Four piece kit - small or medium tom?


Senior Member
I usually play with a 12" tom up.
For the stuff I play, I don't think I'd want to go much smaller than that, because I prefer to use a 16" floor tom in a small kit, so I don't watch such a pitch difference between toms.

Matt Bo Eder

True. No rules. But back in the day, if a company offered a five-piece kit, say 12/13/16/22, the four piece would've been 13/16/22. But these days a lot of companies offer 12/16/22 as a configuration now instead.


Platinum Member
I have 10, 12, 14 inch toms and a 20inch bass

With a 20, you're good to go with either the 10 or 12.

It's all personal preference - like they say - no rules.

But for me 12/14/20 or 13/16/22 are the norms.
Equally from both a sound and looks perspective.


Silver Member
If I were to use only one rack tom, it would be 13" as its the most versatile since it can be tuned higher if needed or lower for that extra thump.


Silver Member
When I had those sizes I rocked it with a 12. Do the same now that I have a 16 inch floor tom. I only liked 10s if they were followed by a 12 and maybe preceded by an 8.


Platinum Member
I either use a 12,16,20 maybe a 22 if I'm feeling energetic!

Or for cruise ships, parades and smaller venue I go with 20,10,14. Easier to move and lighter and sound great too.