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  1. Banned

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    Default Bass Drum - The Lowest Tone

    What dimensions will bring the lowest possible note to a bass drum? Is it the diameter? The bigger the better? Is it the depth? The deeper the better? Or does a more shallow profile work better? Is it the tonewood used? The plys - orientation - number of layers?

    And of course, I'm sure it's a combination of everything. The question is... what comes first in the equation? I'm no expert by a long shot - but I'm guessing (channeling Mr. Bonham) it's the diameter, then the depth... and a shallower depth... better.

    One of many things percussion-wise that has been going through my head.

    Thoughts? Adventures on this?

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    A shorter depth isnt necessarily better or deeper.
    What it does is allow the drum to respond and open up more quickly.
    This can be useful when playing larger drums where youre loosing a bit of response because of the diameter.
    Inversely...you can add a bit of boom and sustain to otherwise more articulate drums of a smaller diameter.

    Large diameter with shorter depth is popular because Bonham did it. It looks good. And you can get a very low note without everything getting too muddy. Quick and punchy while still vibrating the sternum.
    Last edited by PYRRHO; 09-11-2018 at 07:45 PM.

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