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AndrewS.
04-29-2019, 02:49 PM
Hey guys, I currently play on the 24" decade maple bass drum. I only purchased it because it was 14" deep and seemed to fit a smaller footprint. Ive been playing on it for just over a year and I am not liking it all that much. Im really looking at going to 20". Has anyone played the 20"X16" bass drum? I may be purchasing a 20" soon, so if anyone want to swap Id be willing to. I have the gloss deep red burst by the way. Thanks for the input...

MusicMan
04-29-2019, 06:07 PM
Hey guys, I currently play on the 24" decade maple bass drum. I only purchased it because it was 14" deep and seemed to fit a smaller footprint. Ive been playing on it for just over a year and I am not liking it all that much. Im really looking at going to 20". Has anyone played the 20"X16" bass drum? I may be purchasing a 20" soon, so if anyone want to swap Id be willing to. I have the gloss deep red burst by the way. Thanks for the input...

Hi,

I've been playing a 20x18 kick drum for the past 15 years and like it very much. Besides the more convenient size (i.e. easier to carry and to mount toms above it), I find that it has the best balance between tone, punch, and volume. I would certainly recommend it.

I doubt if a 20x16 would be noticeably different. If the slightly smaller footprint is a big factor, I wouldn't hesitate to go with it.

MM :)

jmagnum
04-30-2019, 08:06 AM
20x16 is a great size. Stick to comfort and ergonomics first. A 20" bass drum will cover any genre of music with no issue.

AndrewS.
04-30-2019, 10:03 AM
I have the same series kit and finish at home that I play, but the bass drum is the standard 22x18 and I do like it. Im certainly not liking that 24" all that much. Plus it brings everything up in height, and I don't like playing up that high. Luckily I have my toms more offset to the side. I play open handed with my hats on top of the bass drum at home. I can't put my remote setup on the 24", it'd be too high. I definitely agree about the comfort and ergonomics first!

melvinspeed
04-30-2019, 11:20 AM
I have the same series kit and finish at home that I play, but the bass drum is the standard 22x18 and I do like it. Im certainly not liking that 24" all that much. Plus it brings everything up in height, and I don't like playing up that high. Luckily I have my toms more offset to the side. I play open handed with my hats on top of the bass drum at home. I can't put my remote setup on the 24", it'd be too high. I definitely agree about the comfort and ergonomics first!

What is it about the 24" you don't like? Just the size?

I only ask because while a 20" will definitely allow you to lower things to your liking; it will also feel different. So if you like the feel of the 24" kick; just be aware it's gonna be different with a 20" underfoot.

Bodgit
05-01-2019, 02:40 AM
My SRX bass drum is 20x16 and I like it a lot. I have thought about moving to a 22" BD should I buy a new kit but the 20" does seem so good, why change? I wonder if the additional volume and diameter would change the feel of the beater rebound

dale w miller
05-01-2019, 03:40 AM
Going from a 24 to a 20 is quite a jump. I wasn’t a fan of my 14x24 either. The tone seemed to come back at me too hard and I didn’t like the placement of the better. It seemed I had to sacrifice feel for tone.

I suggest a 14x20 or a 16x22 if you’re going for a change. I think the 20 is quite a jump. The 16x22 would be a much smoother change for you.

AndrewS.
05-01-2019, 08:08 AM
What is it about the 24" you don't like? Just the size?

I only ask because while a 20" will definitely allow you to lower things to your liking; it will also feel different. So if you like the feel of the 24" kick; just be aware it's gonna be different with a 20" underfoot.

Well aside from having everything higher up. I don't really like the feel of it. I only play it a couple times a week in our place of worship. I am sure there are other contributing factors that I have not addressed yet. The problem is I don't really have the time before service starts to really play with the tuning and get everything the way I want it. The kick is mic'd but I have to really stomp on the pedal. (May be a sound issue) What I have done recently is triggered my kick and ran it through my Alesis strike pad with a Simmons DA 200...That really gets the boom out. Acoustically it just feels dead. Its the only 24" bass drum I've played on. Im used to playing on a 22". My old export I still play has the 22x16 and my decade maple kit at home (hoping to sell) has the 22X18. I like them both. I thought about swapping the head out, but 24" heads are not cheap, and I am not really wanting to drop the money on something Im not really wanting to keep.

AndrewS.
05-01-2019, 08:14 AM
Going from a 24 to a 20 is quite a jump. I wasn’t a fan of my 14x24 either. The tone seemed to come back at me too hard and I didn’t like the placement of the better. It seemed I had to sacrifice feel for tone.

I suggest a 14x20 or a 16x22 if you’re going for a change. I think the 20 is quite a jump. The 16x22 would be a much smoother change for you.


I haven't really thought about it, but yes it is quite a jump. My old export that I have had since 1992 has the 22x16 so I am used to playing on the 22". My decade maple has the 22x18 and I like it as well. I also have an 18" bass that goes with my little pearl roadshow that I take inside friends and family's houses when we have get togethers.

The_Prowler
05-06-2019, 01:09 AM
I've got the 20" on my Decade kit, and I love it. As was mentioned above, it's got a great balance between depth, punch and volume. I have only a single towel in mine, and I'll position it differently depending on the venue (large rooms I'll just take it out, smaller/more echo-ey rooms will have the towel lightly pressed one or both heads) and it'll sound perfect no matter where I am. I had been wanting a 20" for years, and I'm glad I finally got one.

WhatIsIt
05-26-2019, 09:38 PM
Funny. I also have a 20x16 Decade kick. I was really surprised about the way it sounds (compared to my 22" MLX). Even though the Decade drum is smaller, thinner and probably around half the weight, it's got a crazy deep and punchy sound. I haven't compared them side by side but it's like the 20" Decade has more low end than the bigger MLX.

One reason for getting the Decade kit for me was also the desire for a smaller kick. I had become used to the way I had to set the MLX's up (you know those deep 80's style front toms? Yeah.) but I never really liked that aspect. After messing around with the Decades some more and recording them, I also realised they honestly don't sound any worse than the MLX's and I mean the entire kit. There's no relevant difference in the tone (I don't mean to say they sound the same, they obviously don't). To be honest, I'd probably sell the MLX's as I don't really need them... but unfortunately that's a bit difficult. They're way too good to sell for anything less than a 1000 bucks, but from what I've seen they're mostly being sold for 650 or something ridiculous like that. I would actually BUY an MLX set with a 20" kick if I spotted one that cheap :)

Thrush
05-27-2019, 10:54 AM
Going from a 24 to a 20 is quite a jump. I wasn’t a fan of my 14x24 either. The tone seemed to come back at me too hard and I didn’t like the placement of the better. It seemed I had to sacrifice feel for tone.

I suggest a 14x20 or a 16x22 if you’re going for a change. I think the 20 is quite a jump. The 16x22 would be a much smoother change for you.

I agree with Dale. 24 to 20 is quite a jump. Aside from sound, the feel will be totally different, head tension for a start. Your pedal will feel totally different as you'll either have to change the height of the beater to have it hit centre, which will change the balance, throw and feel, or keep it as is but it will hit off centre so again, the feel with the head will be totally different.

22 is a less dramatic change. 22x16 still has loads of punch and low end. If you want a flatter sound, you could go 22x14 instead.