Size Conundrum - 14" & 16" floors or 16" & 18" floors?

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I played the 16/18 combo for a couple years. Takes up a lot of space. Now that I've tried 14 floor toms I love those more. Of the 3.....I choose the 14 first. It's just a purer and more musical drum to my ears. At that point, you pick either of the 16 or 18.
I like the idea of 14/18 mentioned earlier. It is hard to get the 16 and 18 to spread properly. In the mix they can sound almost the same.......one of my concerns in the past.
 
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Do 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.
 

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Do 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.
@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 input
 

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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:
8x12
9x13
16x16
16x18
or 14x14

Thanks Forum...
Current set-up to be replaced is below (1970)
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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.

Elvis
 
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14x22 - 8x12 8x14 14x14 16x16
Premier 71 I had.

the 8x14 to the 14x14 wasn't always that great
 

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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.

Elvis
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...
 

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15x16" & 16x18"

I like 15" deep 16" floor toms, find them easier to tune.

To the original question; personally I find a 14" to small as a main floor tom except for jazz gigs or something where low frequencies or power is not required. I do have one though but I set up 16" 14", the 14" as my second floor tom. Why? I have better access to the 16" as my main floor tom and it sounds better with the 14" at it´s side.
 

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Get 'em all! Who wants a "set" when ya can get a "bank"....
Sorry 'bout that.....now you need another BD or three....
Nice kit in the pic btw!!!! By "replacing" are you selling the old(er)ones?
Besides I thought everyone was "self centered" here anyway...;)
Well actually off center.....but I can only speak for myself.....there ya go.
bt
 

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What kind of shape is your back in? Any shoulder issues? Anymore, that’s a consideration for me. I don’t think, barring a miracle, that I will ever go with a 16/18 setup again just for the fact that my right shoulder is hit and miss and my lower back can go into spasms that make any kind of lateral movement dicey. At that point, even a 14/16 can be a stretch.
Good back? 16/18 all the way! I’ve had three kits with that floor configuration and love the low end of the 18.
 


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