Poll: What Size Bass Drum do you Prefer?

What size (diameter) Kick drum do you feel most comfotable playing?

  • Smaller than 18"

    Votes: 3 1.6%
  • 18"

    Votes: 12 6.4%
  • 20"

    Votes: 66 35.3%
  • 22"

    Votes: 73 39.0%
  • 24"

    Votes: 25 13.4%
  • Bigger than 24"

    Votes: 8 4.3%

  • Total voters
    187

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Simple question. What size Bass drum do you prefer?

I ask because for the past few months I have been playing a 20". My first 20" BD by the way... and I really like it.

My other kits are 22" and I, just today, pulled down the 20" Slingerland and set up the 22" Pearl.

Wow! it feels huge. I'll keep it set up for a few weeks and see how this evolves.

So what it your favorite?

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mattmalloy66

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I played a 22" for years, then I bought a vintage Rogers kit with a 20.
I have 18", 20", and 22" drums.
20" is perfect for me. Sounds great and the 12" tom is at a better height for me.
 
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I play a 20" but have played 18", 22" and 24" as well over my 50 years of playing drums. They each have their place. That said the heads and tuning needs to change for each size. If you are going to go wide open with just maybe a felt strip on the heads of a 22", you gotta come to a completely different way of playing the pedal versus how you play the pedal of a muffled bass drum. It's all good and one should try them all over the years and make the necessary adjustments to optimize your sound. I will say this though, I don't miss playing a 24" anymore. It's too big and I don't gig the venues that require that size any longer. I used to have the Ludwig fiber dog-house case for it with the metal side handles so it really took up alot of space in the car or truck.
 

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Currently, I've got three 20's and two 18's, but I use the 20's more, so that's where my vote went.
 

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20 x 14 is my preferred bass drum size . It can cover anything I would probably do these days . My second favourite size is 24 x 14 . I love moving all that air !!
 

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My go-to is a 24 (TWO of 'em if I'm feeling frisky).
Smaller rooms, or quieter music, I jump down to a twenty. I have a matching 22, but tend to not use it.

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My first kit (and many others that followed) all had 22” bass drums. About 15 years ago I picked up a Premier Genista kit that had two 18x24 kicks. I sold one and kept the other and started playing 12/16/24 and it stuck with me. There’s something about the feel & sound of that size drum that works really well for me.

I still have a good amount of 22’s and a couple of 20’s but the 20’s hardly everyone go out of the house.
 

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20, I’ll say.

I’ve got two of differing wood and depths.

I play a 22 in the studio for boom and have an 18 for tight and tiny.

But the 20 is my Goldilocks.

When the Three Bears come home there is no need to cut and run. Such a sweet thump with the 20 they plug in their instruments and the porridge is sweet.

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My first kit (and many others that followed) all had 22” bass drums. About 15 years ago I picked up a Premier Genista kit that had two 18x24 kicks. I sold one and kept the other and started playing 12/16/24 and it stuck with me. There’s something about the feel & sound of that size drum that works really well for me.

I still have a good amount of 22’s and a couple of 20’s but the 20’s hardly everyone go out of the house.
I have been playing 20s for 20 years. However, I recently started playing a 24. It’s a different animal and I am loving learning how to play it.
However, It all comes down to what the music requires. I own 20, 22 and 24 bass drums.
 
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My favorite is my 26” but my most versatile is a 22”. I really need to spend some time on a 24”
 

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For me:
12x22 (daxdad) or 18x 12 or 14 for the ease of travel

20x14 or 15 for the same reason but with power.

22x16 as main allrounder.

24x14 or 16 for rock and/or if you have a roady.
 
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For me, best all around has proven to be a 22" - more specifically a 22x14 or 22x16

I used a 20" for many years - but then bumped into clients asking for something that could provide a bit more weight.

Switched to using a 22" as my go-to, my "can bring to any session, any gig, whether I know what we are playing or not" and it will work size. And so far it has worked with no one ever again saying that they wished that I had brought something else.
 

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I'd say 22".....but it has to be a 12x22. Never had a use for a depth deeper than 14" on any bass drum.

If not that, then probably a 20".
 

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I've used 24 , 20 , 18 , but the the most dependable has been 22x14 with a thin shell design .
 

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I voted 22” but I’m playing a wedding gig tonight with a jazz/blues instrumental guitarist. The kit for the evening is my Odery Custom Shop in 10/14/18.
 

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Like Dave Crigger says above, for me a 14x22 can do everything well. But for loud, heavy music I'm bringing out my Ludwig Classic kit with its two 16x26 bass drums.
 


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