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- Aug 7, 2005
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- Jeannette, Pa.
@Browny 16 would be the main floor. I have an 18 and love it for the low end. If I were to have a 20 bass, then the 14 makes more sense to add. But with the 22, I am leaning 16/18. Its familiar, known and I can tune them with good separation. I appreciate all the feedback and inputDo you want the 16" to be the main floor tom or the one you reach back every now and then to get the bigger sound? I figure if you're planning on having on the drums set up, the first floor is probably going to get hit easily double that of the second one.
That being said, the 12-14-16 thing can be cool, and the 13-16 thing is classic (as is the 12-13-16 too, perhaps to a slightly lesser extent). 12-13-14-16 all feels very close, how much separation are you going to get between the first 3? That being said, I think Carter McLean has a few videos up of his Classic Maples with 10-12-13-14-16 and a 22 (or something like that) and they sounded great so...
Personally I'd go 16-18 with the 22". If you had a 20" then I'd probably suggest 14-16.
Back in the 80's I had 22/12/13/14/16/14x5 and never regretted it.First time throwing a topic on the DF - This is self-centered, as I am going to be buying a new Legacy Classic set with 12" & 13" toms and 22" bass, just debating on whether to go with 14" and 16" floor toms or sticking with my regular 16" and 18" configuration. I have had a 15" and 16" combo in the past (DW) and struggled with getting a satisfactory tone out of the 15", but I do like the 'compact-ness' and smaller configurations that a 14/16 combo presents.
Can anyone out there who pays a mix of rock/funk/jazz provide a POV on going either way with this?
For clarity, the current build plan is:
Current set-up to be replaced is below (1970)
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Thanks Elvis...I agree, lots of combinations that a 14" contributes to the mix...But I am trying to NOT create a shell bank, which I feel I am on the verge of doing, as I really like having the 18". Plus, if I need a BOP kit size kit...i can always add to the collection later...Back in the 80's I had 22/12/13/14/16/14x5 and never regretted it.
Smaller floor toms are easier to pack around and gives you the option of the two classic tom setups; 12/14 & 13/16.
14" floor in the first position allows the "drum choir" effect with a 14" snare drum, when doing build-up's.
Lastly, it allows you to build a small "bop/coffee house" rig as a 16/12/14 set up.
Unless you're playing monster butt rock ONLY, you won't miss the 18.