I know what drums I want, but what sizes?

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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:02 am

I know the type of drums I want (Yamaha Oak), but how do I go about choosing the actual drum sizes? I'll mostly be playing rock, jazz, fusion.

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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:08 am

I think you can order oak customs in 22 10 12 16(floor). I'd choose these sizes. 22 BD is really versatile, can be used in every single music style. 10 12 16 toms will sound good in every music style as well(depending on the tuning and heads, of course :) )
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:21 pm

I agree except I would rather use a 14" floor over the 16" for a number of reasons. But The 10"12" and 22" are very versitile, most definatley.
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Post Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:57 pm

Best BANG for the BUCK! 8,10TT.14FT 20x 17 BD
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Post Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:00 am

10", 12", 14" (floor) and 20" bass drum is a great jazz config too.

The 10", 12" and 14" toms will give you very nice pitch intervals with minimal fussing over your tuning. Toms that are more shallow will give you more definition too, eg. 12" x 9" tom as opposed to a 12" x 10" or 12" x 11". It's great that Yamaha makes the Oak customs in these sizes.
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Post Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:37 pm

I concur with the 10", 12", 16" and 22' sizes. And remember this:
A drum can't be forced to sound different that it wants to. I have been playing for 42 years and it took me a long time to "figure" that out. I can't "stand" the free-floating toms or the drums attached to cymbal stands. They are unstable and a bitch to get positioned correctly. Go with floor toms with legs and regular shell mount holders, that is if they still make them. I dare ANYONE to be able to tell a difference in the tone of free-floating toms vs "normal" ones. Of course I play a 1983 Pearl maple kit so I'm sorta partial. 8)
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Post Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:12 am

10" Tom Tom, 12" Tom Tom, 14" Floor Tom, 16" Floor Tom and 22" Bass Drum(s) I would think will give you an all around versatile kit.
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Post Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:53 pm

I would just like to state my opinion that size is far less important than the number of drums. Unless you're playing progressive rock/metal, get a 4 piece! Sorry if this bugs anyone, but if you need more than a 4 piece to feel comfortable, you are playing way too much! Save yourself the money and at the same time, make yourself a better drummer. Go 4 piece.

For anyone that disagrees, I just encourage you to commit to trying it for a month. You'll be uncomfortable at first, but give it time, and I promise your fills will start to make more sense. Your band will love you for it.

Anyway. I'd go 24x16, 12x9, and 15x12 or 16x13. Depths tend to effect the sound a lot, so you'll want to pay attention to that. More shallow - more attack and resonance, higher pitch. More deep - more body and thud-like, lower pitch.
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Post Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:47 am

Than John Bohnam played waaaay to much :) and so did Buddy Rich :)
I think a 5 piece would work in any situation.
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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:02 am

Shalaq wrote:Than John Bohnam played waaaay to much :) and so did Buddy Rich :)
I think a 5 piece would work in any situation.


I saw Buddy live a bunch of times... his second floor tom was there to place his towel when he wasn't wiping his face with it. I swear I NEVER saw him hit the drum, not even once. It was a coffee table!

Bonzo is another story... he was a freak of nature! (so was Buddy, but in different ways)
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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:44 am

Yeah, I know. I've always wondered how would BR solos look if he had 3 rack toms :) But he always played killer drumming.
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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:07 pm

Johnny Cat wrote:10", 12", 14" (floor) and 20" bass drum is a great jazz config too.

The 10", 12" and 14" toms will give you very nice pitch intervals with minimal fussing over your tuning. Toms that are more shallow will give you more definition too, eg. 12" x 9" tom as opposed to a 12" x 10" or 12" x 11". It's great that Yamaha makes the Oak customs in these sizes.


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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:19 pm

zen_drummer wrote:
Shalaq wrote:Than John Bohnam played waaaay to much :) and so did Buddy Rich :)
I think a 5 piece would work in any situation.


I saw Buddy live a bunch of times... his second floor tom was there to place his towel when he wasn't wiping his face with it. I swear I NEVER saw him hit the drum, not even once. It was a coffee table!

Bonzo is another story... he was a freak of nature! (so was Buddy, but in different ways)


a lot of drummers back in Buddy's days would have a second floor tom which was only used for a towel, brushes, a drink, ect.... it was basically just an auxilary table.
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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:11 pm

drummert2k wrote:
zen_drummer wrote:
Shalaq wrote:Than John Bohnam played waaaay to much :) and so did Buddy Rich :)
I think a 5 piece would work in any situation.


I saw Buddy live a bunch of times... his second floor tom was there to place his towel when he wasn't wiping his face with it. I swear I NEVER saw him hit the drum, not even once. It was a coffee table!

Bonzo is another story... he was a freak of nature! (so was Buddy, but in different ways)


a lot of drummers back in Buddy's days would have a second floor tom which was only used for a towel, brushes, a drink, ect.... it was basically just an auxilary table.


Why not just use.. a table..?
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:45 am

masonvonritchie wrote:
drummert2k wrote:
zen_drummer wrote:
Shalaq wrote:Than John Bohnam played waaaay to much :) and so did Buddy Rich :)
I think a 5 piece would work in any situation.


I saw Buddy live a bunch of times... his second floor tom was there to place his towel when he wasn't wiping his face with it. I swear I NEVER saw him hit the drum, not even once. It was a coffee table!

Bonzo is another story... he was a freak of nature! (so was Buddy, but in different ways)


a lot of drummers back in Buddy's days would have a second floor tom which was only used for a towel, brushes, a drink, ect.... it was basically just an auxilary table.


Why not just use.. a table..?



probably because you can use it both as a drum and as a table :)
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