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Drum Kit Sizes

The standard five-piece kit consists of a 22” (diameter) bass drum, 12” and 13” tom toms mounted on the bass drum, a 16” floor tom tom with its own three legs and a 14” snare drum, plus the aforementioned hardware n stands and pedals.

This configuration is often called the standard erock’ kit. Many manufacturers also offer an alternative with smaller sizes and call it their “fusion” kit. A typical fusion kit comprises a 20” bass drum with 10” and 12” mounted toms and a 14” tom suspended from a floor stand rather than mounted on its own legs. Don’t be put off by the terms “rock and fusion”. They are just convenient marketing terms.

Almost any kit can be used to play almost any style of music. Bigger drums are just a little louder and deeper sounding. The snare drums provided with starter kits have traditionally had chrome plated steel shells, which are the cheapest and easiest to produce.

These are either 6.5” or 5.5” in depth, again sometimes referred to respectively as rock or fusion sizes. The trend today however is towards including a wood-shelled drum n the implication being that this is up market from the standard steel shell model. This is not always the case in terms of performance. Since rather more craft is required to produce a quality wood snare drum, some may prefer the steel alternative.

Drums Sets and Sizes

The Drums

Drum kits or drum sets are sold as, well, sets. A drum kit can be described in how many drums it contains (including snares and bass drums). Most common drum kits are sold with five pieces: a snare drum, a bass drum, and three tom-toms. Beginner and most semi-professional drum kits also come with hardware such as a bass drum pedal, stands and tom mounts, drum heads (also known as skins) and some cymbals such as hi-hats, a crash and a ride. For professional drum kits the drum shells are usually bought and added with an existing set-up of cymbals, hardware and snares.

About Sizes

Drum kits vary in size from small jazz kits with a few key pieces to huge rock kits with dozens of drums, cymbals and percussion. Drums and cymbals sizes are usually listed in inches but many companies, stores and drummers also use centimetres. In North America drums are measured with the depth of the shell first and the diameter second. Most other places such as Asia, Australia, Europe and the UK list drums with the diameter followed by the shell depth.

For example, a snare drum can be listed as 5” x 14” (American) or 14” x 5” (Most other countries). This means that the drum is 5 inches deep and 14 inches across. The examples below use the European method

Standard Drum Set-Ups

Below are some of the more common five-piece drum kit set-ups

The standard five-piece drum set consists of the following:

  • 14 x 5.5 snare drum
  • 22 x 16 bass drum
  • 12 x 8 mounted tom
  • 13 x 9 mounted tom
  • 16 x 16 floor tom

A rock set-up (with power toms) consists of the following:

  • 14 x 6.5 snare drum
  • 22 x 16 bass drum
  • 12 x 10 mounted tom
  • 13 x 11 mounted tom
  • 16 x 16 floor tom

A fusion drum kit consists of the following:

  • 14 x 3.5 piccolo snare drum
  • 20 x 16 bass drum
  • 10 x 8 mounted tom
  • 12 x 9 mounted tom
  • 14 x 11 floor tom

A jazz drum kit consists of the following:

  • 14 x 5 snare drum
  • 18 x 14 bass drum
  • 8 x 8 mounted tom
  • 10 x 8 mounted tom
  • 14 x 14 floor tom

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