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    I always see drummers using 4 piece drum sets. (mainly rock)

    and then I see other drummers with a 5 piece, why wouldn't you want a 5 pieces? that extra mid tom is so use full sometimes.. anyways, tell me what you guys think of the 2 setups.

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    Since I bought my set, I've always been happy with just 5 pieces being a snare, bass, and three toms. Now that I've experimented though, I'd really like a few more octave tone like 6 toms.
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    My first set was a five piece, and I learned a lot. I thought the sound was decent, and I could be creative. Now I have a six piece set, and I love the extra tom. I love being able to have the extra tones to work with.

    On the other hand, the drummer that I will be taking lessons from says that a really good drummer can make a four piece set sound much bigger. I'm looking forward to working with this guy!
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    thats so true bob. you can make a snare drum and 1 tom sound good, it all depends on what you know.

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    i say listen to the like-- they're drummer is amazing, and she only has like a bass, snare, and a floor tom from what i remember when i saw them live...and like a crash and ride were the only cymbals (and hihats of course)

    but yes her sound was very full and she played them great, and banged her head righteously the whole time

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    I have a 6 peice (2 rack 2 floor), but for shows and such I like to just take the 2 floor toms and put the smaller 16" one where i would normally put the rack toms. I like doing that because i had never seen it before and i just like to try different things. Re-arranging my set up is like the funnest thing ever, if i get like a really sweet idea. Howver it can be the biggest pain in the *** when yo have to move things and you drop stuff. haha

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    I dont know why anybody would WANT fewer toms. You could be good enough to play something amazing with 2 toms but even then you'd be better with 3.

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    i think the only benefit of having 1 tom is that its less to carry. I usa a 6 piece setup of 1 bass, 1 snare, 3 tom tom's, and 1 floor tom...im really happy with it

    tom sizes are 10,12,13, and 16

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    it all depends on the needs of the music.

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    In my eyes, it only matters if they get the sound they need out of the kit. If they need a huge 12 piece or something to do that, that's fine by me, so long as they put it to good use and create something awesome. If they've got a 4 piece, you'd just expect them to murder it really.
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    I have a friend who is a great drummer, been playing forever, and he comes over here and plays Rush exactly perfect on our litttle set, I don't know how, what with much fewer pieces, it always amazes me.

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    You got it ethel. Alot of people care about what i call. The wank factor :P

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    If you gave me a bass drum, a snare drum, a hi hat and a ride, I'd be happy. Who needs toms! :p
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    I started out with a 5-piece kit and I play an 8-piece now (1 bass, 5 toms, 2 snares) and the versitality of having more pieces is great. There is a point (I think I'm almost there) where you can have too many pieces. If your playing a club or something like that, you don't really need all those different pieces ( I usually gig with 6) and I sure as heck don't want to carry and set-up/tear down a monster kit. If I had a roadie, you bet my whole kit would go every time, but alas, that is just a dream right now. Now for recording, the more pieces the better. Especially if you are a dynamic player and not someone who just beats on the drums. The tonal variances of having more toms creates a whole musical spectrum that can fill any void and create melody where there usually is not.

    My conclusion: More is better, unless you have to carry it!
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