Fusion versus standard kits
Posted 30 May 2008 - 07:42 PM
Posted 30 May 2008 - 08:27 PM
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 02:06 PM
Posted 31 May 2008 - 02:14 PM
My kit is actually kind of a hybrid. It didn't come with a 14", but did come with a 16." The floor tom has a deep rich tone. I was thinking about adding a 14" later, though. Thanks for the advice.
Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:20 PM
Maybe you could move the 12" tom over to where the 13" is now and add a 10" in the vacant spot. Then later you can get the kit of your dreams and make me jealous. I'm having a ball learning to play the drums, so I guess I shouldn't sweat what I have. Keep drumming!!!
Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:16 AM
Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:55 AM
Personal preference. I much prefer fusion sizes since it offers a broader and more even tuning range. A 1" jump then a 3" jump in diameter doesn't make sense to me. The 2" jumps in fusion sets, does.
Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:33 AM
This post has been edited by pearl0863: 03 November 2009 - 12:43 PM
Posted 03 November 2009 - 11:00 AM
I own a Ludwig Classic Maple that has even bigger sizes than a standard. It's a shallow 13 and 14 on the rack and 16 on the floor. If they are tuned properly, I love the deep sound of my big toms and the tuning can be spread to sound like a 12, 14, 16.
Now as far as the fusion sizes go. I now like another fusion set even the same model as the one I don't like I mentioned above. The difference is all in the heads and tuning. To get them having a nice somewhat deep tone, but still be fusion sizes is by using Remo pinstripe or Evans EC2 two ply heads. I recently tuned a fusion set to sound awesome with Remo pinstripes.
The set I did not like was one that has single ply Evans G1 coated on all the toms and stock resos. The person who installed and tuned them tuned them really high and they did not sound good at all. Also, the heads went without tuning for a very long time.
One advantage of the smaller toms is that they are not as deep (dimensions) on typical sets making it easier to go from snare to the toms. Also, smaller sizes and higher pitches (but not too high to sound bad) give you more rebound and help you play rolls and such on the toms a little faster. Try play a roll with sticks on a loose bass drum. You get the point.
So, for me. I can be happy with standard vs. fusion. It's all in the tuning and type of heads. I think perfect for me might be 10, 12, 16 on the floor (instead of 14).
The one thing I still don't like are sets with only one rack tom and one or two floor toms. I don't see the advantage there. Maybe having access to a closer ride cymbal or something or having to lug one less drum??
This post has been edited by dantheman2: 03 November 2009 - 11:11 AM
Posted 05 November 2009 - 08:58 PM
That's the beauty of a Mapex Bass Plus Fusion Pop 22 kit. It already has the 8" tom along with the above configuration (and a 22x20 virgin bass).
This post has been edited by Poco Askew: 05 November 2009 - 09:03 PM
Posted 05 November 2009 - 09:27 PM
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