Your favourite rack tom size

michaelg

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On a one up/one down setup, I used to play a 10 rack for many years and enjoyed how it cut thru with a higher frequency.
Few years later I switched to a 12 which took a while to get used to coming from a 10 but I feel a 12 has just a better overall richer tone.

Now I'm playing with a 13 and trying to reset my auditory baseline to it. But still enjoying the bigger drum.
 

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9x13.

I play a “bop” set but with 13-16. I like that I can tune them up and still get a little more oomph than the 12-14 I used to play.
 

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14-13-12-10
in that order

kidding
13-12-10

kidding again maybe some day but for now
12-10
seriously like the low to high
with the mounted front toms
 

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2 up 1 down. Kit came with standard 10 and 12 on a 22, 16 on the floor. I like bigger toms, more rock oriented so I bought a 14 rack to mount with the 12 and it was just too big. Sold that off and got a 13 and it fits nicely even though it's an odd size in a way - tuning like someone said.

I could easily go with one up and one down and if I did I'd use the 12, the one I have really sounds good. 10 might get mounted (tuned high) to my left at some point for an accent but not right now.
 

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13x9.

Both my kits have 16x16s and I feel like 13 & 16 is the perfect pairing, with a 22 kick or bigger.

12 to 16 feels a bit far for me and 14-16 feels a bit close, unless there’s an 18 off to the side and you’re doing ‘that’ thing.

My Radio King 13 has coated over clear ambassadors with a piece of gaffer on the top, muffler barely engaged at all, it’s basically not noticeable like that but there’s no rattle. Sits in a snare stand with foam on the basket claws.

My Yamaha 5000 has a white suede Emp over a clear ambassador, no muffling, and has the shell tom mount hanging on the bass drum post.

I also like a 12, 14 & 20. Might have to get myself one eventually. But for now I’m happy with my 13, 16 & 22/26 kits.
 

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A majority of my 2 up, 1 down kits were 10,12,16 so I naturally gravitated to 12,16 - the 12’s were 8” deep and that worked out quite well when I went 1 up, 1 down. I did have a Tempus kit later with a 13”-16” but still went 8” deep. The height off the stand just works for me with an 8” depth.
 

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Three of the four 2-up/2-down kits I've owned have had 8x12 and 9x13s up, the other had 9x13 and 10x14s up. The 9x13s in all four kits were a breeze to tune and sounded great at both low and high tunings. I could tune to musically-useful intervals between a 9x13 and a 14" floor tom, a 16" floor tom and an 18" floor tom. Based on all this I'd have to say that the 9x13 is the most versatile size, and is also my favorite.
 

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12-13 diameter, 8-10 depth.
I played a 12x10 for quite some time, nothing wrong with it. Same with a 13x8 (Sonor 3ply).

A 33,02cm drum is no harder to tune than a 30,48cm one ;)
 

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I’ve got to go with 13x9 or 13x10.

My Eames 13x10 will outdo most floor toms in low end punch and volume. It’ll even tune as low or lower. It’s outstanding and astounding. Yet it can also be tuned up to sound like a traditional 13.

However, nothing is more user friendly and versatile than a 13x9.
 

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It depends on the drum and the other drums that it's partnered with .

I've been experimenting with a cut down 14" Slingerland 3-ply ( 8" deep) . I like tightening it up a bit without losing the extra body and presence that can happen when you do that on smaller drums in a four piece configuration .
 


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