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.