If you were to choose/keep 1 drumset, what would it be?

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I like to have the kits I want in the colors I want.....mostly vintage Gretsch (6), Slingy (2), Ludwig (2), and DW (1). I will plan on limiting snares to 40 as I am doing my music room and will have a 40 snare rack but I am pretty close now.

Ideally, I would have a 12/14/18 and a 13/16/22, and with that combo, I can do anything for any given gig.
 

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Interesting responses...
So far it seems like the 12/14/20 is the most favorite configuration. Although lots of kits from 60’s had this configuration, I thought the majority will want a 16” floor. I saw some people’s interest in 12/16/20 configuration though. Also, the 13” tom doesn’t seem like it is very favorable (not sure why), I saw a couple of people even mention a 10” tom but not 13”. It is interesting that the industry standard and generally aknowledged “most versatile” sizes are 13/16/22.
Another observation is that the drum brand was’t a major factor here in the responses, if anyone picked a brand it was because it was a kit in the sizes they have now and it works for them or if they have personal reasons.
I like the compactness and look of a 12/14/20 or 12/14/18 kit but looking at history and what drummers of different genres played, I think the 13/16/22 is the one that can do it all!
 
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Well, they'd be Gretsch Broadkasters.

My tastes have changed over the last couple years. After a couple decades preferring 20" bass drums, I'm back to strongly preferring an 18" for jazz and a 22" for just about everything else. So, I think my ideal kit would be a Broadkaster shell bank, modern hardware, in these sizes:
  • 14x22 bass drum. pre-muffled batter (coated PS 3 or EMAD), reso hole in front
  • 14x18 bass drum. single ply coated heads on both sides on this and all the rest.
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 14x14 floor tom
  • 9x13 tom tom
  • 8x12 tom tom
  • 8x10 tom tom, maybe eventually?
 

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...what is your opinion on this concept? If you were to choose/keep only 1 drum set, what would it be and in what sizes?
...So if you have a few in the same brand in different sizes you're in pretty good shape...
JDA´s hint is excatly how i proceed.
Sticking with my 80th Tama Superstars (mahagony), which been the 2nd kit i ever bought, i expanded it over the years to have a great range available in sizes (regular depth for toms).
Just lacking of a 18" bassdrum and a 20" floor-tom currently (i don´t get my hands on them at any costs). Also started looking for concert toms a while ago but still missing some.
This way i can setup my "only" kit however i want pending on the music, mood, freak-level, whatsoever.
Bought a second Superstar (Super Maple) a couple of years ago when i was gigging intensively to keep this one packed just for the road.
Why a second one of the same you might ask. It´s just my sound and i exactly know what happens when requirements there for a certain sound, thus what heads to choose, how to tune or how to mic it up when recording.

So yep, i stay with just 1 kit... :D
 

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My Sonor SQ2 in medium beech is the drum sound I hear in my mind so that would be the kit I’m keeping. Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 22...is perfection for me.
 
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Easy question to answer as i only have one kit :cry:

Its a 1990's Premier Genista in terraverdi green high gloss. All shells are 6mm under sized - 8x10, 8x12, 10x14, 16x20. Snare is an 80's yamaha brass 14x3 picollo. I am always on the look out for other tom sizes especially a 16" floor tom but would snap up a 13", 15" or 18" and the matching snare too.
 

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  • 14x22 bass drum. pre-muffled batter (coated PS 3 or EMAD), reso hole in front
  • 14x18 bass drum. single ply coated heads on both sides on this and all the rest.
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 14x14 floor tom
  • 9x13 tom tom
  • 8x12 tom tom
  • 8x10 tom tom, maybe eventually?
This is literally exactly what I have but separated into 2 kits with different brands and finishes. But I wanted to keep only 1 set.
Maybe if I add a 12” tom to my 13/16/22 kit I should be fine with anything.
A 14” floor tom is not stronly needed for jazz, is it? Lots of professional guys play 16” floor for big or small venues. Again the 22” bass is also versatile I think but I don’t know if it is too big for jazz.
 

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When we sold our large house, and moved to our retirement cottage, I sold off about half of my drum collection. I now have five drum sets (all are typical one up/one down with matching snares), one cocktail kit, four extra snare drums, several uncompleted project toms and snare drums. The drum sets I kept are all pre 1970 Leedy, Slingerland, and Walberg & Auge sets. The cocktail drums are Gretsch. Each drum set that I kept is configured a little bit differently. (1). 14x22, 9x13, 16 deep x 14 diameter W&A: (2). 14x20, 8x12, 16x16 W&A: ( 3). 14x20, 8x12, 14x14 Slingerland: (4) 16x18, 7x11, 12x16 rescued orphans by Leedy and Slingerland: (5) Gretsch cocktail outfit with long drum, bongo tom, popcorn snare: (6) And, the one drum set that would be the keeper if I were forced to keep only one drum set--This is a pristine 1963 Leedy Black Diamond Pearl set that came to me with drum heads bearing the Henry Adler store stamp. They are configured as 14x20, 9x13, 16x16, and matching Shelly Manne 5x14 snare drum. I would probably also want to keep my "extra" snare drums because of their rarity
 

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if it is from my drums only, id keep my slingerland wmp: 13,16,22 with ludwig 15” supralite snare.
 

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I have only two drum sets. A late 50s-early 60s era Gretsch round badge 12/14/20 with matching 5.5x14 snare and my Ludwig CM shell bank in 12tt/13tt/ 14ft/16ft/20bd/two 22bds, and a 5x14 and a 6.5 x 14 snare all in WMP. I guess I'd opt for the CMs because of the flexibility of setting up just about any size drum set I would ever want to play.
 
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Personally, though, the "shell bank" idea that has been espoused lately makes the most sense of all the schemes we drummers have come up with so far. It just makes economic sense, doesn't it? Plus, it should fulfill all the "GAS" obsessions that we all live with.
Good point, GeeDeeEmm. I'm a "shell banker". I actually have 2 shell banks:
  1. Sonor Prolite in Walnut Brown Burst, 7x10 and 8x12 toms, 12x14, 14x16 and 16x18 floors, and 17x20 and 17x22 bass drums, along with matching 5x14 and 6x14 snares.
  2. Sonor Vintage Series in Natural, 8x12 and 8x13 toms, 12x14 and 14x16 floors, and 14x20, 14x22, and 14x24 bass drums, along with matching 5.75x14 and 6.5x14 snares.
Add to those a largish set of SQ1s, Gretsch Renowns, and 2 sets I'm going to be selling soon, I have more than I need. If I had to pick just one set to keep and let the rest go, it would probably be the Vintages. They are extremely versatile and can do pretty much everything I could ask.

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Not sure if you mean sets we already own or any set. If it's the former I would say my Club Date SE Downbeat. 12-14-20 is gonna work for pretty much anything.
If it's any possible set I would get a Classic Maple also Downbeat sizes.

Agree that a shell bank is better.
 

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I have a shell bank of Yamaha Club Customs which I love. Only missing an 18" kick, and have doubles of some sizes. It does seem like that's stretching the definition of "one kit" in the context of the OP's question though....
If I truly had to keep one kit (say a traditional 4 or 5 piece), I'd probably do 20/12/14/16 or 20/10/12/14. I feel like with heads and tuning you can cover almost any basis in terms of sound and genre with those sizes, and they are compact enough to fit into tight spaces. Would stick with the Club Customs, or if those weren't an option, would probably go for some Yamaha Maple Absolute Hybrids, if the goal were all around versatility.
 


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