How about 11, 13, 15 toms?

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...if only he could bend a 15" tom....;)
 

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Bringing back an old thread...

The spread between 10-12 is predictable and good, however I've had in mind lately that 10s can be slightly grating when the drum naturally wants to have a higher pitch. Not all 10s are like that, but I've met a few.

To avoid this on a kit I might have made, I'm thinking of going 11-13-15-18 toms and 20 kick. Another kit of mine is 10-13-15-18 (22) and the spread works very well. The 10 on that will go low or high without complaining.

Getting 11" heads won't be a problem. Remo makes 11" ambassadors and could probably whip up an emperor if I wanted, which tend to be the heads I use most.

I don't really have a question but would like to get observations on the sound and tuning interval of an 11" tom among 13s and the like. Any pics of your kits with 11" tom would be cool to see.
 

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That’s pretty cool. Didn’t know 11” toms went that far back, but I might’ve expected they did.
 

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Still have a set of Tama Granstars, originally came 11,13,15 then added an 8 and 18. So it's 8,11,13,15,18. Gorgeously made birch shells. I do not play them anymore but back in the day it was usually always pinstripe batters. They are nice sounding drums.
 

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I love my 12/15/18 toms. 3'' apart each.

A 9'' would finish it off and the 21'' is available in the form of a gong drum (it has a 22'' head though).
 

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Still have a set of Tama Granstars, originally came 11,13,15 then added an 8 and 18. So it's 8,11,13,15,18. Gorgeously made birch shells. I do not play them anymore but back in the day it was usually always pinstripe batters. They are nice sounding drums.
I like Granstars. Always wished they were standard depth. Maybe there were some that I never saw.
 

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I love my 12/15/18 toms. 3'' apart each.

A 9'' would finish it off and the 21'' is available in the form of a gong drum (it has a 22'' head though).
Are you saying there was a 9” tom made? Now that would be a unicorn of a drum.
 

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I think Tama made a 9 as a compliment to the 11 they used to make.
Also, I've seen 9" toms on vintage kits.
Rare as hen's teeth, though.
 

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Still have a set of Tama Granstars, originally came 11,13,15 then added an 8 and 18. So it's 8,11,13,15,18. Gorgeously made birch shells. I do not play them anymore but back in the day it was usually always pinstripe batters. They are nice sounding drums.
Me too - bought them in 1991 when I was in high school. 10, 11, 12, 16. They sound great. And I’ve got a little stock of 11” heads from various clearance sales that should keep me going for the next 20 years.
 

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Coincidentally, there's an 11" Tama Granstar Custom tom on eBay right now. Over the last couple of days, the bidding has increased to more than $500, which I find pretty shocking. Someone must really want to round out their Granstar shell bank.

Hey I saw that post for the Gstar custom 11" rack. I get that they are rare in that dimension but WOW!!! It went for $570 last night. I had put a bid in for $123 that was crushed the very first day!!
 

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Yes, that was a pretty surprising result. I usually see single Granstar Custom toms go for closer to $150-$200. And that seller also had a 12" tom that sold for just $130 - amazing what a difference an inch makes.
 

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Never seen an 11, but have kits with 13/1620 or 22, have an 8x12/12x15 marcher as FT/20, and a few 11x13 FT's on micro bop kits.
 

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Still have a set of Tama Granstars, originally came 11,13,15 then added an 8 and 18. So it's 8,11,13,15,18. Gorgeously made birch shells. I do not play them anymore but back in the day it was usually always pinstripe batters. They are nice sounding drums.
I like Granstars. Always wished they were standard depth. Maybe there were some that I never saw.

Yup, that is the only drawback and the reason I do not play them today. The 13 is way too high off the bass drum ( I'm short ). I used to manage some how.
 

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I like Granstars. Always wished they were standard depth. Maybe there were some that I never saw.

Yup, that is the only drawback and the reason I do not play them today. The 13 is way too high off the bass drum ( I'm short ). I used to manage some how.
Yeah, I find myself trying to get a better more user friendly position for the 13 and 14 inch toms. It's just not doable with that depth. Still love that kit though and I'll never forget the day I got it.
 

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Yes, that was a pretty surprising result. I usually see single Granstar Custom toms go for closer to $150-$200. And that seller also had a 12" tom that sold for just $130 - amazing what a difference an inch makes.
Agreed. I saw his 12inch post as well. He put something else up after the 11 sold as well...Maybe it was the kick drum? I don't recall. I picked up a 12 inch Granstar custom a few months back from a guy in Conn. around the price point you mentioned. I'm trying to sell it now. We'll see what happens.
 


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