If the extra inch on the 13 is the issue, not the 22” bass drum itself, you can always just go with a 12x8 rack tom (cheaper than replacing the whole kit), or there are vintage kits with 13x8 toms as the standard size (i.e. Sonor).
+1, I had issues with the Tom height using a 9x13 and swapped it out for the matching 8x12 I have. I play the kit as a 22,12,16, perfect compromise.If the extra inch on the 13 is the issue, not the 22” bass drum itself, you can always just go with a 12x8 rack tom (cheaper than replacing the whole kit), or there are vintage kits with 13x8 toms as the standard size (i.e. Sonor).
That's what I did a few years back when I did a "down-the-road-and-into-the-sunset" assessment of my sunset years. I started playing on a 22k/13,16f (a used Ludwig Super Classic) and then moved on to the 70s multi-tom thing in various configurations/combinations but always with a 22 kick. Around 2005 I did a serious rethink and revision and moved to a 20k/10,12,14 combination which I mainly use as a 4-piece. Although I don't think their onstage footprint is any small than a 22k/13,16f, they do take up less room in the car. I did second guess myself a couple of years ago and also got a 22 & 16 floor tom just in case, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've used those two drums since I got them.No, 13/16/22 is NOT too big. To me, those are THE CLASSIC drum sizes.
But, maybe it's too big for YOU. If you're looking ahead to when you're older, and want easy drums to schlepp, then yeah, smaller drums ARE easier to load and set up.
So, maybe you should sell your vintage drums and replace with a 12/14/20 set.....
Also, keep in mind that after months of looking at and playing smaller drums, your 13/16/22 LOOKS huge, but, if you looked at and played only that kit for eight months, it would look and feel "normal."
For myself, I use my 20" kick 99% of the time. The 18 and 22 haven't been out in over a year. When it's a low money, hard load-in gig, or a rehearsal, I just bring less stuff, no toms, just one cymbal....I don't like 16" bass drums at all....
I have no problems with porting mine - this is my favorite bass drum of all time.My main reason for not using a 13” is they are usually 9
if you are comfortable playing this way, don’t port the head on the 20” I read that the port has an affect on bottom end. On my 20” I have a full head with 3 small holes on each side to let air release. It’s got a good punch and a good bottom end. View attachment 406816
Exactly right. When I was in college (mid-1960s) I saw the Brubeck Quartet in concert. Sat on the front row about three feet from the stage. When it was over, I hopped up on stage and asked Morello to autograph my program. He said, "OK, but first you have to pack up these drums." Needless to say I was thrilled. I also played a set of 13-16-22 Ludwigs, so I could break them down in my sleep. I got my autograph.It wasn't for Joe Morello.