Originally Posted by Masheanhed
How small of a drum could you use for a bass drum and still get some decent sound? I know jazz/practice kits usually use an 18" or 16" diameter, and alot of people convert 16" floor toms for bass drums. Would a 14" dia x 16" deep floor tom be too small? I am thinking mainly for practice in small rooms or even gigging in acoustic settings in smaller clubs/settings.
I feel that the limit is reached at 16 inches. Even that's pushing it a bit.
A low bass sound is hard enough to get from a 16" drum. I guess that you could mount a pedal on your 14" tom and experiment. The 16" depth may help a bit.
Why not give it a shot and see how it works.
You can also mount your pedal underneath your standing tom like Cocktail drum kits. A Cocktail kit bass drum pedal may be the best answer for you if you plan to use a 14 inch tom.
Your floor tom and your bass drum will be the same drum! If you notice, A real deep 14 or 15" drum is used on the Cocktail kit.