Ok some of you guys know that I play in a band that only uses mini intruments...... I think the mini guitars and basses are cool and everything, but I'm a little leary of buying a mini kit. I started the band, so I really shouldn't bitch. But I just wanted to get some feedback on travel sized kits. (Or on 16" bass drums in general).
Up untill today I thought I only had 4 options.
The first option was the kit that could fit into the front of a v.w. bug (I think it was a yamaha hip pig, or something like that.... ya'll probally know what I'm talking about.... the front part of the bass drum latched on, and you could fit all the other drums inside of it, and latch it all back together).
The second was buying keller shells and trying to make the kit myself. (This was a bad idea from the get-go.... I know nothing about cutting snare beds and things like that).
The third was having somebody custom build a mini kit.
*All of theese prices were a little more than I wanted to spend on a "third" kit.*
So the fourth option was to buy one of thoose sucky little kid drumsets (like the type my rich aunt bought me when I was 5, just so she could piss my mom off).
Untill I today I hadn't seen the light.....
I saw a 4 piece groove percussion "travelers" set at sam ash for 379. I don't think that's a ridiculous price to pay for that kit. And it did look like it was pretty decent.
But now, here's the real kicker (pardon the pun.) I'm also very interested in this kit.
But it is almost 200 more expensive, and not as small.....
Really there's only a few ways that I can justify buying a kit this small. The first reason is that I'm the drummer in mini mortem.
Also, I do from time to time play very jazzy surfy kind of tunes and my big "death metal" drums don't really give me the sound I'm going for.... Plus it's a real pain in the ass to have to keep tuning the bass drum up and back down over and over again. (I'm lazy)
The third reason, is that my Sonor Force Maple kit doesn't leave the house. Which only leave me with Tama Swingstars to get with. (I've gigging with a lot worse than that, trust me).
I also drive a compact, 2 door hatch back..... I have to fight a war with the car (and it usually wins) to carry a kit with me somewhere.
So I think I can fairly well justify buying a smaller kit. I think it'd be a really handy to have around.
Please let me know your opinions.... I'm leading towards the g.p. because it's cheaper. And I already have a pretty nice (to me anyways) kit. But the Gretsch would hold it's value better, and have a little more stage appeal. (I really don't need 2 rack toms for this band though......)
Any advice.... experience.... or suggestions would be greatly appericated. If anybody has a sound clip of a 16" bass drum, please let me hear it. Thanks a lot guys - Wil