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

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Shell bank idea is great but that’s not one drum set.
If you have enough drums to switch around configuartions then you really have more than 1 drum set but all in same brand and same finish.
I meant 1 configuration only (4 piece, 5 piece, or something that was standard in the brand’s catalogue) and maybe brand if you are very loyal to one specific brand.
 

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Tell that to Neil Peart or Dave Weckl. :D

I guess this underscores the definitional problem of “one kit,” right? To me, a shell bank would be a single kit if it’s assembled with the goal of interchangeability. I can very easily imagine using any of these configuration:

12/14/18
10/12/14/18
12/13/14/18
12/13/14/16/18
12/16/22
13/16/22
12/13/16/22
10/12/16/22
10/12/14/22
10/12/14/16/22
10/13/16/22
12/13/14/16/22
10/13/16 (as bd)

All of those are configurations that I’ve seen and many of which I’ve used. But if the goal is really just to always play either 12/14/18 or 13/16/22, then I would think of that as two kits




Shell bank idea is great but that’s not one drum set.
If you have enough drums to switch around configuartions then you really have more than 1 drum set but all in same brand and same finish.
I meant 1 configuration only (4 piece, 5 piece, or something that was standard in the brand’s catalogue) and maybe brand if you are very loyal to one specific brand.
 

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Tell that to Neil Peart or Dave Weckl. :D

I guess this underscores the definitional problem of “one kit,” right? To me, a shell bank would be a single kit if it’s assembled with the goal of interchangeability. I can very easily imagine using any of these configuration:

12/14/18
10/12/14/18
12/13/14/18
12/13/14/16/18
12/16/22
13/16/22
12/13/16/22
10/12/16/22
10/12/14/22
10/12/14/16/22
10/13/16/22
12/13/14/16/22
10/13/16 (as bd)

All of those are configurations that I’ve seen and many of which I’ve used. But if the goal is really just to always play either 12/14/18 or 13/16/22, then I would think of that as two kits
I really can’t see how someone can call a shell bank 1 kit. I don’t think it’s 1 kit, again you got bunch of drums that you switch around to create your “Standard” drum set for your purpose, whether you play jazz, rock or anything else on that day.
So my question is what would that standard kit be if you were to choose only 1 standard drum set so you could cover all genres that you might or you might not play.
 

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My 26 piece playable shell bank. This kit isn't going anywhere. Still consider Saturn III's one of the best kits ever made.
8 x 3, 8 x 4, 8 x 5, 8 x 6, 8 x 7, 8 x 8, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, 13 x 10, 14 x 12, 15 x 13, 15 x 13, 16 x 14, 18 x 16 toms.
10, 12, 13 timbale's
18 x 16, 18 x 16, 22 x 17, 22 x 18, 22 x 20, 22 x 20 bass drums
10 x 8, 13 x 5.5, 14 x 5 snare drums.

 

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I only have one kit, so that makes it really easy.

17 x 22
9 x 10
9 x 12
14 x 14

The 10" pretty much isn't getting used, but 22/12/14 seems to do the trick. I'd love to add a 16 at some point though.
 

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I really can’t see how someone can call a shell bank 1 kit. I don’t think it’s 1 kit, again you got bunch of drums that you switch around to create your “Standard” drum set for your purpose, whether you play jazz, rock or anything else on that day.
So my question is what would that standard kit be if you were to choose only 1 standard drum set so you could cover all genres that you might or you might not play.
Then you need to define those parameters. What "defines" one standard drum kit? One mounted, one floor? Two mounteds? Two floors? One bass drum or two?

As Bandit pointed out, his "shell bank" is actually one drum set for him, because he plays it as one set.
 

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My 26 piece playable shell bank. This kit isn't going anywhere. Still consider Saturn III's one of the best kits ever made.
8 x 3, 8 x 4, 8 x 5, 8 x 6, 8 x 7, 8 x 8, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, 13 x 10, 14 x 12, 15 x 13, 15 x 13, 16 x 14, 18 x 16 toms.
10, 12, 13 timbale's
18 x 16, 18 x 16, 22 x 17, 22 x 18, 22 x 20, 22 x 20 bass drums
10 x 8, 13 x 5.5, 14 x 5 snare drums.

I'm guessing that the Mapex collection doesn't go anywhere because of transporting problems, stage space, the time and effort to set it up and tear it down, and finding other musicians who want to share a stage with them. The drums, however, do make an nice conversation display in your home or barn or basement or rental studio.
 

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My 26 piece playable shell bank. This kit isn't going anywhere. Still consider Saturn III's one of the best kits ever made.
8 x 3, 8 x 4, 8 x 5, 8 x 6, 8 x 7, 8 x 8, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, 13 x 10, 14 x 12, 15 x 13, 15 x 13, 16 x 14, 18 x 16 toms.
10, 12, 13 timbale's
18 x 16, 18 x 16, 22 x 17, 22 x 18, 22 x 20, 22 x 20 bass drums
10 x 8, 13 x 5.5, 14 x 5 snare drums.

