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    Here is what I'm considering.......

    14X24 or 14X26 bass;
    one of my existing snares;
    6+8+10 RT....14+16 FT....all being Roto toms;
    Some large array of my existing cymbals.

    Anyone here ever build a kit with rotos as the toms?
    Give me the pros and cons.......
    Last edited by Ricardo; 11-28-2023 at 04:16 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post

    Anyone here ever build a kit with rotos as the toms?
    Give me the pros and cons.......
    The main issue I have with roto toms is they tend to sound thin and flappy. I partially corrected this by using 2 ply heads at the time. Pros are of course that they're easier to haul around and you have the ability to change tone at the flip of a wrist.

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    If you are going for a different look try one of those pancake or skinny bass drums.
    Rick


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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    The main issue I have with roto toms is they tend to sound thin and flappy. I partially corrected this by using 2 ply heads at the time. Pros are of course that they're easier to haul around and you have the ability to change tone at the flip of a wrist.
    Thank you Tom.
    I was also thinking of clear Emps for all Rotos....
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    Quote Originally Posted by slanddad View Post
    If you are going for a different look try one of those pancake or skinny bass drums.
    The look is important with this idea.
    The bass needs to be chrome or silver sparkle.....with a snare to match.
    I would also add a chrome reso head to the bass drum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    The main issue I have with roto toms is they tend to sound thin and flappy. I partially corrected this by using 2 ply heads at the time. Pros are of course that they're easier to haul around and you have the ability to change tone at the flip of a wrist.
    I found a good used set of the 6/8/10....got them assembled today and they are in unusually good condition....and they are the early chrome version.
    You are so correct....FLAPPY....and they sound best at the higher tones.
    But still pretty good.
    I'll order the new clear Emps and it will be an improvement.
    Now I need to find a good 14 and a 16.
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    After research and reviews, I ordered a new set of the Weiss 12/14 rotos......I'll let you know how they sound/feel/hold up.
    I'll try placing the 6/8/10 in the rack position and the 12/14 in the FT position.....I can add the 16, if necessary.
    Still looking for the correct bass drum....everything else should be ready to fly after hardware adjustments.
    Anybody out there selling a used 14X24 in silver sparkle???
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    I received the Weiss 12/14 set of roto-toms and the reviews are accurate.
    These frames are similar to the Remo black frames and the bolts are just as good too.
    The stand and the slide rail are also very good quality.
    For $199 new, this pair of rotos are well worth the price....except....
    The factory heads are trash; I will soon order new clear Emps for all 5 toms, 6/8/10/12/14.
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    Awesome... enjoy! Roto toms are fun!

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    I received the new heads yesterday for the rotos (6/8/10/12/14).
    I bought clear Emps to help eliminate the FLAPPY sound....will put them on soon.
    The 6-inch head was the most expensive.....!
    Still looking for an orphan bass drum that will fit in.
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    This last weekend was rain both days.
    I took the opportunity and packed away all the USA toms and replaced them with the rotos....I played the new setup for an hour or so each day.
    The new toms sound better than I expected....reminds me of the 70s when I was playing concert toms.
    I still need to find an orphan bass drum to add to the mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    ....reminds me of the 70s when I was playing concert toms.
    I know that sound! - Nice!

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    It took a long time, but I have "settled" on a bass drum choice.
    (I assume I can make any decent bass drum sound pretty good....usually isn't as difficult as the other drums in your set).
    I'm buying a Pearl bass drum....I never thought I would ever buy anything from Pearl (long story), but this kit will most likely be given to my grandsons at some point and I really won't mind too much if it gets ignored or scratched up.
    I like the looks of the drum because it is wrapped in "mirror chrome".....I don't care for the 18-inch depth but my other choice (Gretsch Catalina maple) is the same depth.
    With the right heads, either should sound great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    It took a long time, but I have "settled" on a bass drum choice.
    (I assume I can make any decent bass drum sound pretty good....usually isn't as difficult as the other drums in your set).
    I'm buying a Pearl bass drum....I never thought I would ever buy anything from Pearl (long story), but this kit will most likely be given to my grandsons at some point and I really won't mind too much if it gets ignored or scratched up.
    I like the looks of the drum because it is wrapped in "mirror chrome".....I don't care for the 18-inch depth but my other choice (Gretsch Catalina maple) is the same depth.
    With the right heads, either should sound great.
    I always liked the mirrored finish. Never owned any but they look really cool on stage and the lights reflect off them.

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    Exactly.....that is why I'm going with this bass.
    Like I said....I think I can make it sound good.
    The roto toms I bought are the older chrome frames.....it will all look good together.
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    Can't wait to see the picture.

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