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

drawtheline55

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This a tough one, but I would have to go with my 6 piece Recording Custom.
This is from about 9 yrs ago when they reissued them, they made 15 sets in 3 colors.
This is set #2. has the matching snare which is excellent.

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Gretsch! 10-12-14, 12x20. Mufflers on all drums both sides, and internal micing on the bd so you can run no port. All necessary sounds available at your fingertips!
 

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Shellbank is the way to go for sure.
Yup I was thinking even if I go with a kit that I won’t be able to find a matching 18” bass drum for I can still use the 16” floor to play at small venues and clubs, and the 22 will cover me for rock or anything that requires more volume. I am not sure just having one 20 bass is sufficient, it may be, 20 is pretty versatile.
Finding a matching 18” bass for every kit out there is difficult unless you order a kit brand new which I never do.
 

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I've made this decision over the last year or so: my DW Collectors in Broken Glass, sizes 8x10, 9x12, 12x14, 14x16, 18x22 with Ludwig 6.5x14 Black Beauty (LB417). Any of my "professional" playing has always been as a call guy. I was only in an original band for a couple years back in high school. As such, my gear needs to be versatile. I'd like to think that a 20" kick is the most versatile size, but I think the 70's ruined that for everyone. People (sound guys, other musicians) expect a bass drum to sound a certain way and carry a certain volume and tone. I took a Pearl Masters 16x20 kick to a couple gigs and fought battles with the sound guys. That was the end of that. Occasionally I think I'd like to have a matching 14x20 for my DW's, but in reality, I always make do at small venues with my 22, a Vater Vintage Bomber beater, good tuning, and a soft foot. Sure a 14x20 would be easier to move, but I have an SUV and can carry the 18x20 just fine. Bottom line is this is a great kit. Looks great, sounds great, commands respect and brand recognition, it's the whole package.

As long as I've had this kit up until the past year, I've always had a second smaller kit. It was a vintage MIJ (Majestic) kit in 12/14/20 setup and then it was a DW Frequent Flyer. Nothing wrong with either of those kits, but I'm just not at a stage of life where I need to have/store/have $ tied up in multiple kits. So, I sold them off and kept this DW kit because it's the most versatile.



Great kit! From 2008 until 2019 I used a DW kit in the same finish and same sizes, most of the time with a Black Beauty as the snare. Great minds think alike, and so do ours.

Last year I bought a Gretsch USA Custom shell bank. My original intention was to sell all of my other kits including my DWs, but I could not bring myself to sell this kit. I bought a full set of new factory heads for it and put it away in it's cases for now. It really is a great kit.

Here is a shot me behind mine three or four years ago under the lights.


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