seems to be the predominate sizes of their 5 pc kits (Collector Series), namely 10/12/16/22 rather than the traditional 12/13/16/22 default sizes. Also, most kits are shown with 18" deep bass drums and floor toms are 2" shorter than normal (i.e. 16x14).

So, what is the science behind this, if there is any. I know John Good touts himself as a "woodologist" so perhaps he's figured something out with proper size/intervals that the industry has been ignorant of for the past 60+ years?

Thoughts?
 

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10/12/16/22 has become the new 12/3/16/22 that we all knew from our formative years ( the boomers ai am talking about ). Personally I like the 10/12/16/22 configuration but hate the 18” deep bass drum .
I am more of a 20/12/14 or 24/12/16 guy , I rarely use two tack Toms .
 

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It's not just DW. Virtually all the Manufacturers who offer pre-packaged kits default to 10,12, 16, 22.
 

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My hypothesis has been that the 10,12,16, 22 can be packed in a single box if they are nested inside each other for saving money on shipping. I do recognize that may be a tinfoil hat idea though. Haha
 

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My hypothesis has been that the 10,12,16, 22 can be packed in a single box if they are nested inside each other for saving money on shipping. I do recognize that may be a tinfoil hat idea though. Haha
For a while there seemed like the 'standard' kit sizes (as in, that's what manufacturers had available on their lower, mid & higher end kits) was the old 'Fusion' description with 10", 12" & 14" toms and either a 20x16" or 22x18" kick. You could then buy the 16" (and an 8") as an add-on. I reckon more & more people getting the 22" thought the 14" wasn't offering enough if it was the only floor, which makes sense.

Looking at it in a sales perspective: I also think the 12', 13" 16" toms setup feels complete, while a 10", 12" 16" setup just screams for a 14" to be added, giving you those nice & even 2" incremental tom sizes. With the 12-13-16, what do you add next? A 10", a 14" rack, a 14" floor a 15" floor, an 18" floor?... There's no clear answer.
 

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In 2008 I bought my first brand new kit, a DW Collector's Series 10", 12", 14", 16" and 22". I later added a 13" and stumbled upon a matching 8" for a good price. My set up for the next eleven years varies. I tried every configuration those sizes allowed.

In January of 2019 I ordered another kit. This time I went with the same sizes in a Gretsch USA Custom. I again added a 13" for variety and decided to also add 18", 20", and 24 bass drums.

I like having choices.
 

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The depths are so the drums harmonizes the best. I have John Good’s book: The Book of Plies. It talks about how the relation between the drums is not equal and the air between the batter head and the reap head is more complete with their sizes. Also, he says that the shallower the drum, the more resonant.
Traditional size:12X8
Power Size:12X10
Dw Size:12X9
They chose the one in the middle. The best sizes are in the SSC (superior shell Technology). Look it up on the dw website in the collectors series. There are some GOOD thoughts in this.
 

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