Lightest set of 18/14/12 out there?

drumtimejohn

Very well Known Member
Joined
Feb 12, 2016
Messages
1,499
Reaction score
309
I was reading that Treehouse has compact 18/14/11 nesting kits around 30lbs. Their site lists weights for each configuration.

 

f.stahlenius

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 17, 2016
Messages
75
Reaction score
34
I have owned several Sakae Trilogy kits and they are definitely on the lighter side. Heard the same about INDE.
 

"poppies"

DFO Veteran
Joined
Jun 23, 2012
Messages
1,743
Reaction score
229
Location
Los Angeles
How about the Oriollo aluminium shells? Have recently become available in 18”.

Vukan would need to give you the actual weights, but I imagine they’d be quite light.
Oriollo aluminum drums are crazy light, another good option if they have the sound you're seeking.
 

Frank Godiva

Very well Known Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2017
Messages
805
Reaction score
482
Location
SF Bay Area
My SonorLite bop is certainly lighter then my Phonic inside out rosewood bop, but the hardwear still makes her a bit hefty.

Polar opposite, I had another rosewood inside out bop with the internal verticle double muffler system that was heavier then most 22s.
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
 
Last edited:

BennyK

DFO Star
Joined
Aug 6, 2008
Messages
14,661
Reaction score
1,651
My Tempus carbon fiber 12,14,20 are pretty light, and I would like to replace all the mounting hardware with Inde stuff to make them even lighter. Hard to imagine anything lighter.
Light to carry, heavy sound . Match those up with the new Yamaha aluminum stands and they're effortless to hump around . Monolith Fiber Drums ( Gerry Mercer) out of Toronto are even lighter .
 

drummertom

Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jan 20, 2010
Messages
2,747
Reaction score
428
Location
Boston
another vote for INDe. My 24“ INDe kick drum is lighter than all of my 20” kicks.
 

MillerMav

Very well Known Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2015
Messages
637
Reaction score
156
Location
Michigan
I'll throw another vote in the ring for INDe. I have a 20/10/15 kit that weighs so little, it's very shocking. I have Josh building me a 18/12/15 kit as we speak for gigging which I'm sure will be a bit lighter still.
 

Griener

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2010
Messages
70
Reaction score
63
Location
Berlin
I'll throw another vote in the ring for INDe. I have a 20/10/15 kit that weighs so little, it's very shocking. I have Josh building me a 18/12/15 kit as we speak for gigging which I'm sure will be a bit lighter still.
Will that 18/12/15 be a nesting kit? perfect sizes for that.
 

Slingwig26

Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2015
Messages
17
Reaction score
10
Location
massachusetts
I was wondering if anyone knows a standard bop kit out there (18/14/12 modern or vintage and any brand) that is noticeably lighter compared to other kits. There are of course several factors that go into this such as rims used on the drums, hardware, thickness of the shells, thickness of the plies (don’t think this is standard), etc.
I want to know what would be the lightest bop kit that can be carried around easier. My 18x14 6ply maple bass drum feels heavier than my 22x14 3ply Mahogany.
please consider any brand out there new or used and any type of drums. Thanks!
I have a great kit and very light. From around 2009, a Ludwig Epic Jazzette in Attic White lacquer. Included a 5x13 snare also. Used as practice kit and then became main gig kit due to portability. I even added ludwig diamond bass drum mounting bracket with single tom holder and a Gibraltar shell mount cymbal holder. If you can find one, I recommend it.
 

ericmacknight

Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2017
Messages
7
Reaction score
2
Location
Oregon
I was wondering if anyone knows a standard bop kit out there (18/14/12 modern or vintage and any brand) that is noticeably lighter compared to other kits. There are of course several factors that go into this such as rims used on the drums, hardware, thickness of the shells, thickness of the plies (don’t think this is standard), etc.
I want to know what would be the lightest bop kit that can be carried around easier. My 18x14 6ply maple bass drum feels heavier than my 22x14 3ply Mahogany.
please consider any brand out there new or used and any type of drums. Thanks!
Most of the weight is in the metal. Whitney drums have no lugs. 100% birch. I own a kit. Awesome drums. http://www.whitneydrums.com
 

Marty Black

Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2014
Messages
5
Reaction score
3
Location
Central Coast, CA
I don't have any weights to quote you, since my lightweight kit is in my band's practice room (in the next town), but a Gretsch Catalina Club kit is extremely light. Made in Taiwan and inexpensive. A few years ago, they were being advertised as being made of mahogany, but that can't be. The wood is very light colored and the drums are a pleasure (for old backs) to carry around. I replaced the original heads and the kit sounds great! If there is a Guitar Center or drum store near you, lift up one of those Catalina Club kits and let your back decide! Good luck! MB
 

boomalleydrums

New Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2013
Messages
1
Reaction score
2
Location
Mpls
I was wondering if anyone knows a standard bop kit out there (18/14/12 modern or vintage and any brand) that is noticeably lighter compared to other kits. There are of course several factors that go into this such as rims used on the drums, hardware, thickness of the shells, thickness of the plies (don’t think this is standard), etc.
I want to know what would be the lightest bop kit that can be carried around easier. My 18x14 6ply maple bass drum feels heavier than my 22x14 3ply Mahogany.
please consider any brand out there new or used and any type of drums. Thanks!
Hi- Check our Boom Alley Drums on Facebook. I can build you drums with aluminum CHs, Boom Alley high-strength composite lugs, Boom Alley EZ Nubs fixed to the BD CH’s. I can also integrate truly suspended toms and the bass drum. And if you pick toms 3 inches apart in diameter I can build a nestable kit. One bag! Contact me at dave@boomalleydrums.com.
 

Jazzhead

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 30, 2015
Messages
376
Reaction score
64
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Air drums are pretty light..or those air stick things that make a drum sound when waved around...
bt
Yea they are pretty light to lift, I agree but after some time playing your hands start hurting instead of your back from lifting it.
 

Elvis

The King of Rock'n'Roll
Joined
Aug 5, 2005
Messages
12,317
Reaction score
1,021
Location
Poulsbo, Wa.
Jazzhead,

Have you come to any conclusions yet?
If not, are you at least "zeroing" in on anything(s) in particular?


Elvis
 

Jazzhead

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 30, 2015
Messages
376
Reaction score
64
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Jazzhead,

Have you come to any conclusions yet?
If not, are you at least "zeroing" in on anything(s) in particular?


Elvis
I just wanted to know if the drums I have are considered light and how heavy/light other brand/models are. I wasn’t going to get a new kit now. However, it is good to know for future reference.
 


Top