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hsosdrum

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I think if you would have kept it 2-up 2-down
you would have been Ok..
Actually it's the second bass drum that matters the most, and that's what wouldn't fit into my car. Back then I was using 16x26 bass drums; in 2013 I switched to 14x22s.
 

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when people PAY MONEY to see you play you better not be lazy ! THEY are paying your rent ! Maybe they should only pay half the ticket price if thats all they feel like paying. A small stage is a different situation.
 

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4 piece bop kit, two rides, a crash and hi-hat. Does all I need it to do and fits anywhere I am likely to play with a trio. For duo gigs, I will leave the toms and and use one ride only ...keeping snare and hi-hat.
 

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My kit keeps shrinking/growing/shrinking/growing. I had the big 9 pc double bass kit in high school which then became the typical 90's 3 up/ 2 down (8/10/12/14/16) on a three sided rack. Dabbled with the double kicks again for a brief period of time in my last original band, then landed in cover band world about 14 years ago and it went down to 12/16/24 for a few years when I was in a top 40 country band. That kit evolved into 13/16/18/24 until I joined a classic rock cover band, then I swapped the 13 for a 10 & 12. Now it depends on which kit I want to take with me, only one of them has the option of multiple floor toms so I sometimes end up with 10/12/16 and when I'm feeling really lazy I'll leave the 10 at home and get creative as to how to play Rush on a 4pc kit. =)
 

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Sure! Some years ago, my band was booked into a club, and it snowed heavily that day. I called the club and they were going to be open, so we had to get there. I knew I wasnt going to mess with a full drum set in car services, etc in the snow, so I packed up a snare, hi hat, crash ride and throne, into two small cases and headed out. It worked just fine. I concentrated on providing a strong beat with minimal fills. Everyone was happy.
 

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My preferred setup is a 4 piece with two crashes, ride, and hats, so that's what I bring to gigs. Add in a few extra minutes for setting up my mixer and mics and everything is set up in 20 minutes from the car to the first beat.
 

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Exact setup every gig. I don't have anything I don't need and play everything in the set on every gig.
 

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Depends on which band I’m playing with. Most of the time its a 4piece kit with 2 crashes, hats and ride. One band I use a hybrid kit with electronic pads and another may have an xtra snare with x-hats. My country gig was kick and snare with hats,crash and ride. Maybe a floor tom if I wanted to get crazy
 


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