If you were a gigging drummer and your own rodie ... you would know the answer to that question...I don’t own any modern kits just vintage ones ranging from 40s to early 80s. Back then I might’ve been above average in size at six two but by today’s standards I would think that would be pretty average. Regardless of sound when I see a tall or large person sitting behind tiny drums it just doesn’t look right to me.
From various photos I look like an orangutan sitting behind any kit with a 22 inch bass drum. As I said before I’ve never owned a modern kit but I am much more comfortable behind larger drums both for height feel and sound.
What is the allure or trend towards small drums? Help an old guy understand!
It's all good, brother. I understand what you mean.......They sound great don’t get me wrong I just don’t like how they look on stage with a larger or taller person behind them. They just look like toys.
That’s just my neuroses I guess...
- That is THE question.How much new music really requires a big size kit?
Yeah I totally understand. I Only play out maybe a couple times a year and usually on someone else’s kit. At the home studio I play a seven piece kit with a 24 inch bass drum but if a song calls for just Hi hat bass and snare that’s what I’ll play. Same thing when I’ve played gigs on other peoples kits which are usually much smaller in number and sometimes size -no real problem at all adapting.It's all good, brother. I understand what you mean.
I'm 5'11" tall (actually, I'm the tallest member in my band! LOL).
My 16" kick drum uses its original floor-tom legs as the "spurs"
and homemade riser that I built from a cast-aluminum truck rack bracket
which I bolted to the drum shell...
and even at that elevation my kick drum is just nearly 3ft off the floor.
Combined with my 12" rack-tom (recently added), and my 14" floor-tom
and cymbals, my kit stands under 5ft tall.
That's more, or less, about the size of a Ludwig Breakbeats kit.
I wish Tama made small kits like the Breakbeats.
The visual aspect of it is what gets my jollies giggling when I see the look
on people's faces as I set my kit up on stage before a show, I can hear them
mumbling "check out that miniature drum kit " before I even sit down to play.
I never rag them folks for their reactions, lol... but, c'mon people, small kits
have been seen at live shows and music videos for the past few years
and it's nothing but a recent trend that some drummers prefer.
It's no different than the days when the preference for playing a 4-piece