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.Shellbank is the way to go for sure.
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.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.