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Old 12-25-2013, 03:05 AM
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So I'll be moving to a new school by the end of next year... That also means I'll be moving into a new apartment. Since space is obviously limited, I've been thinking of getting a custom kit with these sizes :
  • 14" X 3.5" snare
  • 12" X 8" rack tom
  • 14" X 14" floor tom
  • 18" X 14" bass drum

I don't want to get an e-kit... The feel is just... weird to me. Plus, the higher end e-kits cost as much, if not more than a custom kit.

What do you guys think? Feel free to leave any comments or suggest any size(s) that you think is the best.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:01 AM
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Before you jump the gun on a smaller drumset you may not be able to play a real drumset in your new apartment due to sound constraints. You could be better off looking into splitting a storage unit as practice space with a few other people.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:27 AM
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I say get a Sonor Safari or a Ludwig Breakbeats and be done with it. The Breakbeats even come with covers to keep them quiet. Think of all the money you'd save for books and tuition, and beer ;)
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14x5
12x8
14x14
20x14

...and get some mesh heads for quiet practicing!
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Ludwig breakbeats 14x16 kick 7x10 rack 13x13 floor tom 14 x5 snare
Great drum set I can travel to gigs by public bus -- it's that portable !!!
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:14 PM
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What are you playing now?
I play on a practice pad... for now. I'm saving up for a decent pedal and a Gibraltar practice kit.

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I say get a Sonor Safari or a Ludwig Breakbeats and be done with it. The Breakbeats even come with covers to keep them quiet. Think of all the money you'd save for books and tuition, and beer ;)
I might take a look into one of those. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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Before you jump the gun on a smaller drumset you may not be able to play a real drumset in your new apartment due to sound constraints. You could be better off looking into splitting a storage unit as practice space with a few other people.
Well, there's a reason why drum mutes are invented....

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20x14

...and get some mesh heads for quiet practicing!
Mesh heads eh? Where can I get them?
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:05 PM
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Can't go wrong with those suggestions. If it were me I'd look for some old Slingys in 20, 12, 14/16, but again, that's me.
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I guarantee you that you will not be able to practice in your apartment, with drum mutes, pads, or mesh heads. You'll still make too much of a racket. Your neighbors will be banging on your door within seconds.
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I guarantee you that you will not be able to practice in your apartment, with drum mutes, pads, or mesh heads. You'll still make too much of a racket. Your neighbors will be banging on your door within seconds.
I'm trying to find a way around the noise problem, but if all fails, looks like I have to search for a new place before I go then... Though I think finding a terrace house won't be easy in tiny Singapore.
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So I'll be moving to a new school by the end of next year... That also means I'll be moving into a new apartment. Since space is obviously limited, I've been thinking of getting a custom kit with these sizes :
  • 14" X 3.5" snare
  • 12" X 8" rack tom
  • 14" X 14" floor tom
  • 18" X 14" bass drum

I don't want to get an e-kit... The feel is just... weird to me. Plus, the higher end e-kits cost as much, if not more than a custom kit.

What do you guys think? Feel free to leave any comments or suggest any size(s) that you think is the best.
Since space is limited you may want to get a set of drums that are easy to fold up and store inside each other. So not use two heads on the bass, and floor tom, and store the floor tom inside the bass drum, and the over-head tom inside the floor. I do not understand the reasoning in going with a 3.5 deep snare unless you like your snare to sound like a toy drum.
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I do not understand the reasoning in going with a 3.5 deep snare unless you like your snare to sound like a toy drum.
I wouldn't go so far as to say a 14"x3.5" deep snare sounds like a toy. It's still a 14" drum with perhaps less body and more snare response. But I would say it's not worth getting a shallower snare to save space as the couple of inches saved is vertical and pretty irrelevant. Might as well go for a normal 14x5 or so unless you're specifically wanting a piccolo sound.
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I wouldn't go so far as to say a 14"x3.5" deep snare sounds like a toy. It's still a 14" drum with perhaps less body and more snare response. But I would say it's not worth getting a shallower snare to save space as the couple of inches saved is vertical and pretty irrelevant. Might as well go for a normal 14x5 or so unless you're specifically wanting a piccolo sound.
I'm looking for something with more definition and less volume, which is why I want a snare with those dimensions.
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I'm looking for something with more definition and less volume, which is why I want a snare with those dimensions.
A snare drum more shallow than 5" isn't any quieter, in fact, if anything, typically louder. Definition is a product of many features, not just depth.

A 20" x 12" deep bass drum will cut down on space taken, & offer a wide range of possibilities above those offered by an 18" drum.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:23 AM
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A snare drum more shallow than 5" isn't any quieter, in fact, if anything, typically louder. Definition is a product of many features, not just depth.

A 20" x 12" deep bass drum will cut down on space taken, & offer a wide range of possibilities above those offered by an 18" drum.
So what do you think is the most suitable snare size for jazz/world/fusion?
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I wouldn't go so far as to say a 14"x3.5" deep snare sounds like a toy. It's still a 14" drum with perhaps less body and more snare response. But I would say it's not worth getting a shallower snare to save space as the couple of inches saved is vertical and pretty irrelevant. Might as well go for a normal 14x5 or so unless you're specifically wanting a piccolo sound.
I was kind of kidding about the 3.5" snare. The inch and half difference in thickness does not make much of a difference in storage room. That was kind where I was going. But, I felt a perfect opportunity to take a stab at those smaller snare drums. I know it is personal taste, just as I would never be caught dead wearing an LA Dodgers hat.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:52 PM
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Alright guys, I've decided on the specs. Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
  • 14" X 5" Snare
  • 12" X 8" Tom
  • "14 X 14" Floor Tom
  • 20"X 12" Bass Drum
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Alright guys, I've decided on the specs. Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
  • 14" X 5" Snare
  • 12" X 8" Tom
  • "14 X 14" Floor Tom
  • 20"X 12" Bass Drum
I think you'll be quite happy with those sizes. Congrats and good luck! Oh, and make a thread showing them off when you get them--it's the least you can do! :D
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I would get nice wide wood hoops for that bass drum so that it doesn't look funny, but that's just me. I was going to recommend the 20" bass drum too when I first saw the thread, but I saw that it was already recommended. I think 20" is such a great size for a bass drum. I'm not too hip on the smaller bass drums (smaller than 20), but then again, I don't live in NY.
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I think you'll be quite happy with those sizes. Congrats and good luck! Oh, and make a thread showing them off when you get them--it's the least you can do! :D
Thank you.

But it's not actually... confirmed(?) that I would get the kit. I'll only start ordering if I ever find a house in Singapore. If I'm staying here, I'll just get myself a Catalina Maple or an EXX Export.
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I'll just get myself a Catalina Maple or an EXX Export.
You might struggle getting that 12" deep bass drum in those drums. 14" is more likely.
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