Tom position relative to kick drum

Durbs

Senior Member
Something I've noticed but wasn't sure if it was down to the drummers limb-length or drums, or a combination of, but where do most people's rack toms sit relative to their kick drum?

I've seen some where the high or mid tom is "within" the space of the kick (i.e. it doesn't extend over the batter of the kick drum):


to others some where 50% of the drum is hanging over the batter.



There's lots of factors coming into play I'm guessing - tom-depth and snare-height both would affect how close things could get. Then length of legs (for kick position) and arms (for tom position), and overall height which to an extent dictates how flat you can sit your toms and hit them correctly...

This is purely out of curiosity, not thinking there's a "right" answer :)
 

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
I'm a one up-two down guy, so I have the single rack just off center of the kick. My ride occupies what would be the second rack, so it feels good all around.
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
I prefer my rack tom sit right in front of the snare. However, there are a couple of shared kits I play from week to week where the rack tom is altered slightly.
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
I'm tall, and my toms are positioned about half their width over the kick's batter head. Just a bit closer to me than tom 2 in your second pic.
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
There's lots of factors coming into play I'm guessing - tom-depth and snare-height both would affect how close things could get. Then length of legs (for kick position) and arms (for tom position), and overall height which to an extent dictates how flat you can sit your toms and hit them correctly...

This is purely out of curiosity, not thinking there's a "right" answer :)
This is exactly why. People are (ideally) going to set up so that nothing feels like a stretch for them and everything feels like it's naturally under the sticks.

My rule of thumb is to place everything where it's possible to play on top of it, rather than into it; never twist your body more than 45 degrees in either direction; and never put anything where you need to fully extend a limb to play it.
 

Morrisman

Platinum Member
I like the bottom edge of the tom over the edge of the bass drum, so the top edge is a little closer than that.
It has a lot to do with how high your seat is, which affects how far your leg has to go to reach the pedal. To me, the snare and tom are fixed, and the bass drum moves closer or further depending how much I want to be above the bass pedal rather than reaching out for it.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I like my rack tom to be a bit closer than the rim on the kick. It's almost dead center in line with the snare. I play my pedals in the center of the footboard so I need the kick a bit farther out.

My own personal rule of thumb: if I can't touch the center of the head or wingnut on the cymbals with either hand, from the throne without leaning forward, it's too far away.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Not gonna be one size fits all thing.

I've only had a 4-piece with minimal cymbals set up in the shed for a couple of years. When I now recenly put up the 6-piece again I pretty much solved the ride issue by rasing my throne a bit. I guess I was less hung about it too, as I don't have much access to my own kit these days.
 

NickCesarz

Junior Member
I just adjusted my playing set up recently. I wanted to try my rack toms a little more to the right, as they used to sit way far to the left, so my ride cymbal could come in further left over the bass drum. I'm really liking how this is feeling.

Edit: I realize now you mean in relation to the kick head. I see mine are rather deep in comparison. Never thought about this.. just set it up where it felt comfortable.
 

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Darth Vater

Senior Member
Set them up so it's comfortable. It can very depending on the size of the bass drum and the depth of the rack toms.
 

notvinnie

Senior Member
You need to have your snare drum positioned properly first, and then you can position your tom-toms so that they're comfortable to play properly. If you have your toms higher, you can bring them closer and tilt them. If they're as low as they'll go, the tom in front of the snare will be a bit further.
 
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