Mapex needs this photo for an ad!
 

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I'm guessing that the Mapex collection doesn't go anywhere because of transporting problems, stage space, the time and effort to set it up and tear it down, and finding other musicians who want to share a stage with them. The drums, however, do make an nice conversation display in your home or barn or basement or rental studio.
LOL!

Even my XP8 Rogers Londoner 7 doesn't go anywhere because of "transporting problems, stage space, the time and effort to set up and tear down, and finding other musicians who want to share a stage with them."

Some lounge stages today are sized for standing room only for three musicians.
 

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Hahaha I think the guys who like the shell bank idea and own a shell bank do not want to understand what I mean.

A standard kit is a kit that can be found in manufacturers drum set line up or anything very close to the traditional setups that have been around for many years. This can be the same model/finish in different “Standard” configurations. It is valid to say my drum set has million pieces and i have one drum of every size and I use this as my standard kit, therefore I have 1 kit. Ohh okay nice but will you bring this kit to that small cafe that we will be playing some jazz? No you won’t because you can’t. So this is not your standard kit.
Now, what is your preferred standard configuration that you can play anything on?
 
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Sorry not to follow what you're asking for exactly. There's a thread that already asks, how minimal could your equipment be and you could still perform. So if this thread doesn't allow for shell banks, then I'm not sure how it asks for anything different than the other thread?

I assumed this thread was going to force some of the collectors to tell why they would choose their Rogers over their Slingerlands or whatever, and I was kind of eager to read how those responses would come. But if Neil Peart happens to chime in, even there, I'd love to hear why he prefers his early 80s candy apple Tamas over his R40 Tour DWs.

Bandit, if you had to choose one set from your barn, which set would it be?
 

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Re: shell bank vs one kit...?

What makes it a shell bank?

Although I already answered, I am curious why there is a side discussion on this?

I have a Tama Starclassic Performer that has runs-8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22. I don't normally play the full kit out or ise it to record-but I have used it. I have also broken it up and used it as a five piece (two up one down AND one up two down), 4 piece (10/12/14 OR 12/16 OR 14/16)..."etc. etc. etc."

ONE kit....MANY faces.....

"Dear Abby...am I breaking any rules?"

Lol
 

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HA! I bet Mapex has a poster of Bandit up on their wall :) !!!!!
 

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Sorry not to follow what you're asking for exactly. There's a thread that already asks, how minimal could your equipment be and you could still perform. So if this thread doesn't allow for shell banks, then I'm not sure how it asks for anything different than the other thread?

I assumed this thread was going to force some of the collectors to tell why they would choose their Rogers over their Slingerlands or whatever, and I was kind of eager to read how those responses would come. But if Neil Peart happens to chime in, even there, I'd love to hear why he prefers his early 80s candy apple Tamas over his R40 Tour DWs.

Bandit, if you had to choose one set from your barn, which set would it be?
Maybe my initial post wasn’t clear enough and that’s why this discussion got directed to the shell bank vs 1 kit discussion but I tried to explain that I understand what shell bank is and the felxibility it brings to you but my question was about something else. Your assumption was closer to my intentions.
 
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14x20, 12, 14, 13 snare. 20 over 22 is visual. I don't wanna have the same size bass drum as everyone else (and my car is too small for a 24). The 13" snare is because when I was first learning to play, I bought the cheapest snare I saw that sounded good, and it was a Pearl 13" steel piccolo and I got used to it. I'm currently playing an Acrolite, but looking forward to downsizing when I get the chance (a little more depth than before, though).
 
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I'm guessing that the Mapex collection doesn't go anywhere because of transporting problems, stage space, the time and effort to set it up and tear it down, and finding other musicians who want to share a stage with them. The drums, however, do make an nice conversation display in your home or barn or basement or rental studio.
I think what many don't understand when they see a big kit like this, is that some people just like to have a big kit to play at home. This kit gets played every week, and it is a blast. Not every kit you have gets taken out to be played some where.
 

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Sorry not to follow what you're asking for exactly. There's a thread that already asks, how minimal could your equipment be and you could still perform. So if this thread doesn't allow for shell banks, then I'm not sure how it asks for anything different than the other thread?

I assumed this thread was going to force some of the collectors to tell why they would choose their Rogers over their Slingerlands or whatever, and I was kind of eager to read how those responses would come. But if Neil Peart happens to chime in, even there, I'd love to hear why he prefers his early 80s candy apple Tamas over his R40 Tour DWs.

Bandit, if you had to choose one set from your barn, which set would it be?
The white Saturn III, all day long. They have the sound I like best. I also love the versatility of the tom mounts, and lack of holes in the shells.
 

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HA! I bet Mapex has a poster of Bandit up on their wall :) !!!!!
Unfortunately it might be a most wanted poster. We haven't always seen eye to eye, and I have been one of their fussiest customers.
 


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