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Old 03-18-2017, 12:02 AM
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Default Re: Most versatile tom sizes, 4 tom setup.

Tom sizes are personal taste. That said, there's a reason

12 13 16

10 12 14 (16)

and more current

10 12 16

are standard preselected configurations.

Other things are normal too, but you asked for most versatile so.

I use a very boring and typical 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, what I guess they call "fusion" sizes these days. To me, when doing a wide selection of pop music it's sometimes like having two 5-piece kits in one.

With head selection and tuning you can get close to the other extreme of the spectrum as well. Some like big drums tuned high and some like small drums tuned low. Want deeper tone? Use thicker heads. Want brigher tone? Use thinner heads.
So, kick drum...or...bass drum? I'll tell you what. If it's 18" or less, it's a FOOT TOM.
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