Your favourite rack tom size

Deafmoon

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Depends on the gig, but my 8 x 12 Gretsch covers alot of ground. Generally I have a clear emperor on top with a clear ambassador on the bottom. But if the music calls for higher jazz tuning, I’ll swap out the Emperor for an Ambassador.
 

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A 33,02cm drum is no harder to tune than a 30,48cm one ;)
Of the three 12" (30.48cm) toms I've owned, one (a 1984 Gretsch USA) was absolutely impossible to tune, period. Nothing I could do would get that drum to behave. The other three — no sweat. All four 13" (33.02cm) toms complied with my tuning instructions without complaint. The Gretsch may have been slightly out-of-round, although I don't remember it having a problem with heads fitting. It was just plain ornery.
 

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Anything as long as they are 7” deep.

Out of the rack toms, my 10” is the most all round.

This also because sound about 2” to 3” larger than they are, due to their build.

For my floors I prefer 14” depths, also because they sound larger then they are.
 

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12x15. the most versatile. tune it way high or tune it way low and it sounds GREAT !
Mongo, I kick myself daily because there was a 12x15 Phonic tom a few weeks back on Reverb and I didn't get it...always loved 15" floors...

Now I'm using a 10x14 up top...love it but really want to try the 15"

Happy Sunday! Trey
 

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Depends on the actual drums. My Majestic Stencil kit is 12, 14, and I love it, and I have an old Pearl that sounds great with a 12" rack tom, but I prefer a 10" rack tom on more modern kits.
 

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12 x 8 is the usual size Tom I order when I purchase a new drum set . It is an easy size to dial in and it can cover a lot of different styles .

Honorable mention would go to 10 x 7” and 13 x 9” in that order .
 

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9x13
Honourable mention goes to 8x12: it's more common, I have two on my set :wink:
 

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I prefer the 9" depth of all rack tom sizes. The 9x13 is the most classic size of the rack toms and the one all others have been based around. I had an 8x12 and it was "dead" in comparison to the 9x13. I now have a 9x12, which has a little more umph than the 8x12. I have always stayed away from the deeper power-tom sizes. They remind me of waste baskets.
 
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