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Old 12-18-2010, 09:38 PM
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I got this idea from another thread http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...669#post777669 and figured we got all these other picture threads, why not one without rack toms?

So here's my PDP with my Z customs was a five, now a 4 and im lovin' every minute of it
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:04 AM
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my setup is a lot like this. only i have a 16 inch floor in front of a 12 inch rack, both to my right
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:33 AM
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from a month or two ago? or longer, i forget.


set up i used with my last band.


didn't really like this set up. i love the feel of a kit with no rack toms, but after doing that for over a year i kinda wanted some more toms again and tried this. now i'm back to a more "traditional" set up with a 1-up 1-down. happy. :)
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:08 PM
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I've been playing three-piece for eight years or so. Pictured is my setup, the bass and floor belong to the bass player, my set is an old red sparkle Pearl, I'll get a picture Sunday. I used to play in allot of different bands from jazz to hip hop to metal to oldies but I'm only playing church music now. I'm having a great time with it, we're really changing up the music parts and having allot of fun with it.

I've got an old MIJ 20" sizzle ride, an old Zildjian 18" crash and UFIP 14" hats. I'm using a 13x3 steel piccolo now but the one in the picture is an off brand 14" x 4.5" snare. I've also got the LP cowbell and mount that I got for free from GC, it was a used bargain bin special that was screwed up in the computer, they ended up giving it to me for nothing, further cementing my loyalty to their store.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:27 PM
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already posted on other thread but might as well again here
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:31 PM
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Here is the extremely rare occasion I don't have a 26 or 28 kick live. I always play a 3 piece, just 99% of the time not with a 22. This pic is from halloween

22x14 Ludwig Chome-o-vistalite bass
16x16-Ludwig Chrome-o-vistalite floor tom
14x5 77 Ludwig acrolite

sounds awesome mic-ed up, but I look weird with a 22 I think.
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:52 PM
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I ran this setup for a couple of months. Fun, but ultimately limiting for the straightahead style of rock we play. The symmetrical thing was great though, and I did it partly to inspire myself to get my left hand lead stronger. It worked well, and I play more and more left hand hihat now, even though I'm back to my normal 1-up 2-down setup again.

Pardon the crap pictures, they were snapped with a bad cell phone camera.


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Old 12-26-2010, 07:17 PM
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Finally got a picture of MY set. Old Pearl set, three ply mahogany with reinforcing rings, 22x14 bass, and 16x16 floor tom. My 13x3 piccolo snare. 14"UFIP Bravo hats, 18" Zildjian crash (Old A?), my 20" MIJ sizzle ride and my new 21" Sabian HH raw bell dry ride.
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:41 PM
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If rackless is what you want, rackless is what you get....
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I used this set up for one of my bands when it started. This was about 4 years ago.
I really like the feel with no rack tom.
I went back to using one tom and a "regular" type cymbal set up after a while though.


I've used a left side ft for many years and love it. I sometimes use 2 on each side and that's a (L)14-16, (R)16-18 set up.
It's really fun, but a lot of stuff to haul.

I still use 1 tom, but I've been using only 2 cymbals lately (a 24 and a 20), and I really like the feel of it.
Sometimes I use more, but I really like just 2 cymbals (and hats and my gong).

Don't feel like I'm "missing anything" when I use the 2 cymbal set up either.
AND it's fast and easy packing up and a really light cymbal bag!

I don't know why I had the gong up so high though...

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:16 PM
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I've tried playing with a left FT for a little while. It didn't really work out for me though, i couldn't reach it. Anytime i did try to hit it it would throw of my playing. I coulnd't imagine having to toms off to the left.

Do you ever have trouble using them?
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:53 AM
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from a month or two ago? or longer, i forget.


set up i used with my last band.


didn't really like this set up. i love the feel of a kit with no rack toms, but after doing that for over a year i kinda wanted some more toms again and tried this. now i'm back to a more "traditional" set up with a 1-up 1-down. happy. :)
wow are those ozone hi hats??
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:55 PM
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I guess i shouldve named this thread 'show us your rack tomless set ups' not rackless
Hm.. oh well
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Haha, I thought the same when I saw Harryconway's post :D
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This is my mutt setup. The bass drum is a "Sunlite", made in taiwan, it is 22x16. The floor tom used to be a CB700 rack tom, it's 14x12. The snare is a no name 13x3 steel piccolo. I've also got a 14x5 wood snare. All the drums used in this setup were free, I've got a nice set of old Pearls, but find myself liking these drums allot more. One day, I'll re-wrap them all in black sparkle.

