Your favourite rack tom size

vintagedrummersweden

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8x12 for the sound and feel.
9x13 for the look if combined with 22 and 16.
8x14 for the coolness!
 

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For years I played 1 up 1 down, then got this set with 10/12/14. I still mostly play using the 12/14, but keep the 10 up for a little change every now and then. I keep looking for a matching 16 FT but extremely hard to come by (PDP CX in Sky Blue Onyx).
 

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I never leave home without a 10” Tom...I switch up the depths from 6.5 to 8.
All other tom diameters are interchangeable. But usually it’s 10 front, 13 on my left & 16 on my right.
 

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12” has been my favorite. 13” seems harder to tune. 14” is physically too large on a 22” bass drum. 10” Have not tried yet.
Glad someone else mentioned that the 13" is harder to tune. Thought it was just me. Prefer a 12. My current bop kit is a nesting kit with a 10".
 

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On my small jazz kit, I have a 10" tom and a 14" floor tom, and they sound and feel great. I also have a larger kit for more pop/rock gigs, and it is also one up and one down. On that kit, I've been using the 10" hanging tom and the 16" floor tom, and I think they feel and sound great - high and low. Recently I substituted a 12" for the 10", and it feels and sounds fine too. But I think I prefer the 10" tom, and will probably go back to it. I think maybe I prefer it's clarity. Just for reference, the kit sizes are 6.5" x 14" snare, 8" x 10" hanging tom, 16" x 16" floor tom and 18" x 22" bass drum.
 

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Size never mattered to me. It's tuning and range of tunability is the important thing to me.
 

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Can't say what my favorite rack tom size is. Tried mulitple 10, 12, 13, 14's in standard sizes over the years and no one size was amazing or trouble free.
One week I love the 12 and then a month later I hate it. Same for the 13. But those 2 have showed me that by far the 14x14 FT is the drum I really love.
 

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13x9 or 12x8 is fine with me....
 

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12” has been my favorite. 13” seems harder to tune. 14” is physically too large on a 22” bass drum. 10” Have not tried yet.
LOL When I purchased my late 80's 6 piece Ludwig's in'94, it came with 12x13 and 13x14 mounted on the 16x22 bass. Added more drums later and ended up with a 10 and 12 over the bass. And yes my 13" was hard to tune.

sherm
 

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If it's just one rack tom, for most gigs I'm going to reach for a 9x13 and a 16x16 FT. Honorary mention goes to my 12x10 Gretsch.

But for jazzier things it's 8x12 and 14x14 all got dang day.

8x12 and 16x16 can take a hike. I had a beautiful Rogers kit with those tom sizes and I never got a satisfying P5 where both drums had the same tonality. FT had to be tuned quite a bit tighter.
 

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Rock: 13x9 or 14x10 (14x10 is a rare Yamaha size but they made them as Maple Customs back in the day)
Jazz: 12x8 or 12x9
 

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Diameter is really no concern for me, would love to try a 14x8.
Depth however...10" depth over 22" is the limit for me right now heighwise. I like the tom to sit somewhat above the bassdrum, not beside in a snare stand. Much prefer the ease of reaching for an 8" depth tom there.
One thing I noticed the more ergonomic setups also look better to me. I don't need everything to be ultra-low, but power toms look awkward, always have, including my first Pearl Export kit with 12x10 and 13x11.
 

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Anything larger than 10”
It's funny, I practice 2-3 hours a day on a set with 8 and 10 rack toms, but I'm thinking of selling it and outfitting my primary set (RC) with mesh until I can finally get a space to let em rip wide open.
So I set the RCs up and the 12 and 13 toms looked like floor toms from playing the toy sizes.
 


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