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TonyVazquez

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I don't know if you've seen this but an 18" roto tom option is now listed on the Steve Weiss website. They're not yet in stock but since I've not seen this listed before (the largest size they previously listed was 16"), I assume its something that's incoming.

EDIT: This is weird. I just went back on the Steve Weiss website and the 18" rototom that was there yesterday is no longer listed.
Thanks for the heads-up!

Those Stevie 18" rotos come
and go quickly because that size
is rare****
(The actual Remo brand 18" is rarest,
fetching heavy cash in the aftermarket).

****rare ...because many drummers
who use them keep a watchful eye at
Steveweissmusic. They type that roto
in the search box and opt for email
notifications when the 18" becomes
available.

The irony is that roto-toms aren't in
demand as they used to be, especially
the larger sized rotos.
A majority of drummers don't want em
because they sound and look retro,
and their stands look too bulky to fit
anywhere around the drum kit
due to the large floor space their
stands are taking up.
Also, not many roto-tom drummers
are aware that custom adapter mounts
exist, and so they go on thinking that
Remo has never pursued any hardware
upgrades for them.
And another reason why many drummers
don't want roto-toms: they break easy,
because their spokes are made of
some kind of cast iron or aluminum.
Once a spoke breaks, the entire roto
is useless unless a replacement part
can be found in the Used market.

The Stevie roto-toms are cheaper
than the aftermarket Remos; they get
snatched up while the rest of us are
lagging busy bookmarking them. lol

Stevie now has the 12/14 roto set
back in stock.
He will not sell either roto individually
except for the 16" and the 18".
They all come packaged with their
stands and rail bars...

The stands for his roto-toms are much
better than the classic Remo stand
with the aluminum block head mount...

But still, the custom adapter mounts
that are hand made and machined
by private individual parties are so
much better than Stevie's roto mounts.

In any case, Steveweissmusic.com
has the best deal (on rotos) by far.
Meanwhile everyone else is asking
top dollar for larger vintage rotos.
 

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Zombie thread.

I finally got to play and hear my
Roto-toms on stage this past
Friday evening...


... my kick drum and snare drum
were close-mic'ed.
And just one overhead condenser mic.
The result was crisp and punchy.

Roto-tom heads are the Remo
Coated Emperor batter heads
for my 14" and 16" roto-toms.
They're the only roto-toms on
my rack, while my floor tom is
an acoustic wood shell Tama
Rockstar DX 14" hanging floor tom.

As long as I remain consistent in my
tuning whenever I replace new heads
on the roto-toms, and stage mics,
I'll have a good live projective sound
in the mix.
 

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I'm making slow progress with my roto-toms upgrade.
I finally bought the 1" roto-tom mount
from Brian Totten MFG at Reverb...

Remo Rototom Mount Large 2022 Stainless https://reverb.com/item/46447136?ut...are&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=46447136

...the craftsmanship justifies the price of this awesome roto-tom mount.
It's machined from a chunk of solid steel,
and knurled so it fits snug in a multi clamp, V-clamp, and even a cymbal stand base.

I can't wait to install it this week!
So, I'll order 3 more of these mounts for the rest of my roto-toms.

I went for this large mount, because it will support the weight of my large roto-toms, and it will fit all roto-tom sizes; whereas the small mount will not fit a 10" roto-tom.
But you can still use the small mount for other percussive instruments.

This mount is very well professionally designed and made. It's what Remo SHOULD'VE done right in the first place.
But, I'm glad a drummer designed this mount. Because his foresight was (and is) very keen for this product.

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Great thread. Love all the feedback. I'm looking into the Weiss Rototoms. Just confirming that the Brian Totten large mount will thread into the Weiss models with no issues? I'm sure it does, but best to check before buying both products. Also, whats your thoughts on the Weiss Rototoms after having them for a while, setting up, tearing down, changing heads, gigging, etc? Cheers!
 

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Another mount option:
 

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Do any of the other companies make a roto-tom larger than Remo's 14"? I would like to build a new roto-tom kit.
Steve Weiss music has 12-16" roto toms. I just bought the 16" and am happy with it. Will buy the set of 12 & 14" next pay check. Putting together a roto set for fun
 
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A great mounting option.

CNC made by a tech who also works for Danny Carey.

 

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I bought a cheap set of Gannon (not Cannon) Percussion off of eBay. The drums were fine, but the black rail that held them was garbage. If you are looking to save money, I would check out the Cardinal Percussion ones. Those guys are are good dudes who are really making strides with their brands.
 

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I picked up the Weiss set. Working on getting them switched to L-arm mounting. The Weiss track is as good as the Remo track, which is still not very good :).
 

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I've been considering pulling the trigger on a full set of Steve Weiss roto toms but have recently read a number of complaints about fit and finish on FB, including bent tuning rods, rough threads, and flimsy stands. They're quite affordable for a full set but I'm concerned how well they will hold up over time. Does anyone have a long-term report on this line of roto toms?
 


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