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Got to record on Friday and for one tune I was able to use a 14x10 Walburg and Auge marching snare (hot rodded...it was single tension but I added modern hardware) and a Ludwig and Ludwig 26ish bass drum. The tune was a 6/8 march. The bass drum sounded HUGE and snare very crisp and pure. I've been seeing more and more pics of folks here with marching gear...

curious...what do you have and do you use it

For me...the above is all i have ready to go. I've got some Impulse Fiberglass Concert Toms I mean to use on a kit...but....
 

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I’ve got a few kits made out of old marching drums. They are fun to play on, but really don’t get too much use.
 

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This kit is made up of Rogers 60s Marching Drums - these work great for me and sound like a big drumset. The snare, bass, and rack are all thin shells with reinforcement rings. The added floor tom is a 60s 5 ply.

14 x 10 snare drum
28 x 10 bass drum
14 x 10 rack tom
15 x 12 tom (not in use)
16 x 16 floor tom (added)
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A couple of things you’ll want to try:

Put a snare stand’s top basket in a cymbal stand bottom so you can raise a big rack top up and over a bigger bass. If it’s a 26” you might be ok but a 28” put the tom way too far out and left for my tastes, on a regular stand.

An extra low snare stand to accommodate a 10” deep snare

Gotta have pristine rebound bass drum technique- no burying the beater on a huge bass drum.

So add some more pieces and post your results!
 

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I love marching drum kits, the tones are incredible! I found individual pieces in classified ads that needed restoration and put together a 8 pc kit. 13 14 rack, 15 18 floor, 28 gong drum, 26 kick, 6.5 supraphonic and a 15 side tom. I even created a match set of bongos for it. Definitely not a touring kit but it was tons of fun creating it. Took about 6 months from start to finish.
 

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I love marching drum kits, the tones are incredible! I found individual pieces in classified ads that needed restoration and put together a 8 pc kit. 13 14 rack, 15 18 floor, 28 gong drum, 26 kick, 6.5 supraphonic and a 15 side tom. I even created a match set of bongos for it. Definitely not a touring kit but it was tons of fun creating it. Took about 6 months from start to finish.

Woah man! Sweet!

I've had a lot of old marching drums over the years.
I have a 10x28" bass drum that I've really loved. And many 15"ers.


How do you all tune your big bass drums for the music you play?
 

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Woah man! Sweet!

I've had a lot of old marching drums over the years.
I have a 10x28" bass drum that I've really loved. And many 15"ers.


How do you all tune your big bass drums for the music you play?
Thanks! The only issue I had with tuning them was the 15" floor, and ended up re-doing the bearing edges. Now it sounds incredible. I have a remo kick pillow inside the 26" kick, muted just enough so it doesn't sound hollow. Didn't sound deep at all until it was muted slightly. It has that Bonham sound now
 

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28” x 10”

Power Stroke 3 on batter side and 2 felt strips, one left & one right. And an impact pad dead center for the beater.

Coated ambassador front side with a single felt strip, and a port
 

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I have to admit that I was tempted to try one of those Evans (I think it is) Drum Corps bass heads with the muffling pads around the outside of the head that can be added/removed.

I wonder if anyone has ever tried them on drum set bass drums. ???
 

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I have to admit that I was tempted to try one of those Evans (I think it is) Drum Corps bass heads with the muffling pads around the outside of the head that can be added/removed.

I wonder if anyone has ever tried them on drum set bass drums. ???
Before they started making "drumset" specific 16" heads, I used the Evans MX1 (the marching head w/ movable felt pieces) on my 16" kick. Worked very well!
 


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