Did we move to shorter toms for practical reasons only?

May I just say don't concern yourself with what your drums look like (12x8's look like toys), instead find the sound you want to capture with the gear you have and don't worry about breaking any drum laws. Do it.
I know... but when I take my drum out on stage, it's an extension of me, an expression of my personality. A drum set says a lots of things about you and your band before you even play a note. So yeah, I obsess over looks, I probably have too much free time lol.
 

SomeBadDrummer

Platinum Member
I know... but when I take my drum out on stage, it's an extension of me, an expression of my personality. A drum set says a lots of things about you and your band before you even play a note. So yeah, I obsess over looks, I probably have too much free time lol.
Now you’ve hit a raw nerve. I can say nothing against your synopsis, it is absolutely true. I imagine at least 99% of pro/gigging drummers also agree.
 

BGDurham

Well-known Member
I have seen a few different charts offering different definitions of what are "FAST, standard, traditional, etc" tom sizes. My OCD yearns for clarity (surely there is an ideal, golden diameter-to-depth ratio?!?), but I guess there is none to be had, yet. As others have mentioned, it probably also depends on ply number and thickness and wood type and hoops and bearing edges and and and. For me, I have 12x9 and 13x10 toms mounted on my 22" bass drum and I wish they (or at least the 13) were an inch shorter (and I'm 6'2"). If my bass drum was 20" these toms would fit better for me, but likely look too big.

I have a 16x16 FT and I agree with ArtStar--what's up with that?

I do hear more and more drummers preferring shallower bass drums. I think 22x18 will become an increasingly rare size as manufacturers catch up to trends.
 

Tamaefx

Silver Member
I buy drums that I'm comfortable playing but first they must sound good. There are sizes I like and some that I don't.
My ideal sizes in a kit would be.......
22x16
10x8
12x9
16x16

None of my 3 kits have those exact sizes. LOL
This are almost the size I play and I dig. 22x16 is the perfect in between.
My toms are an inch deeper.
 

WallyY

Platinum Member
Those were probably at Bob Gatzen’s shop they were the Star Series - short stack single ply steambent toms with an 8 ply bass drum .
Here is a video of Chris Whitten playing his set .

Where was his shop, Northampton?
 
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