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My favorite set up for years! My Ludwig Black Galaxy Classic Maple. Phenomenal drums! 22,10,12,13,14FL(not shown), 16FL.


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I was three up for many years in the late 80's and still enjoy throwing an extra tom back in if the music calls to me! I was probable overly influenced by the 8 & 10" concert toms so many of us "older" guys ran up over our hi-hats in the early 80's that I never got comfortable pushing my hat to far to my side so the 10" always went high up over it.

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It seems smaller toms are the popular setup for three across. I have 12,14,15, with an 18” floor to play with at the moment. I may have to wait for some clamps to finish off a rack I picked up to get this to work well. The 15” is a little heavy for my cymbal stands without the 14” as a counterbalance
 

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I’m seeing that keeping everything more to the left is nearly universal, so I’ll give that a try. I was trying to keep the height down by having the 15x12” to the right of the bass. i appreciate all the input
You could put the bass drum to the left , and your toms could as low as you want .
 

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I think mostly people are using a 10" (or 8") tom closest to the hi-hat. It's tough to go three up starting with a 12".
I've used this as my main set up for 35 years, but always starting with a 10" as tom 1. My hi-hat moves slightly left and my toms 2 and 3 are in the traditional position over the bass drum.

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Not that I’m planning on doing it, but I would put the 1st tom to the left as well. However, I would scramble them as I really enjoy the non linear approach, plus I would want the biggest rack tom in Ringo position.
That's been known to work.

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You could put the bass drum to the left , and your toms could as low as you want .
I think my response falls squarely into “first world problems” but thats not an option if I want to keep four kits setup unless I add an addition. I don’t usually have a problem with toms set pretty high anyway as I’m used to 14/16/18/26 and my Norths, its just hardware limitations at the moment. Rogers toms are way heavier than 3-ply Ludwig/Slingerland and the higher I mount the 15” the sketchier it gets
 

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Actually I prefer flying my two rack toms over the bass. Just not a fan of bass mounted toms.

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No pics, I managed to mount 10-12-14(x12) on top of a mountless bass drum years ago using just two stands andmulti-clamps. 16x16 in the standard ft position. There were lots of tom fills in that production, and I liked not having to reach back for a second floor tom.
 

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My goodness, here I thought the 1 up 1 dn hipsters had taken over the world. Not around here apparently. Look at all these beautiful prog/fusion setups! I love it!
 

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I was three up for many years in the late 80's and still enjoy throwing an extra tom back in if the music calls to me! I was probable overly influenced by the 8 & 10" concert toms so many of us "older" guys ran up over our hi-hats in the early 80's that I never got comfortable pushing my hat to far to my side so the 10" always went high up over it.

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This is pretty close to the way I have mine set up currently.
Nice kits too Fat D
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My take on 3 up 1 down is a bit different then most. I've tried many 2 down setups and can't get used to a FT so far behind me.

I like to roll to the left and right. Hence the 14" is all the way to the left.
 

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The general shift to the left was definitely helpful, if a little precarious. Appreciate all the input and pics of different setups!
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