Only 2 bass drums...

What is the most versatile pair of drums? (Pick 2)


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Halvorsenb

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I've been thinking about versatility as it pertains to drums. I know everyone likes to ask, "if you could only have one..." But what about 2? Bass drums specifically. 2 bass drums to cover any style that uses a standard drum kit. Jazz, classic rock, metal, pop, country, funk, blah blah blah... Maybe a 20x14 and a 24x14?

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I'd also go 14x20 and 14x24. You can typically get a kick to fake a sound one size bigger or smaller each way with tuning and muffling. Also, certain kicks can just sound bigger (or smaller) than they are. A great example is the vintage Gretsch 22" kicks which can sound almost like the super expensive 18" if you tune them way up. The old Rodgers 14x20 can sound HUGE!!!

Cool topic, at least in my opinion!
 

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Tough choice. If I only had two it would be 18 & 20 but I think 18 & 22 is more versatile. But why two? I like having four different sizes (five if you count the 28”). 16, 18, 20, 22. I have a 24 but it is dismantled Some of these sizes I have multiple depths. That makes a big difference.
 

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Probably a 20 & 24, both 14" deep. Should be able to nail most stuff with that.

From the guy who's only kick is a 40s 26"...
 

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If i was gigging i would go with the 14 x 20. Since i am not my 16 works fine.
 

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Depends on the range of styles. 20" would be my number one pick, since I play mostly jazz and low-volume gigs these days. Number two right now would be an 18" for that boingy post-bop sound (not really the same with a tight 20"), but if I played more pop gigs, it would be 22". Not sure I would like to have to choose between 18" and 22", 20" is just right for a lot of things I do.
I don't own anything larger, but yeah, if you get called to record Bonham-style beats, 24" or larger might be in order (keep in mind though he used a 22 on the first Zep record). So, 20" and 24" is an interesting choice for a really wide range of sounds and styles, but wouldn't be my pick at the moment.
 

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18 and 20 already cover all my needs, except I never use the 20. The 18 is a Sonor Phonic, and it handles funk/rock tuning really well.
 

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22 is the one for me. I only have 3 kits, and they all have 22’s.
 

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My initial thought was 20 and 24. 18 and 22 could be pretty versatile, but I think the 20 and 24 could do more.
 

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There's something about a real well built 14x18 you can pummel it. Over-lord it. Rev it to redline

Bigger drum gonna take more energy
 

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