In defence of multiple toms.

Dracovyrn

Senior Member
Next you'll be telling me that a 4 string bass player is better than an 8 string bass player.Horse hockey.

Steve B
I'm actually also a bass player. I use a six string. I can tell you that what you say is a is on the edge of the target. Yes, a player can do more, and better players can use more strings. But in the end, It's the bassist who's truly what's important. It's his style, what he plays, and how he does it. He has to have good fingers and hands, especially when he gets to slapping. I don't believe it's the tools, it's how you use it.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Lunar Satellite Brian;1158829 Generally I'm sick of this discussion said:
I get ya.

You know what it is? If had a couple of guys with a box truck to transport my stuff around everywhere and set it up and tear it down, I'd be rolling like Billy Cobham in the 70s. It really is how you use the stuff though, or if you choose not to use it, that's cool too. I'm over it. I use what I use.

Next week I could be using bigger, or smaller. It's all good ;)
 

whiteknightx

Silver Member
Confessions...
I like multi tom kits. I find 4 pc kits boring.
I like to clean my cymbals. I love clean shiny cymbals.
I like using Remo Pinstipe heads sometimes.
I always wanted a set of bar chimes. I have no idea what I'd use them for.
I can't hear the difference in higher end kits from intermediate level.
I really only need one snare drum. I own 3, but always go back to numero uno.
I really enjoy playing my electronic drum kit as much as my acoustic kit. Sometimes more.

Ah that feels good to say! I don't think I need to go to Drummers Anonymous anymore.
My best drummer buddy is the exact opposite from me on all these subjects.
 

bigiainw

Gold Member
I get ya.

You know what it is? If had a couple of guys with a box truck to transport my stuff around everywhere and set it up and tear it down, I'd be rolling like Billy Cobham in the 70s. It really is how you use the stuff though, or if you choose not to use it, that's cool too. I'm over it. I use what I use.

Next week I could be using bigger, or smaller. It's all good ;)
So do those 2 guys and the trailer come as a package deal with a bigger kit? if so, I've been duped, because I didn't get mine with my kit!

Damn!
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
In the context of the way it's presented across the majority of arguments I read on the internet, it's a load of crap, Chunk.

Is Jojo any more creative than Bozzio....or are they just completely different? Something to be celebrated in spite of how many friggen' toms they choose to play, rather than defined by it alone?

Less IS more........unless more is required (or even dare I say, even desired).

Anyone trying to sell me an absolute one way or another, is full of it.....pure and simple. I've seen too many players blowing my mind on small and large kits alike to ever believe otherwise. Despite what I read on drum forums.
Well said Pocket, well said.
 

whiteknightx

Silver Member
Shout it out brother!!!! Bar chimes are cool again (or at least, that's what I keep telling myself)


I was starting to like you until you got to this point ;) You need to try a Guru :)
I don't think there are any Guru drums in the wilds of Canada are there? I'd love to see them!
 

last man to bat

Senior Member
I love the sound of toms! I will happily strike a tom until the sound dies then move to next one and repeat across my three toms just for the shear pleasure the sound gives me. Every time I gig I imagine the audience looking at me in wonder of how beautifiul my toms sound... two toms would never satisfy my ear Andy, I'd take on more if I could be bothered to set them up.
 

madidus

Senior Member
I'm working OS with lots of travel involved, so have not been able to follow DW much for the last few years, but I caught this thread. I like Andy's approach to answer the question he'd asked of himself (and the video footage of course made me feel more inadequate about my skills, especially now that all I have is a practice pad during my travels).
In the subsequent discussion that evolved, it might be worth looking at the following pictures and link, which support the hypothesis that you can play pretty much any type of music with a small or a large kit, it's whatever works best for the drummer playing the kit. Of course, if you're playing in a true-to-the-original covers band, that may be more difficult on a very different kit.

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84806
 

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FoolInTheRain

Senior Member
I used a 4-piece kit for the first 10 years of my drumming, but I've since switched to a 2 up, 1 down setup and I can't imagine going back to a simple 1 up, 1 down. I think I've found a pretty good happy medium with what I have now, especially with fusion sized toms over a 20" bass. I just love having the 10" and 12" toms right next to each other because it's given me so many more options for fills.

Not knocking the 4-piece guys at all. If you can get it done with 4, great.
 
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