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

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Thanks ALL for the support, guidance, pushing for all 3 floor toms, and caring for my personal 'carrying capacity'. All great points and advice. I am going to go with the 16/18's. I just played the 16/18 combo upstairs and they sound and feel awesome - not going to add more to the chaos than I need to.
@halldorl your post the other month with the concert toms pushed me over the edge, and I will be ordering 7x8 and 8x10's as well!
@JDA and @mebeatee, yes, the 1970's in the photo are for sale. located in the Seattle area, if anyone is interested. have not put them on Reverb or DF, as not really wanting to pack and ship. So if anyone is local and interested, give me a shout.
 

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Ha! I just noticed you're in Issaquah!
What's the name of the bar with the big moose head inside?....the Union Tavern, right?
Man, Issaquah....that brings back some memories.
Do they still do the rod runs at the triple X in the summer? That place used to be a Hot Rod MECCA.
 

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Ha! I just noticed you're in Issaquah!
What's the name of the bar with the big moose head inside?....the Union Tavern, right?
Man, Issaquah....that brings back some memories.
Do they still do the rod runs at the triple X in the summer? That place used to be a Hot Rod MECCA.
Hey, yeah they do, seems like almost every weekend when it doesnt rain there is some sort of meet-up at the XXX.
As for the moose head...rolling log tavern perhaps or the gas lamp?

Poulsbo...love it over there. stay dry!
 

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Hey, yeah they do, seems like almost every weekend when it doesnt rain there is some sort of meet-up at the XXX.
As for the moose head...rolling log tavern perhaps or the gas lamp?

Poulsbo...love it over there. stay dry!
I'll have to search it out on Google maps. I'll PM you,
We'll have to hook up some time. Would love to jam on your kit.
L8R! :D

Elvis
 

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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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I never liked 14 FTs. Always too thin. I love 15s. I have also started using a 14 rack with 16 and 18 floor Tom. The 18 makes me happy every time I hit it.

If I can only have one FT, it will be a 15. If I can have two, 16 and 18. Good luck!
 
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I have 14/16/18 and they all have their place. The 14 gets used the least, so my go-to setup is 16/18 on floor toms.
If the stars had been aligned I would have gone 15/18. Much more versatile in my opinion.
 

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My vote is for the 16 and 18. I think you should go with a 16x14 instead of 16x16 though...
 

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I have always been a 10/12/14/16 player. I had an 18 for a while but just didn’t really ever use it. In fact, I quite often don’t use my 16, though I love the sound. I can make a 14 sound huge enough. I’m laughing at the “thin” comments.
My recently purchased Gretsch RN2 kit is 10/12/14/16... but someday I’d love to add a 13/16/18 Ludwig kit with a 24 or 26, just to have a deeper rock kit.
It’s only money, right?!
 

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I'd go with the 16 and 18 for a 22/12/13 set, but don't think you'd go wrong either way

I had a couple kits with 18s and sold 'em in the last 5-10 years... it was nice to have the option of an 18, but can't say I've really missed 'em. I never really liked hauling both floors around and 16 was the sweeter spot for me for most applications.

there is something about hitting an 18 on a big open stage tho... BOOM.

main kits now are 18/12/14 and 20/10/12/14/16, but I usually only play a 4 pc out with a 12/14 or 12/16.

I actually miss having a good 13 over an 18, gonna add one to my renown kit one of these days.
 

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If you’re simply asking for opinions on 14” vs 18” I’d go for the 14”. I have a set of Mapex Saturns, 24, 14, 16, 18, and I never use the 18”. Just too darn big. I also don’t like 14”s.... usually too small, but I can at least put it to the left of my hi hat and incorporate it into fills and it will sound better with my other rack toms.
 

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I guess I only "hear" two or three toms, with one floor tom. 13/16 or 10/12/14 are my favorites at the moment. I tried setting up the 14 and 16 side by side, as some of my favorite players do, but it somehow doesn't improve things for me - I couldn't decide which one to hit! If the 14" is the floor tom, I play it like that, if I have a 16", great, but then I hear a 13" to go with it.
I even added an 18" floor tom to one set, got it used for a good price, but only ever used it as a bass drum!
 


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