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  1. Registered User

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    Default Rocket toms vs roto toms?

    My current kit is for up and two down. My smallest drum is an 8 inch.

    I'm looking to fill in some of the higher end and am wondering about the differences and tonal qualities of rocket Tom's or Roto Tom's. Any thoughts?

  2. Dalmi Joedi - Jedi

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    Considering you have an 8” tom, I’d go with the rockets.

  3. Drumming Since 1943

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    RT’s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    RT’s.
    RT? that acronym works for both Rocket Toms & Roto Toms
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  5. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRDrummer View Post
    RT? that acronym works for both Rocket Toms & Roto Toms
    I realized that after I posted. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by LRDrummer View Post
    RT? that acronym works for both Rocket Toms & Roto Toms
    I realized that after I posted. Lol
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  7. Pearl Corporation USA

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    Always ROCKET TOMS
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  8. The Hardware Guy

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    Rocket toms are great but can be a total pain to position. Roto toms look pretty clumsy/unattractive, but are very handy and more flexible/adaptable than rocket toms. Both sound great live - I was very surprised at a recent gig where the drummer had a pair of roto-toms to the left of his hats, at just how good, deep and full they sounded. I also remember seeing Mike Mangini play with Extreme back in 1994 on a kit with roto's in place of regular toms, and it sounded great. But I think acoustically, rocket toms edge roto's for the better sound.

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  9. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrush View Post
    Rocket toms are great but can be a total pain to position. Roto toms look pretty clumsy/unattractive, but are very handy and more flexible/adaptable than rocket toms. Both sound great live - I was very surprised at a recent gig where the drummer had a pair of roto-toms to the left of his hats, at just how good, deep and full they sounded. I also remember seeing Mike Mangini play with Extreme back in 1994 on a kit with roto's in place of regular toms, and it sounded great. But I think acoustically, rocket toms edge roto's for the better sound.
    +1 on positioning.

    I’ve posted this before but Tama’s slide mounting system for their Octo’s eats Pearl’s clumsy system for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    But I love ‘em anyway.
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  10. The Hardware Guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    I’ve posted this before but Tama’s slide mounting system for their Octo’s eats Pearl’s clumsy system for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Absolutely. It walks all over every other mounting system (for these types of drum) there is, including L-arm. It's just so unobtrusive, minimalistic and simple. I've long said if I was to have a set of (custom) octobans/rocket toms/quarter toms/soprano toms/whatever you want to call them, I'd 100% had them made with no mounts, and then install Tama's original mounts myself.

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  11. Miles Gibbons

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    I think Rototoms look way cooler, and will give you a greater contrast in sound from your standard toms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAway View Post
    I think Rototoms look way cooler, and will give you a greater contrast in sound from your standard toms.
    Really?
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