Question: How and where do you keep 16 kits? do you have them setup or stored or how do you do it?
I'd like to know because I too would love to collect. So far I'm starting to collect cymbals. In my case I have 1 kit but it's really big. I have a dedicated room in my house for my music but I can't see more than 2 kits set up in the room. My current set takes up a big chunk of the space already. By the way, I too am from South Florida but moved up to the center of the state about 4 years ago.
That's great. I have a garage like that as well but it's already packed. When we bought our house my wife and I agreed on using one of the bedrooms as a dedicated room for my music. So no other room is available (as of now) for my hobby. I will come up with something in the future though. Maybe something like a wooden insulated and air conditioned backyard shed. Maybe a large one that would allow me to consolidate everything in there. Like that I would gain that room back in the house for normal use. Time to start figuring out how to convince my wife that this is a good idea!I have an attached garage that temperature varies from 50 degrees in winter to 85 degrees in summer. I run a dehumidifier and the entire Garage is shelved out....Bass drums along the bottom, next shelf up is floor toms, next is toms....etc. No more room here either....Lol !
Actually if you mic it, a 20" bass drum is plenty good for even a metal gig. Just ask Mark Zonder (formerly Fates Warning); he went from his mega-mondo kit to a 4-piece with a 20" kick and 10 & 13 toms and didn't seem to have any problems.I have five, one I gig/practice with regularly (RC), one for the practice room and recording session (PHX), a bop kit for small acoustic gigs (AHM) and a big kit to rock with (Ludwig 12-16-18-26). The last one is in a band space for my original group, it stays there permanently (Mapex Meridian Maple).
I try to rationalize one more kit, but...I'm actually set. I may buy a cheaper kit for some gigs that have multiple bands and I'm the backline for. I offer because I usually have the better gear of all the drummers on the bill, and I'm not too fussed if you change tom or cymbal angles on me. It's why I prefer Yamaha Drums for these types of things.
As to what kit to sell, although the SCB is 18x22, it's actually the more versatile, imo. IN other words, I can play an acoustic gig with a 22 but I can't play a high energy rock show with an 18 or a 20. The kit I would get selling a kit would be one with a shallower bass drum. 14" depth bass drums are coming back with a vengeance, and us "newbies" are finally figuring out that the old timers in the 50's and 60's actually had it right about drum sizes, as most of our kits are matching sizes from the drums played 50-60 years ago.