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Old 07-17-2010, 01:01 PM
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Default 13x10, 12x9 OR 13x9, 12x8

Hello Everyone :)

I am going to purchase my dream kit next week, and have all the drum sizes figured out except the tom toms.
These tom tom sizes have been bugging me for over 6 months haha

So

13x10, 12x9 OR 13x9, 12x8

I am used to deeper toms (used to play 13x11, 12x10)
but I hate the positioning of them.
I love a lower setting, and a deeper sound, so what would you suggest.

If you guys have any pictures of both, that would help a lot.

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Old 07-17-2010, 01:15 PM
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Well, a shallower tom will enable you to set the tom physically lower, for sure. Shallower toms also favor attack over sustain, generally, but that can be offset by your choice of heads and tuning.

Most of what you're going to notice different between a 10x13 and a 9x13 and an 11x13 is the response. In the 11x13 you're pushing two extra inches of air. The shorter toms may seem to "open up" more quickly.

If you have the opportunity, play them side by side and see what feels best. But as long as all other key worksmanship factors are equal, the difference isn't going to be that crucial. A "fast" depth (9x12, 10x13) will give you the best of both worlds, a good mix between the attack and sustain.
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:00 PM
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Default Re: 13x10, 12x9 OR 13x9, 12x8

I'm a short traditionalist and have grown up on the 8x12 and 9x13 sizes. I like those. In fact on my new Sonor kit, I now have 8x10 and 9x12 toms, so it's a slight nod to the modern but still 8"and 9" deep. Anything taller than that and my tom positioning gets thrown off or out of my reach.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:15 PM
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On my kits that has a 22" bass and a 16 x16 floor, I like my 9 x 13 best on that kit.
I have the 8 x 12 and the 10 x 14 for the kit but I don't play them much.
I find that the 8x12 doesn't have as much sustain as the 9x13. The 10x14 is to deep sounding for a rack tom on a four piece. If I'm playing as a five piece I use the 8x12 with the 9x13 more than I use the 10x14 with the 8x12.

On my kits that have a 20" or smaller bass drum and a 12 x 14 floor tom I prefer the 8 x 12 rack tom.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:47 AM
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:31 PM
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This vintage kit has a 12" x 8" and 13" x 9" rack tom over a 20" bass drum with a 16" floor tom. I like to use Evans G2 coated heads over G1 clear resonants. I've had this since 1965 and I really enjoy playing these sizes. It's just a bit different than my usual 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 22 bass drum set ups.



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Old 07-18-2010, 03:42 PM
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Thank you everyone for answering, much appreciated.
@Dennis, the vintage kit looks nice, the sizes that is, and everything too :)
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:50 AM
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Default Re: 13x10, 12x9 OR 13x9, 12x8

I've had all those sizes at different times, and I prefer the 8x12 and 9x13 sizes.
Plenty of attack, tone, body, etc...

And the positioning is better.

I wouldn't want a kit with deeper shells anymore, but, I have had the experience of the other sizes too... I don't find the "traditional" sizes lacking in anything.

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