My 16x16 bass drum: should I cut its depth to 14-5/8" or 11-5/8"?

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My vote also go to the shorter of the two depths. I have a 12x16 Gretsch bass drum and I find it absolutely great for small group jazz. Just ordered a 7x10 tom to compliment my 12 and 14 toms on that kit and will be using the 12 tuned down a bit on small gigs where I need to go by public transport. Micro-bop FTW!
 

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Not to muddy the water, but I just picked up a 14x16 Renown FT that will be converted to a bass. It is a tad heavy sounding (8x10 & 11x13 FT) for the toms. I am tempted to cut it down but it is in great shape, so I will just use diff. heads to lighten it up thud-wise..........having an 12x18 and 12x16 though (both Ludwigs), I would still stick with my initial 11.625" recommendation.
 

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Not to muddy the water, but I just picked up a 14x16 Renown FT that will be converted to a bass. It is a tad heavy sounding (8x10 & 11x13 FT) for the toms. I am tempted to cut it down but it is in great shape, so I will just use diff. heads to lighten it up thud-wise..........having an 12x18 and 12x16 though (both Ludwigs), I would still stick with my initial 11.625" recommendation.
Was thinking of getting a 16x14 Gretsch Renown to use as a bass drum, but Sonor has a brown fade AQ2 16" that's cheaper and already done, so I may go that route...
 

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Was thinking of getting a 16x14 Gretsch Renown to use as a bass drum, but Sonor has a brown fade AQ2 16" that's cheaper and already done, so I may go that route...
I found a 15x16 bass, not a 14x16 in the Sonor AQ2........


I also found a 13x14 bass:

 


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