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    My kit just keeps getting smaller over the years. Big kits are fun but not so fun to carry.

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    The biggest for me is a 6 piece, but usually I play a 5 piece. Either 1 up 2 down, or 2 up 1 down. For quicker and/or smaller gigs I use 1 up 1 down. Every now and then I'll gig a 6 piece with a side snare. I usually only use 2 crashes and a ride. Sometimes I use 3 crashes and a ride.
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    Yeah, I don't see many two kick sets at the clubs anymore. When i do it looks like so much work especially if they have a rack! to go with it. But it does look cool. I've toyed with the idea of getting a second kick just to have in case we get a big stage to play on.
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    2 up 1 down has been my set up for years and I'm very comfortable playing either big or small kits.

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    I'm now using the smallest set-up I've ever played.............one up & two down...............but I use anywhere from 8 to 11 cymbals............I love the brass !


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    Quote Originally Posted by PHROGGE View Post
    Smaller kits require more imagination
    you can pull so many sounds out of
    the surface of one drum....
    If you are one with the drum,,,
    yer imangination can take you anywhere,,,
    enjoy da journey my phriends,,,
    This is exactly how i see smaller kits and why i love them. Brilliant way of putting it, Phrogge!
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    Depends on my mood really. But, if you're on a smaller kit and need more, there's not anything you can do about it, whereas if you're on a bigger kit, you don't have an obligation to play it all. Generally I prefer bigger. I don't think there's really a better or worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marko138 View Post
    My kit just keeps getting smaller over the years. Big kits are fun but not so fun to carry.
    ^^^ THIS ^^^

    Once in a while I get the urge to take a bigger kit out for a gig. Lately, I've been taking my Rogers Big R set out to gigs vs. my Pearls. It's a 2-22" kick, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 setup. However, I still haven't taken the whole kit out to a gig since the 80's. I've been contiplating taking the whole thing, but it will depend on the venue. And yes, I'll take pics to prove it.

    But, 99% of the time, I gig with no more than a 5 piece kit, 2 crashes, HH and a ride cymbal. Funny how that happens the older you get.
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    1-up-2-down
    Less is more for ME
    BIG-*** drums but not many of them
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    4 piece kit with hi hat, ride, and 2 crashes. That's what I play on and all I need. I play in a 90s cover band and anything beyond what I have now would be overkill for me.

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    When I first started playing it was a 6-piece kit (3 up, one down) with 2-3 splashes, a couple of chinas, several crashes, hats, and ride. My little band started getting popular, so we started getting more gigs. Went to a 5 piece kit after a few months along with fewer cymbals. We got even more popular, playing out almost every weekend if not 2-3 shows a week, I went down to a 4 piece, and this is where I've stayed for a long time. Even now that I don't move my kit every week (playing at church), it's a 4 piece kit with hats, 2 crashes, a ride and a splash.

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    I'm a 4 piecer, pretty much, but sometimes less for a small acoustic thing or something.

    Big or small, I suppose the set should facilitate the music you play. 4 piece is plenty enough for anything I ever play. I suppose if I had the opportunity to play more progressive stuff like Rush, Pink Floyd, etc... I would go with more sound sources (ie. drums and cymbals).

    all the best...

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    I play a 4 piece with hats, 2 crashes and a ride.

    I find that I'm much more creative on my 4 piece kit, if I play a bigger kit my fills get so boring! I just end up playing 16th notes around the toms, so the 4 piece suits me down to the ground

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    Both are great. With a big kit you have loads of sound colors if the music will work with them, which can allow for a lot of creativity. But a small kit can also allow for a lot of creativity because of the limited sound options. Either way I like having lots of different cymbal sounds. That is often more important to me than the number of drums.

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    A good drummer will be creative whether it's on a 10 piece set or a chair with 2 spoons.

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    Ehh well yes and no. Yes, they will display advanced technique and style. Also no, because you simply can't make the same sounds and arrangements as you can on a big kit. You just simply can not do the same things that you can on a big kit, if you are adept at playing them. They're different beasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    A good drummer will be creative whether it's on a 10 piece set or a chair with 2 spoons.
    BINGO!!!!

    all the best...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljmarch View Post
    And I don't really get how people hate electronic drums because they "feel different". I don't think they do. But to each his own.
    Umm... yeah, they feel different!! LOL. Oh, amateurs.
    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    A good drummer will be creative whether it's on a 10 piece set or a chair with 2 spoons.
    Ding, Ding, Ding... we have a winner!!

    I play what there is room for. I have a 7 piece (3 up two down, single bass, double pedal) and 2 hats, two rides, splash, couple chinas, and 6 crashes. I take it all and set up what I can when I can. That way I have my choice of drums and cymbals and am never saying "gosh, I wish I had...!"
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