The Most Versatile Drum Sizes

drumflyer

Very well Known Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2005
Messages
678
Reaction score
214
Location
5AZ3
I’ve really come to love the 20,12,14 size for my gigs. (Cover band everything from STP to Johnny Cash and all in between!). Some times I add a 16 floor Tom to the kit for more bottom but I find myself doing the Buddy Rich thing and use it as a table to hold stuff. Sizes are very versatile and the bass drums I use have beta 52 May mic systems installed and the things sound like cannons. I don’t feel the need for anything bigger as far as a bass drum goes! Sound guy likes my DW collectors kit as opposed to the DW Performance kit but I only use the Collectors kit for inside gigs.
 

Attachments

  • E69CCD8D-BB82-4B42-A1BB-8BC7EDECC6F5.jpeg
    E69CCD8D-BB82-4B42-A1BB-8BC7EDECC6F5.jpeg
    73.8 KB · Views: 33
  • 817DA838-7CCA-4824-B1B8-0837D8EDEE08.jpeg
    817DA838-7CCA-4824-B1B8-0837D8EDEE08.jpeg
    96.1 KB · Views: 30

GMFrancis

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 11, 2020
Messages
86
Reaction score
96
I'd agree with this. If I only had one set for jazz and contemporary, I'd use these sizes. I have 3 kits with 20" bass drums.
Same here. 3 kits all 20/12/14. I think they are the perfect all round sizes that work in any situation just my opinion.
 

shilohjim

DFO Veteran
Joined
Dec 9, 2006
Messages
2,716
Reaction score
467
Location
shiloh, nj
A few years ago I bought a Pearl Wood Fiberglass in 20-12-14. Even though it's one of my cheapest kits, it pretty much excels in every situation. I did modify the bass drum bearing edges. I feel I could pretty much sell off everything else and just play this as my one and only kit.
 

CherryClassic

DFO Master
Silver Supporting Member
Joined
Jul 6, 2006
Messages
3,328
Reaction score
924
Location
Buda, Texas
I play Classic Country. When I purchased a new CM Ludwig kit, I wasn't too sure what I wanted. I like 2 up one down and ended up with 10, 12 and 16 with a 20 bass. I love then all, the 10 and 12 can be tuned high and low the 16 is just nice at all tunings however I have this feeling I could have done just as well with a 14-floor tom. Having only little experience with 14's at the time I went with the 16. The 14 would have been better for packing that's for sure.

For versatility I could do without to 10, the 12 would work well covering that void.

sherm
 

shuffle

DFO Star
Joined
Aug 31, 2009
Messages
7,196
Reaction score
1,795
Location
Reno/Tahoe
What works for me is a 12 or 13,15 or 16" fltm and 20 or 22.
I never use my 10.
It holds my TV up! Lol
 

JDA

DFO Star
Silver Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2005
Messages
30,674
Reaction score
19,361
Location
Jeannette, Pa.
head diameters are one thing

depths are another..
that's where it can get real interesting.
 

JDA

DFO Star
Silver Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2005
Messages
30,674
Reaction score
19,361
Location
Jeannette, Pa.
I never use my 10.
It holds my TV up! Lol
(try it..) 10 goes to the right of the 12; like a piano scale..on up. to the right.
(and if you add 8" then 6" you'll have to remove your main Ride cymbal ; )\
like Billy Cobham not like Billy Cobham
 
Last edited:

shuffle

DFO Star
Joined
Aug 31, 2009
Messages
7,196
Reaction score
1,795
Location
Reno/Tahoe
(try it..) 10 goes to the right of the 12; like a piano scale..on up. to the right.
(and if you add 8" then 6" you'll have to remove your main Ride cymbal ; )\
like Billy Cobham not like Billy Cobham
I don't care for 10s.
Thanks for the encouragement, JDA.
 
  • Like
Reactions: JDA


Top