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gretsch 20/12/14 for hard rock??

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is such a thing doable? i’m looking to get new drums, and being a bit jazz oriented i’m looking at 12/14/20 configs from gretsch and liking what i see. but my band plays hard rock music, though i’m totally into it and contributing heavily to the heaviness of our sound. granted, i’m not talking van halen, late 70s thuddy hair metal type hard rock but more tapping into the that era of early 70s blues.

Given the right heads, tuning, beater, how you hit the drum, and a competent sound person, it could work.

But what happens if you play without the latter? Then you'll probably be better off with drums that will cut it acoustically.

I have Gretsch bass drums in 24", 22" and 18" diameters. I've used the 18" in smaller rooms for R&B and blues hits. It sounds good, but there is no comparison to what the 24" brings, and I don't have to hit as hard to get the desired sound.

I'd look at a 24x14 or thereabouts. Better to have the headroom and not need it than need it and not have it.
 

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No he didn't.

He started out with two 22", then switched to dual 24" in 1977, then back to a single 22" in 91, then a single 23" in 2006, then double 23" in 2015

He had an 18" on the rear-facing electronic kit, but never on his main "rock" drums

Tim Alexander (Primus) did use dual 18s for "Sailing the Seas of Cheese", before switching to 20" for "Pork Soda"
He never did a rush record. The kit he played pre Rush was double 18in kit which was the kit he auditioned for Rush on
 

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i think i’m leaning away from the idea of a 20/12/14 kit, thanks for all the feed back and experiences. i’m in a weird position as a drummer who idolizes the drummers who idolize jazz, but yet i haven’t quite bridged the gap into idolizing those older jazz players the way i do for the drummers of the 60s and 70s. i think i’ll get a great big ludwig kit instead lol.
 

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i think i’m leaning away from the idea of a 20/12/14 kit, thanks for all the feed back and experiences. i’m in a weird position as a drummer who idolizes the drummers who idolize jazz, but yet i haven’t quite bridged the gap into idolizing those older jazz players the way i do for the drummers of the 60s and 70s. i think i’ll get a great big ludwig kit instead lol.
For Hard Rock you are doing the right thing going bigger . In my opinion …

20/12/14 is fun and can certainly work .

I’m getting a 22/12/13/16 kit so I can “ push more air “
 
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i think i’m leaning away from the idea of a 20/12/14 kit, thanks for all the feed back and experiences. i’m in a weird position as a drummer who idolizes the drummers who idolize jazz, but yet i haven’t quite bridged the gap into idolizing those older jazz players the way i do for the drummers of the 60s and 70s. i think i’ll get a great big ludwig kit instead lol.
14x24,9x13,16x16, 16x18.
Or
14x26,10x14, 16x16, 16x18.
 

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14x24,9x13,16x16, 16x18.
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14x26,10x14, 16x16, 16x18.
I'd say make sure you're really into a 26" bass. It takes some getting used to, and definitely not as versatile as a 24 or 22. I love mine, and I'm having fun with it, but I'm not going to play an R&B gig with it.
 

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I'd say make sure you're really into a 26" bass. It takes some getting used to, and definitely not as versatile as a 24 or 22. I love mine, and I'm having fun with it, but I'm not going to play an R&B gig with it.
I tend to agree. I’ve always felt that 24 is big enough (if one wants to go big or go home), and 26 is overboard. I find a 24 to be more versatile and still fit comfortably in different styles. Something like a 24x14 isn’t that outrageous. Don’t get me wrong, I like Bonham as much as anyone, but I can still get that with the 24.
 

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I'd say make sure you're really into a 26" bass. It takes some getting used to, and definitely not as versatile as a 24 or 22. I love mine, and I'm having fun with it, but I'm not going to play an R&B gig with it.
The thread went from 12-14-20 to "great big ludwig kit" I got excited lol
 

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, but yet i haven’t quite bridged the gap into idolizing those older jazz players the way i do for the drummers of the 60s and 70s.
there's a middle ground there think Jack DeJohnettes single bass multi tom drum sets Elvin Jones' 6 pc Drum sets heck even Bobby Columby's B.- S.&T, chrome 6pc Fibes Drum set... There's Middle bridges
 


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