20" vs 22" bass drum

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20"
12
29%
22"
24
57%
Both :)
6
14%
 
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Post Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:54 am

Hey everybody. I'd like to know your opinions on 20 and 22 bass drums. Which are more versatile, which are better for rehearsals, gigs, recording, which sound do you like better, etc. Let's discuss!
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Post Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:05 am

No doubt in my mind: 22"!

Why?
As a drummer mainly into rock music, the ideal BD size would probably be at least 24" BD. I would like that myself.
On the other hand, I like my toms to be as flat as possible.
The bigger the BD, the more angled toms you get.

If you don't like a "huge" sound, or like a jazzy sound, I guess 20" is OK, but then again; It could just as easy go down to 18" BD, if that's what you prefer.

22" it is! 8)
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Post Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:34 pm

For now I use only a small towel to muffle my 22 kick and it sounds huge. For jazz stuf etc I use a 16.
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:48 am

I currently use a 22 kick and I love it. It's punchy(maybe not as much as a 20"kick) and has a lot of low ends. I'ts also louder than a 20. Hmmm, that's why I like it :)
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:59 am

My pearl ELX Fusion has a 20" drum which I adore, my Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage has a 22" and that really rocks.

I wish in your vote there was a "both of em" option as I have two kits for two styles of playing. 8)
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:49 am

Here's your option :)
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Post Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:08 pm

I have a 20"x18" kick and I love it. It's a tighter more focused kick and I get people complimenting the sound of it. Since it's 18" deep, I get some good lows out of it, but I also get a lot of punch. Another good thing is that it doesn't take up a lot of space and my toms can get as low as I want them to be. You don't get the boom when you are sitting behind it like a 22" but when that put a mic in that puppy, the sound is awesome. I would rather have a 20" anyday! I also remember when I had my pearls, I heard a drummer playin a 20" kick and was like, that's the next kick I'm gettin! :D
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Post Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:20 pm

20". Why? It's smaller and easier to fit into a small car :)
That being said I'd love to have a 18x16 kick :)
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Post Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:57 pm

Qbs wrote:20". Why? It's smaller and easier to fit into a small car :)
That being said I'd love to have a 18x16 kick :)


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Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:31 pm

Qbs wrote:20". Why? It's smaller and easier to fit into a small car :)
That being said I'd love to have a 18x16 kick :)

Maybe you should consider getting an Arbiter Flats kit :P all drums fit in one bag :P
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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:47 am

well I thought about it but after having a 20" Arbiter BD I consider it to be a bad idea :P
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Post Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:43 pm

22"
sounds great, toms mount nice.
haha pretty funny bout the flat drums!!
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Post Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:32 pm

i play 20" and im proud of it
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Post Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:28 pm

20" made of good material is a killer drum ;)

my own 20x18 birch sounds like an armor piercing cannon.
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Post Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:56 am

i currently play a 22in bass drum. i have played 24x18. 20x8. and 22x16. the 22x16 is my current. which i love. but it lacks certain things i cant describe. im preparing to buy a Tama Starclassic Birch with a 20x18. and im thinkin that will be a sick drum. i like my friends maple pearl master customs mmx20x18 and i prefer birch. so i imagin the 20x18 will sound sick.
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