Paul Marangoni wrote:Odd-Arne Oseberg wrote:
So I guess 14" is classic, but 16" would be more versatile.
Not at all. The only benefit to the 16" depth is the ability to position the tom mount on the bass drum further away from the batter side. When it comes to sound and feel, 14" is what you want.
The real issue is the 18" bass drum itself. They're not for everyone. 20" is usually a better choice (also in a 14" depth).
Yes, good comments, agree. If you do all kinds of music, acoustic, jazz, pop, go for a 20x14. An 18" is "different", try a 16" tom as a kick to get a feel for it. 20x14 is my "to go" kick.
(Then there are players like Gadd that uses the same 22" for everything, as Vinnie, most of the time)