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Old 02-16-2014, 02:59 PM
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I've always played 22" kicks, I don't know why really, just the way it was for me for ages. Recently when I had 4+ kits it made head sharing and logo'd head sharing much easier. I no longer have 4 kits, I'm just playing the SONORs, and have the TAMAs for gigging. The SONORs came with a 20" kick (it's 20"x 17.5") and after spending some time playing this thing it sounds Monstrous! I think I've purchased my last 22" kick. I don't see any advantage to the larger kick at this point (unless you're going 24" or 26"). I'm able to get everything from the smaller kick that I want. That said, I don't port my logo kick heads anymore... I'm interested in finding myself an 18 at this point. Much more space on stage without the monstrous kick, and the smaller ones fit in my car. The 22" fits in my car, but with the rest of the rig in there (I play a 4-5 or 6 pc kit when I play out depending on the venue, music, expected crowd...), I'm the only one who can fit in the car.

What about you guys, what size kick are you playing?
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:58 PM
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I'm using a 22 x 14 with a Powerstroke 3 and a center-ported reso---sounds HUGE, and has a small footprint on stage, in the studio, or in the car!
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:57 AM
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Re: Kick Size; What are you playing? ...


I really miss the 14" deep kicks. They sounded HUGE, and didn't take up as much space and were totally functional! Even the 20" kick on my SONOR setup is 17.5" deep. Still a large footprint depth-wise. Even the 'Bop' style 18" kicks are mostly 16" deep... I still love the 2-22"x 14" kicks on my 70s Ludwig Super Classic Silver Sparkle Dbl Bass kit. Man those kicks sounded huge.
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Ive been playing for 50 yrs. Have 2 sets 63 super classic Ludwig 20"bass and Quadro Plus Ludwig 22" Bass The early 3 ply basses allow sound to come from the sides as well as the heads of the drums 6 and 9 ply you only get sound from front head .So you can see why the thinner ply have more tone and sound.Generally the larger the drum is the louder they are. my 70 ludwig quadro set have no resonate heads on 4 toms {from the factory}and they are loud enough for stage work without Mics. I always run with front bass heads to give tone and depth.24 0r 20 depends on size of practice or gig area and how large is your vehicle for transport

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Ive been playing for 50 yrs. Have 2 sets 63 super classic Ludwig 20"bass and Quadro Plus Ludwig 22" Bass The early 3 ply basses allow sound to come from the sides as well as the heads of the drums 6 and 9 ply you only get sound from front head .So you can see why the thinner ply have more tone and sound.Generally the larger the drum is the louder they are. my 70 ludwig quadro set have no resonate heads on 4 toms {from the factory}and they are loud enough for stage work without Mics. I always run with front bass heads to give tone and depth.24 0r 20 depends on size of practice or gig area and how large is your vehicle for transport

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No Doubt, the Thin shelled basses on (particularly) my older kits (68 Ludwig Champ Sparkle) and I could usually get ANY sound I wanted from those kicks be it 20 or 22...
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I play a 24" x 20" and it is an absolute cannon.
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That's monstrous, but moving it in a case takes a good size vehicle; yes?
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Oh ya. The entire kit is monsterous so moving it takes a full size van. The bass isn't terribly heavy even in a hard shell case, but it would be a real drag to try and get it into hatch back.
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