This is a repost from another forum, but I'd like to hear some more opinions on this wacky idea:
Or of course, my newest creation... I call it "Tom Can Walk The Line":The following is a stream of consciousness. Fasten your seatbelts and follow the train, we'll all make it through this fine:
I'm not sure why, but I always enjoyed the deep, loud, booming tones larger drums can provide. I just do. I love boomy bass and I love toms that have thunder. This is probably why I went with a 1up2down configuration. Now, I hadn't been thinking about my sound for a while now simply because I can never practice with toms (living in an apartment complex does that). However, today I did a little drumset reshuffle to satisfy an experimentation urge.
While I was trying the setup out (with mutes on, of course), I noticed the 12" was a pain in the arse to reach. However, I never really pictured myself using it much anyway. In fact, playing around with the 14 and 16 felt natural, but everytime I threw the 12 in, I was thrown off. It's almost always been like this, though, no matter where I placed the 12"er.
And thus, the thought occured to me... do I even need the 12" tom? I love the left half of my kit and will not change it, save for possibly adding something (will touch on this in the next paragraph); The ride is so accessible, I *WANT* to use it, all the time. But the right side with its awkward 12" tom placement and cymbal booms that have to reach out very far looks unnatural and feels worse. What if I... got rid of the 12"er... so I guess that's my first big question: Are 12"/mounted toms really necessary and/or can I get by without them?
The second thought is that I love big boomy sounds... yes, a repeat of a thought, I know, but it ties back into how I began all of this. You see, I wanted to buy that 18" Mango burst tom for $240 a week or two ago... never did. However... it's still up for sale. And if I got rid of the 12"er, I could subsidize most, if not all, of this purchase (the only way I could realistically do this). The 18" would go on the left side of my hihat,
So my next question would be Is it practical/doable to play sounds with a 14/16/18 setup, all floor? In practical experience, I mean