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  1. 1023 yards in one game for Bo!

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    Lately I have been really into getting a new bass drum for my starclassic maple kit. I was going to order an 18" bass drum, but might order a 16" floor tom an convert it to a bass drum. I have done this before, but not the way I want to do it this time. My question: Has anyone ever done this and put Bass Drum hoops on their 16" floor tom to make this conversion possible?
    My name is Matt. I went to Temple. I love jazz. I was born in 1982.
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  2. Abomination of desolation

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    Seen it on 18 floor tom so why not? Get a cradle or a base to lift and keep it in place like the dw,gibraltar or pearl system and upload the pics!!!
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    Finding wooden hoops for a bass drum that size would be difficult. You can always get the yamaha wooden hoops, but they are the claw-less type which would defy the point of getting bass hoops. You should hunt around custom companies who have a mold for the clawed wooden hoops. You should also see if Keller has them. You could try and contact a Keller distributor and see if they make them (I think they do). To properly do it, you need to buy bass drum lugs. Why? Because the bass drum lug us bigger and it spaces the tension rod farther away from the shell to allow the claw to properly grasp the thicker hoop. Also buy matching spurs and lugs to match your other bass.

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    Putting wood hoops with claws on a floor tom may also change the angle of the tension rod so that it will not go into the lug or puts abnormal pressure on the lug/rod.

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    I have been thinking about converting a 16 or 18 lately. I have never done it before so keep us posted! :P
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    First look at this thread I've made last year.

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    Wood hoops are available from keller in 16" and they are affordable.
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  7. 1023 yards in one game for Bo!

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    Thanks for all the help everybody. Mind Drummer, great links. I am still not sure if I am going to do this or just buy the 18" bass drum. It is for jazz, and I really love tiny bass drums (Jungle kit is what I used about 5 or 6 years ago for jazz). I just worry about limiting myself. I feel that an 18" bass drum would be more versatile than a 16" floor converted to a bass drum.
    My name is Matt. I went to Temple. I love jazz. I was born in 1982.
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    My 18" is a converted floor tom. I'd still be waiting for a proper 18" kick, since they don't make my line anymore (Sonor Hilite).

    There's a trend for kits with 16" kicks. So, you should have no problem finding hoops these days. But, expect to PAY. Quite a bit. And you'll have to buy longer tension rods, and claws. It will most likely end up costing more for the conversion, than just buying a 18" kick already set outright.

    Most of the time, drummers convert the floor tom because it's not being used as such. If you want a bass drum, buy a bass drum, but if you want a floor tom that moonlights from time to time as a bass drum, there's a different story.

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    I've converted an old 16" floor tom into a bassdrum. But I suggest making some kind of gaskets to place under the lugs to prevent bad angles.

    Here´s a pic while in the making (sorry about the low quality picture):


    I also converted a 13" tom into a floor tom (pictured above) using the legs from the converted floor tom.

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