I'm using a UFIP Bravo 14" top hat and a cut down (to 14") Zildjian Avedis heavy crash, with a couple holes drilled in it. I also use my Sabian 21" HH Raw Bell Ride, with a sizzle chain. On occasion I use an old 18" Zildjian Avedis medium crash. All the cymbals complement each other very well, took me ten years to get them just right.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:52 AM
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Me 3-piece Spaun/Legend/Zildjian/Sabian/LP kit.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:25 AM
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Mine doesn't really qualify, having no toms at all, but I need practice with my new mini-camera.

Here's the long view.I like how it looks set up across from the '69 Super Reverb.

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My rack tom-less kit is posted in the Ludwig Centennial thread in the Your Gear section.
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Here they are .
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Mine doesn't really qualify, having no toms at all, but I need practice with my new mini-camera.

Here's the long view.I like how it looks set up across from the '69 Super Reverb.

I believe Kenny Clarke played a similar setup back in the day - looks great!
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Haha, I thought the same when I saw Harryconway's post :D
OK .... no rack ... no toms .... simple ...
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Me 3-piece Spaun/Legend/Zildjian/Sabian/LP kit.
Wow, that's hot. I love black sparkle.

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Mine doesn't really qualify, having no toms at all, but I need practice with my new mini-camera.

Here's the long view.I like how it looks set up across from the '69 Super Reverb.
Very cool picture. I dig the set too.
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OK .... no rack ... no toms .... simple ...
Haha, I love that :p
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:20 AM
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I love the 2 and 3 piece kits.
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This is my current set up, I have a 10 and 12 inch tom with this kit, but there off for now.

I'm starting to like this setup.

I should be replacing the cymbals soon hopefully.

I put a wallet on the floor tom that I found laying around my house.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:44 AM
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how can you play a drum set without any rack toms
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You take off the rack tom.
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i play my set with 7 toms 2 snares and 1 bass
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Well it's all preference, just because I play with one floor tom doesn't make it unplayable.
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how can you play a drum set without any rack toms
It's about deciding which sounds are wants and which sounds are needs, then learning to want only what you need. If you need more sounds than your creativity can pull out of three drums, then by all means, use more.
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i play my set with 7 toms 2 snares and 1 bass
how often do you use and utilise all of those toms on your kit? i mean unless you're simon philips or gavin harrison or someone similar who actually plays a lot of melodys and tune your drums to notes then i don't see the point in having so many toms
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I like to play stuff like Avenged Sevenfold sometimes and I can still utilize one floor tom into some of the songs without sounding bad haha.
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Like this, for example:
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i play my set with 7 toms 2 snares and 1 bass
That's fascinating. How do you play the drums with seven rack toms?
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i play avenged seven fold with 2 toms....

this is a better example of no rack toms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7scPZS3zfKM
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i play avenged seven fold with 2 toms....

this is a better example of no rack toms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7scPZS3zfKM
Technically, Travis uses a 12" rack tom, he just mounts it on his left.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:25 PM
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its not really rack mounted though... its on a snare stand, and he used to use a 12" snare there in place of the tom...
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actually its with 2 floor toms so i play 5 rack toms. but it takes skill
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actually its with 2 floor toms so i play 5 rack toms. but it takes skill
I used to play a set larger than yours, but as my abilities increased, the size of my set decreased. You should try paring down to a three piece, you might be surprised how nice it is. I've been playing a three piece for eight years now, never thought about going back.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:43 PM
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Started out as a five piece guy, then went to three piece after seeing it used by many good drummers, then now with my one floor tom I actually started doing that because I was still tuning my rack tom so it was off the kit and I started playing it with one floor tom and I actually enjoyed using just that.

Oh, and Travis Orbin is beast.
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