20x14 inch bass drum question


Greetings- I'm interested in getting a new 20x14 inch bass drum. I have an old that's real punchy sounding with reinforcement hoops (vintage Ludwigs circa 1967). Unfortunately it's been abused too death (even barely survived a flood) - so restoring it is not really an option.

My question is: if I'm going to get a NEW bass drum with these dimensions, do I need reinforcement hoops to retain that punchy sound? Or would I have to get a deeper shell like 20x16 or 20x17.5? I plan on sticking with North American sugar maple with a high gloss laquer.

Or would I be better off looking for a vintage kit with a 20x14 bass drum?

Any and all opinions welcome. Thanks!


Gold Member
If you are looking to reproduce that sound as closely as possible, then get a new drum that is as close as possible. I would think the re ring would be a vital part of that sound. Heads, and shell too.


Platinum Member
If only the wood was affected by the flood, strip all the hardware off your old kick, throw the wood away, get a shell and hoops off eBay (or where ever), and bang....your old buddied reborn. Here's a 20x14 shell with hoops on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/1967-Ludwig-WMP-Bass-drum-shell-hoops-20-x-14_W0QQitemZ140291656364QQihZ004QQcategoryZ10173QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Keller makes a vintage shell that is "very close" to the old Ludwig design (the A.I.T.link) is your hook-up there. I give 2 thumbs up for "going vintage".


Platinum Member
If you want more "punch", go with a smaller-depth shell. I would recommend checking out what harryconway suggested.


Thank you all for your suggestions! Very helpful. Now I just have to decide how many plies I want and whether to go virgin or not. Thanks again and cheers!