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  1. Registered User

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    Default Third floor tom... placement?

    Hey gang,

    I'm particularly interested in perspectives from those with larger drum kits (though all are welcome!).
    I'm running double bass drums, 4 up, 2 down, and will be getting a third, lowest floor tom - an 18".

    8" 10" 12" 13" 14"Floor 16"Floor ...where to put the 18"Floor?

    Part of me would just run it off the end after the 14" FT and 16" FT but worry about getting stuck in the weeds that far around.
    Another thought is to take either that 18" FT and put it left-side (I play open handed, right-hand-kit) by itself... or maybe one of the other floor toms over left-side? Maybe add some unusual playing possibilities having a floor tom by the side snare?

    How do you balance interesting musical layouts and logical layouts?

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    14 on the left, 16 and 18 on the right. Or 18 on the left, 14 and 16 on the right.

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    Check out Todd Sucherman's setup up. Could be what you are looking for!

    http://www.toddsucherman.com/drum-studio/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrush View Post
    14 on the left, 16 and 18 on the right. Or 18 on the left, 14 and 16 on the right.
    This

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    Both Todd and Simon Phillips (when he had three floor toms) ran them in a triangle like setup on their right side.

    I personally think two on the right and one on the left of the hats makes the most ergonomic sense. But who am I to argue with those two!

    Try out all the options. That's the best part!

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    Benante does 16 on the left and 14/18 on the right. You could try this too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipodilski View Post
    Benante does 16 on the left and 14/18 on the right. You could try this too.
    yeah i always leans towards a larger floor tom on the left, in my mind it gives better range for crazy tom fills and tribal beats

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    I would be inclined to do the 14" on the left, and the 16" and 18" in the standard spot... I think using the bouncier\rounder timbre of the 14" would make for an interesting tone to sneak into some grooves. I find the average 14" sustains more than the average 16" or 18," resulting in a greater tonal contrast to the snare, even at a higher pitch. I think sneaking that drum into grooves on some offbeats would be cool. The dual 16" and 18" setup in the traditional spot would compliment each other, and produce the thunder we all want deep down inside our bones ha ha!

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    Thank you for all the great replies. I like the ideas of how you think about a musically and it's giving me a lot to go on.

    Although I have a somewhat larger kit I'm a bit squeezed into the corner of the rec room so placement actually might require a bit of effort. That's fine, but I'm also a creature of habit and if I start off with a certain set up I'll probably keep it for a while. It cuts down on confusing me if I mix things up too much. I'm leaning toward putting the 18 inch over on the left and spending time getting to know those offbeat drum hits and that sounds like it has some fun possibilities. Thank you everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipodilski View Post
    Benante does 16 on the left and 14/18 on the right. You could try this too.
    I had thought of this, but I usually lean to 16+18 together, with 14 on the left because, at least I think, 16 goes nicer with 18 in terms of progression - not such a big gap tuning wise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrush View Post
    14 on the left, 16 and 18 on the right. Or 18 on the left, 14 and 16 on the right.
    Like this. 14 left 16 & 18 right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumandFly View Post
    Check out Todd Sucherman's setup up. Could be what you are looking for!

    http://www.toddsucherman.com/drum-studio/
    Tony Williams was the first I saw to do that.

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