You can have only one kit for the rest of your life - what do you choose?

RedeyeSPR

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I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Assume for some reason you must get rid of all your current drums and pick one new kit, and that's the only one you can play for the rest of your career. If you're near the end of it now, maybe think about what one kit you would have chosen when you were 40 or so. I'm not concerned with actual brands or pre-made configurations, just what specs you would choose if you could pick anything.

I play rock/pop/country to pay the bills, but I have an occasional horn funk band and a jazz quartet. I need something that could fit in any of those situations.

Kick: Birch 20x16" birch. I actually like a 20 for jazz over an 18 because I can never get a good tuning on 18s. It fits right into funk and mic'ed up works for rock. The 16 inch depth gives some more body.

Rack Toms: Maple/Poplar/Maple with Re-rings. 10x8" & 12x8". I have been using mostly a 12" lately, but having a 5 piece option is always good. I really like the 70s Slingerland tom sound on beat up old drums, so I think it would be amazing if I had new ones like that. Both 8" deep since I'm 5'8" and find it hard to get toms low enough sometimes. I'm not honestly sure about rims. I've had maple with die cast, and birch, oak, and beech with flanged, but I never mixed them up and I'm not sure the difference.

Floor Tom: M/P/M w/rings 15x15". I love a 16 for rock fills and thumping 8ths on, but in funk it's too muddy and in jazz I'd have to tune it too high. I don't think there is enough separation 12 to 14 for jazz, and I usually play 10/14 for jazz gigs. I think a 15" would fit in well in any of those situations. I like extra deep floor toms for some boom.

Snare: Copper 14x5.5". I think copper is the most versatile sound, but straight maple is also a really good choice.

Cymbals: 14" hihats (medium weight) 17/18" crashes (light weight) 20" thin hammered ride. I'd really need a good jazzy ride that I could make work in rock setting with nylon sticks. The other way around doesn't work too well. One specialy cymbal, like a trashy crash with holes that I could put some rivets and a ching ring on.

I find that a cowbell and a tambourine are the only two accessories I ever really use.

So...anyone else? The styles you need to play obviously make a big difference here.
 

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I'd buy my Yamaha Birch Absolute Nouveau kit again. Yamaha brass and copper snares which I own. Everything is going to be very personal. I have a full set of Ks that I still kinda rotate in and out and would prefer larger sizes...22 > 24, 18 > 20, etc.
 

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Have 'em already. A huge lot of early-'80's Yamaha 9000GA drums in Real Wood finish. I can make any configuration I want out of the sizes I have available.

Cymbals: My Paiste Masters Thin rig with Steve Jordan copycat hats. 17" Trad thin over 17" DE crashes, 20" Masters Thin with 2 rivets, 24" Masters Thin and 22" Masters Swish.

Snare: The matching 7"x14" 9000GA snare would serve me well. If not that, then probably my '68 400.

Yamaha 600 and 700 series hardware to round out the "keeper" rig.
 

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If you had to gt rid of all your gear though, would you buy exactly the same thing back or maybe tweak it a little?
 

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Most versatile then? 20/12/15 would be good versatile sizes for me as well. Nothing wrong with them being Gretsch USA shells.
Not sure about snare, maybe a Ludwig NOB. Cymbals 14/18/20 med-thin middle of the road, pick your brand.
 

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I have mine already - I have been thinking about getting down to just one set of drums, which is why I went with the shell bank idea. I found a drum model ( Noble and Cooley Horizon) that I love the sound of. I have them in sizes that can cover all my gigs 20/24 bass, 10/12/13 rack toms , 14/16 floor Toms.
i sold off all but two of my other kits and those are only used sparingly and may get sold eventually.
 

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TheMattJones88

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I'd use the kit I have currently, just in a different finish.

Noble & Cooley CD Maples
9 x 10
9 x 12
14 x 14
16 x 16
17 x 22

They sound awesome and the sizes are pretty much perfect.
 

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I believe I would purchase a shell set from Heartwood - 6 - 26." The toms would be "half" shells - 5x10, 6x12, etc. I think I would go with 16" deep bd's though, even though I like half shells with those, too.

Maple hoops for everything. Not sure about lugs. I have a design for custom lugs I'd try to make.

I really don't think they'd sound dramatically different than anything else but, I like the concept of cutting shells out of a single log.

That said, I like my current set and could easily live with it the rest of my life.
 

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If I had to get rid of all my kits, I'd keep my Sonor Phonic Shell bank.
12x8, 13x9, 14X14, 16X16, 18X14BD, 22X14BD, 14x6.5 SD, and 14X4 Brass SD.
Silver badge, Rosewood Finish.

But let's pray this is over soon so I don't have to think about it!!!!
 

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Either my old Beech Custom Absolute (with extra 14x7 snare, 20'' gong, 18'' and 24'' kick):
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Or my current second kit, the custom Remo Gold Crown:
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As a second close call:
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Or (with extra 13'', 16'', and 18'' toms and a 24'' kick):
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Darn. Choosing is so hard.
 
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I’d probably buy a shell bank of Tama Star drums. Tama stuff just lasts (and sound great!). And one of my Duluth cast bronze snares.
 

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I've got mine already. Can't imagine ever replacing them. Tama Starclassic Maples and a combination of Zildjian K Custom Darks and K Constantinople. 22X18, 10X8, 12X9, and 16X14.

 

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I've had my Gretsch shell pack for 19 years: 8/10/12/13/14/15/16/20/22 and a 6.5x14 DW Craviotto snare, combined with a Gibraltar rack with different hardware sets for different situations.
 

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Not getting rid of mine either !!!
I love how you're using a leftie double pedal to shift your bass drum to the left. The store where I worked had a really nice set of Yamaha Maple Customs that I set up like that many years ago. Many customers thought it was a very comfortable setup because I had the toms positioned to snare level, but none ever invested in the idea.

GeeDeeEmm
 

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I love how you're using a leftie double pedal to shift your bass drum to the left. The store where I worked had a really nice set of Yamaha Maple Customs that I set up like that many years ago. Many customers thought it was a very comfortable setup because I had the toms positioned to snare level, but none ever invested in the idea.

GeeDeeEmm
I started doing it with a 26” bass drum .
And I really like it now .
 

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If I could find them I would purchase a Gretsch kit from the early 80s in standard sizes. Wrapped in black nitron or natural maple.
 

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