Power toms!!!

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Anyone remember the Pearl CZX drums? Originally offered in a beautiful champagne finish and "square size" power toms. BIG and heavy drums!
The pictures were from a one-time poster at VDF who was trying to sell them.

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I was geeking out on drums a lot back then :)
Same here. I have a crazy brochure collection from around that time that I used to just look through over and over, memorizing stats and features, haha.
 

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Speaking of powertoms, in 1980 I ordered this wacky-big Classic Maple kit for a Canadian tour.
Sizes were:
14x15
15x16
16x18
18x20
16x24
16x24

Nope, not very ergonomic (or sensible!) but the BIG drum fad was in it's infancy and I just HAD to have me some Power toms, Lol.

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I'm not a fan of power toms because of the set-up, but every time I play-out my old power-size Yamaha Stage Series I get complements. I think they're a great set to play live, especially not miked, except the bass and maybe one overhead.
 

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Last year I picked up an early Tama Rockstar in 12, 13, 16, 22 and the toms are power sizes, for a gig kit for a band that didn't end up reforming. Anyway, I doubt I'd want to play them 2up 1down, but as a 4 piece, I can get the 12 off to side and down enough to be quite comfortable. I like them, particularly the vintage cream colour that they have faded to, and they sound great. They are in cases waiting patiently for me to start playing out again... might be a while though, sort of lost the urge. Like the drums though. And as a 4 piece the power toms are fine.

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I had a Tama Granstar kit, 16x22, 11x12, and 14x15. Loved playin that kit, seemed the more I layed into the toms, they just kept soundin better.
 

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Yes, I am a big power tom fan. I use a 22” bass drum and sit with the throne very high, so positioning 12x10 and 14x12 toms is not as issue for me.
 

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I don't know how deep they have to be to be considered power toms but I don't think my Signias are the normal depth.

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I don't know how deep they have to be to be considered power toms but I don't think my Signias are the normal depth.

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"Power" toms (at least back when the term was in its infancy) typically refers to drums where the depth is 2" less than the diameter - 12x10, 13x11, 14x12, etc. - or deeper.
 

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This was the DW I had and had besides the 8x8 and 10x9 a 12x10 tom and to mu surprise, it was actually very doable for me with my 5,4:
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And this was my RCT with 10x10 and 12x10:
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The sound of these deep sizes are what toms are about, just to bad they are so... deep.
 

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When I play in my doom metal band, I use a Sonor Force 1000 kit with 12x10 and 11x13 rack toms sitting on top of a 22" bass drum.

In my 90's cover band I play a Tama Granstar kit with 11x13 rack.

For big band and RnB....standard sizes ( 8x12, 9x13, etc...)
 

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When I play in my doom metal band, I use a Sonor Force 1000 kit with 12x10 and 11x13 rack toms sitting on top of a 22" bass drum.

In my 90's cover band I play a Tama Granstar kit with 11x13 rack.

For big band and RnB....standard sizes ( 8x12, 9x13, etc...)
That Granstar should be 12x13. Tama power toms were 1" deeper than most other companies at the time.
 
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It took me a while to figure out how to tune deeper "power" toms. I was young and stupid. But with a little more tension on the heads you can really get a 10x12 and 11x13 to sound great, possible even fuller or meatier than their shallower counterparts. IMHO.
 

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RIP Vinnie. I guess tilting them way back is a way to engage a power tom so you don't need a hi chair. I don't think I've even tried tilting them that far back. When they're above the kick, they are a little high for me. I still play them OK but it's another reason for the 4 piece with the off center power tom.

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Discussion of sound aside, power toms suck from a positioning standpoint. Put a power 12 and 13 above a 22 and you're reaching for the moon to hit one of those! I have ergonomics issues with that, and I'm friggin 6'2"! Fuhhgettaboutit! Gimme a 20" and a nicely placed 8x12 sitting with just a slight angle any day. Ergonomics!
 


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