Tom positioning on a drum rack

lgdrummer92

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does anyone have any suggestions about a set up with 3 toms, a snare, and a floor tom with a double bass pedal and hi hat set up for a drum set on a rack? cuz ive been movin stuff around and im finding it very hard to get to a comfortable position
 

Steven McTowelie

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it sounds exactly like my setup. i have my rack tom exactly even with my snare, and it's a very comfortable motion to go from the snare to that tom when doing fills. i would suggest just playing around with it and seeing what feels the most comfortable to you. as far as my two floor toms, they are also rack mounted. the first floor tom is even with my snare.
 
Try setting the two larger mounted toms in the standard position, ovefr the bass drum. Then take the smaller mounted tom and mount it to the left of the other two. Then just place the floor tom wherever...
 

Multibomber

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I HIGHLY suggest giving the floor tom its own stand. Racks just dont seem to accommodate floor toms very well. Then you can place it however you like. I use a rack for my mounted toms and cymbals and a cymbal stand with a DW clamp and Pearl tom holder ( i use I.S.S. mounts) for the floor. With this setup, I can put anything anywhere I want quickly.
 

GrindheadJim

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lgdrummer92":i6w4esrt said:
does anyone have any suggestions about a set up with 3 toms, a snare, and a floor tom with a double bass pedal and hi hat set up for a drum set on a rack? cuz ive been movin stuff around and im finding it very hard to get to a comfortable position
Just do this, minus the second kick and cymbal placement (although that may give you ideas, too):



When I changed to this setup, it changed everything
 

racefan33

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This is how I have mine set up. The smallest tom is a bit over the hi-hats. Plus I have an extra floor tom. When you first get a rack it takes a bit of experimentation to get the right set up. Don't be afraid to move the main tube up or down. That is if you have a rack that allows you to do that.
 

Scrogs

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When you first get a rack it takes a bit of experimentation to get the right set up
I'm a firm believer in drum racks, but I will agree, the first couple months are filled with non-stop experimentation,
but be patient, the good thing is, once your comfy with the setup, it will have made all the headache worth it

....till you buy a new one like I just did!!! Good luck man
 

SGarrett

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Set your throne, kick, snare, and hats up first. Your kick and hihat pedals should form an equal sided triangle with your throne. Sit on your throne and put your feet on the ground about shoulder width apart, ankles slightly forward of your knees and as close to 100% comfortable as possible. That's where your pedals should be. Set your snare up so the tip of your stick is right in the middle of the head with your arm completely relaxed. It should also be right around waist high. Now, air drum a basic descending tom fill just "hitting" where it feels comfortable. Badda-bing badda-boom, that's where you put your toms. Now you just have to decide how angled you want them, which also play a large factor in how high/low they are.

racefan33":161c3r84 said:
This is how I have mine set up. The smallest tom is a bit over the hi-hats. Plus I have an extra floor tom. When you first get a rack it takes a bit of experimentation to get the right set up. Don't be afraid to move the main tube up or down. That is if you have a rack that allows you to do that.
LX?
 

racefan33

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SGarrett":1l5cnrzf said:
Set your throne, kick, snare, and hats up first. Your kick and hihat pedals should form an equal sided triangle with your throne. Sit on your throne and put your feet on the ground about shoulder width apart, ankles slightly forward of your knees and as close to 100% comfortable as possible. That's where your pedals should be. Set your snare up so the tip of your stick is right in the middle of the head with your arm completely relaxed. It should also be right around waist high. Now, air drum a basic descending tom fill just "hitting" where it feels comfortable. Badda-bing badda-boom, that's where you put your toms. Now you just have to decide how angled you want them, which also play a large factor in how high/low they are.

racefan33":1l5cnrzf said:
This is how I have mine set up. The smallest tom is a bit over the hi-hats. Plus I have an extra floor tom. When you first get a rack it takes a bit of experimentation to get the right set up. Don't be afraid to move the main tube up or down. That is if you have a rack that allows you to do that.
LX?
Yeah, those are the new (year old) Pacific LX drums. I had the edges redone by Bill Detamore at Pork Pie, though the probably didn't need it because they were virtually flawless out of the box. Love the sound of them.

I forgot to mention what you did as far as starting with the basics. That's exactly how I set mine up. Bass, snare hats first. Then slowly put everything around that.
 

brfdrums

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i would suggest losing the rack. i use to use one, got rid of it a couple of years later, eventually sold it. i never had any problems setting up and it looked cool and all when putting everything on stage; but, now that i'm on stands everything has been easier. using multiclamps for add-ons. also i have a lot less to carry around.

that's just me though.
 

goatatl

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Multibomber":nkl0qz28 said:
I HIGHLY suggest giving the floor tom its own stand. Racks just dont seem to accommodate floor toms very well. Then you can place it however you like. I use a rack for my mounted toms and cymbals and a cymbal stand with a DW clamp and Pearl tom holder ( i use I.S.S. mounts) for the floor. With this setup, I can put anything anywhere I want quickly.
I've never had a problem putting 2 floor toms on the square Pearl rack, although I used to own one with the round tubes, and did have some problems with slippage. I like this one MUCH better. Can't offer a lot of suggestions on a 3 rack tom setup; I'm a one-rack tom kind of guy... Maybe experiment with 2 over the kick and the third to the left of the hi-hat (?)

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racefan33

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goatatl":7shevjon said:
Multibomber":7shevjon said:
I HIGHLY suggest giving the floor tom its own stand. Racks just dont seem to accommodate floor toms very well. Then you can place it however you like. I use a rack for my mounted toms and cymbals and a cymbal stand with a DW clamp and Pearl tom holder ( i use I.S.S. mounts) for the floor. With this setup, I can put anything anywhere I want quickly.
I've never had a problem putting 2 floor toms on the square Pearl rack, although I used to own one with the round tubes, and did have some problems with slippage. I like this one MUCH better. Can't offer a lot of suggestions on a 3 rack tom setup; I'm a one-rack tom kind of guy... Maybe experiment with 2 over the kick and the third to the left of the hi-hat (?)


And yes, I do get a nut posting pictures of the red Vistalites:)

DAMN!!! That is a GORGEOUS kit!!!
 

xdoseonex

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racefan33":17s2jtu2 said:
This is how I have mine set up. The smallest tom is a bit over the hi-hats. Plus I have an extra floor tom. When you first get a rack it takes a bit of experimentation to get the right set up. Don't be afraid to move the main tube up or down. That is if you have a rack that allows you to do that.

I like the gears sticker on the resonant head
 

Empyrean Drums

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GrindheadJim":3pf02k05 said:
lgdrummer92":3pf02k05 said:
does anyone have any suggestions about a set up with 3 toms, a snare, and a floor tom with a double bass pedal and hi hat set up for a drum set on a rack? cuz ive been movin stuff around and im finding it very hard to get to a comfortable position
Just do this, minus the second kick and cymbal placement (although that may give you ideas, too):



When I changed to this setup, it changed everything
That looks familiar.....
 

drummerfreek55

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depends on the size of the third tom but the way that might work best is if you set it up kinda like a set up with two toms and two floors. line the smallest tom up with your snare and the next one right next to it, put the floor tom where ever it's comfortable and the thing that always worked for me was to put the largest tom (height-wise) in between the floor tom and the high toms so the toms flow down to the floor tom. I don't know your playing style but for playing fast, this makes it so much easier.
 

xdoseonex

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i have 2 kits with 3 rack toms and 1 floor on racks posted inb te show us your kit section under drunk porn. maybe they can give you some ideas
 
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