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    Quote Originally Posted by DRUMINIT View Post
    Anyone still interested in doing this?
    Here's a picture of a Pearl MCT 14x12 tom that I converted to a kick drum to make a "Martini" style kit.

    The key to getting the pedal to strike in the center of the 14" head was using the longer Pearl SP-70 spurs along with a JG-16 riser in the front. This enabled me to lift the 14" kick drum high enough.

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    Last edited by MusicMan; 10-05-2019 at 11:59 PM.
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    I could go for a 14" bass drum, except I already have it mounted above my 22".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterBlaster56 View Post
    I could go for a 14" bass drum, except I already have it mounted above my 22".
    I like your double hi-hats on the left side of the kit.
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    I built this up to keep bedside just for fun..and good therapy for my bad legs..
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    built the 10" floor tom ;-)
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    I have a 16” tom I converted to a kick and it feels really small. I can’t imagine what a 14” would feel like. To each his own, but it almost seems silly.

    What bass frequencies are you really getting?

    What setting would you use it and how often?

    Why would you chose it over something reasonably bigger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale w miller View Post
    I have a 16” tom I converted to a kick and it feels really small. I can’t imagine what a 14” would feel like. To each his own, but it almost seems silly.

    What bass frequencies are you really getting?

    What setting would you use it and how often?

    Why would you chose it over something reasonably bigger?
    That's my thinking as well... I'm perplexed by this recent batch of kits with 14x16 or 16x16 bass drums, that various companies have been releasing. To me, it makes a lot more sense to have a shallow 20". The depth is usually what eats up stage space, and you won't be sacrificing as much low end.

    Obviously this doesn't help, if you have a 14" that you want to convert, but I just feel like a 14" drum isn't going to do what you want a bass drum to do... especially for jazz, and latin... you want the warmth! I find the 16" kick drums are super punchy - maybe too punchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dale w miller View Post
    I have a 16” tom I converted to a kick and it feels really small. I can’t imagine what a 14” would feel like. To each his own, but it almost seems silly.
    I have 14" and 16" Pearl bass drums and I think it depends upon what they are used for. I wouldn't use either of them for a rock gig in a larger room. However, it's nice to be able to carry small drums when I occasionally play a wedding or other event where there's no need for excessive volume or larger drums.

    My 14x12 Masters MCT kick drum sounds pretty good with a standard Remo P4 batter head, but certainly can't compete with my 20x18 kick. The 14" bass drum has a lot of attack, but not much body.


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