Maybe? I don't know what sound or feel you're going for. Is there something specific you don't like about the 16?
I’m concerned how it will sound (as is, unmic’d) in that environment. Assuming things go well, there may be more gigs in the future. .
I wonder how many people who diss 16" bass drums actually gigged with one with PA support.
I gigged with a 16" Sonor Safari bass drum for several years, and I got nothing but massive complements on the tone. A decently tuned 16" bass drum, a well placed decent BD mic, and a good PA can create Any bass drum tone. Any.
Personally, I'd probably be more interested to play the Sonor. Stage Customs are well made, but I see them everywhere.
I see Toyota Camry's everywhere too. It doesn't mean they are bad cars (and I know this is not your point, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyways). Are you saying you'd be interested in the Sonors simple because you don't see them as often? If so, I get it. I enjoy playing a brand that's a little off the beaten path in these parts.
Interesting how this thread has developed. It seems like the vast majority don't think there is an appreciable difference between a 16" and 18". At least not worth trading in one for another. So the question then becomes a 16" vs. 20". The 20" appears to be the smallest most people will go for a BD they gig with. And I've seen on other threads the 20" x 14" seems to get the universal thumbs up from the drumming community. I wonder how many use a 20" or bigger because they are rock/heavy metal guys, and how many use a 16 or 18 inch kick because they play jazz/funk etc. Is it venue that determines size, or is it the type of music you play when buying???
For me it's the venue. I have a kit with a 22 kick but the whole kit is too much for some smaller gigs I play, so I got the smaller kit with the 16 kick (breakbeats) for those places, and it works really well.