This is a topic near and dear to me. Ten or so years ago, I saw the mighty Sinclair Lott playing with someone on the Craig Ferguson Show. He was using an old suitcase for a bass drum, and it sounded fantastic. I messaged him immediately about it and he shared that it was just a regular old Samsonite with a sandbag in it to keep it in place. The sound crew on the set mic’d it up normally.
Since then, I’ve been fascinated with the smaller gig kit concept and have put together many versions. It’s a practical thing, as many of the venues I play normally don’t allow drums. They totally hear with their eyes, and a normal drum set is frightening… “OMG, that looks so loud!” Blah blah blah.
Here are some of the small kits I’ve put together in chronological order up to my latest and greatest. I’ve put together many more than this but these were some of the more interesting ones.