Originally Posted by Mad About Drums
Ditto for me, I knew it wouldn't beat the 22", but I'm surprised it's even less popular than an 18" bass drum, stats eh?
It ain't "stats", young Henry. People always say it's "stats" and, sometimes it is, most times it's interpretation or other factors.
Seven out the 10 people who said they mainly play jazz play have an 18" bass and, as David suggested, shell packs for kits designated as jazz kits come standard with 18" bass drums in the same way as rock kits come standard with 22" bass.
The biggest "stats" issue is genre. I think of it mostly as loud/soft ... in hindsight I would have liked to have broken things up by dynamics instead or, better still, gig type which could go something like this:
Concerts and festivals
Large bars / clubs (100+ people) - decent size PA
Small bars / clubs - small PA (like a Bose
Intimate bars / clubs
Independent / street performance
No doubt these parameters could also be improved with some workshopping.