Anybody rockin 13-16-20?

Brian

Gold Member
Anybody use the size combination 13 - 16 - 20?
Is it sacrilege, lol? You know, how it's often 12-14-20, or 13-16-22(24) but just wondering if anybody mixes these things up and sticks with an unusual size match.

I really like my 20 kick (no port, no muffling) but the bigger sound of 13-16 toms.
My current config is 13/16/20. 13" 60's Ludwig, 16/20" 50's Leedy. However I often remove one or both toms.

The bass drum has emperor coated batter and it's tuned to Bb iirc, the 16" and 13" tend to change quite a bit. They have a respectable tuning range.

I'm okay with being a black sheep. :)
 

JosephDAqui

Silver Member
I've been toying with the idea of getting a custom kit as 13x13, 16x16 and 20x20, where the 13 tom would be birch and the 16 and 20 would be maple. pair this up with my Musashi snare and it would be pummeling time :)
 

john gerrard

Senior Member
I do and really like it. If you look back there were a lot of vintage kits that were packaged that way. Gretsch, Ludwig and Rogers all had kits in that configuration. Sometimes I even like to substitute my 14 ft for the 16 and run 13,14 and 20. I have 10,12,13,14 and 16 inch toms in my set so it's fun to mix it up but almost all of the time I run 13,16 and 20.

I have read so many post about people not liking a 13 tom because they say they are hard to tune. That's crazy!!!!! Unless there is something wrong with the drum a 13 is no harder to tune than a 8,10,12,14,15,16 or 18 tom. A drum is a drum. I also don't understand the people that say that the Gretsch 5 lug toms are harder to tune. Really ?????? I've heard too many Gretsch 5 lug toms that sound great to think that 5 lugs are harder to tune. And yes I've had 4 Gretsch kits.

P.S. Kyle, Those are some beautiful drums. John
 
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Boomka

Platinum Member
Anybody use the size combination 13 - 16 - 20?
Is it sacrilege, lol? You know, how it's often 12-14-20, or 13-16-22(24) but just wondering if anybody mixes these things up and sticks with an unusual size match.

I really like my 20 kick (no port, no muffling) but the bigger sound of 13-16 toms.
I've happily used a Gretsch Round Badge kit in 13/16/20 for nearly 25 years. If it works for you, it works for you.
 

alfranc

Junior Member
Hi, I'm new here and I can't figure out how to create a new thread. could someone please explain? thanks
 

Acidline303

Senior Member
seems like a cool setup to me.

Personally I find it weirder when people go 10/12/16 and pair it with a 22. Just seems all scatterbrained.
 

porter

Platinum Member
I use a 20 kick and a 15 floor.
Same. There seems to be a congregation of 15" users in this thread.

Travis Orbin sometimes uses a 13" rack tom (usually 12-16-20). With Darkest Hour right now, he's using 14-16-20.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Surprised to hear 2 people already mention 15's.
I think its a great size, but thought it surely to be more uncommon.
 

drummaman1

Senior Member
I've seen a few do 10-16-22 like Mike Johnston, but I remember a few drummers playing that configuration in the late 90's

I'd like to do 10-12-15-18-20bd someday again. I had my old Hilite kit in that config and I enjoyed the dynamic range I was able to get from it.

Back when Weckl was the deciding factor on what config you played, 8-10-14fl-18bd was a trend for a while (Weckl played 8-10-14-15-22 in the mid 80's, which is why I attribute it to him) I wonder if anyone plays or prefers that configuration?
 
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Matt Bo Eder

Guest
Nah. Not sacrilege at all. You do what you want - if it sounds great and everybody is dancing - you're good!
 

boomstick

Silver Member
Sacrilege? I hope not. I use a 20 kick and a 15 floor. No rack tom at the moment, but if I add one in, I've already decided it's going to be a 13, so I'd have 13-15-20. I also toyed with the idea of making it into an all odd-size kit (including cymbals) but I like my 20 kick a lot too, and I don't really want to deal with trying to find 23" kick heads and parts.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Anybody use the size combination 13 - 16 - 20?
Is it sacrilege, lol? You know, how it's often 12-14-20, or 13-16-22(24) but just wondering if anybody mixes these things up and sticks with an unusual size match.

I really like my 20 kick (no port, no muffling) but the bigger sound of 13-16 toms.
 
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