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    Roto-Toms???

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    So can anyone tell me what good it would be
    To have only roto-toms on a drum kit?

    They should be used in conjuntion with real toms shouldn't they?
    Not just by themselves?

    My drummer is looking at a kit (he hasn't seen it yet)
    But the ad says roto-toms (leading me to believe there are no real toms.)

    Any good use for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disposable
    So can anyone tell me what good it would be
    To have only roto-toms on a drum kit?

    They should be used in conjuntion with real toms shouldn't they?
    Not just by themselves?

    My drummer is looking at a kit (he hasn't seen it yet)
    But the ad says roto-toms (leading me to believe there are no real toms.)

    Any good use for this?

    It depends on the drummer - the particular sound you want - the style of music, etc., etc., etc.

    I caught a heavy metal act once that was real good - and their drummer had no standard toms - only rotos.

    Myself - when i used them - it was in addition to my standard toms - and i only liked their sound on things that had a latin feel to them.

    So it's a personal thing -

    Rod

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    Thanks for the info...
    The band is a Punk/Metal band
    So I'm not sure that they would suit all that well.

    Also... does anyone have any samples of Roto-Toms I can listen to...
    I don't think I've ever heard one (Knowingly)
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    I don't have a sample. I do remember some bands from the 80's using them (in music videos and the like) but I think it was just for visual effect, because the sound that was in the songs was usually not rotos.

    They are tunable in pitch "on the fly" - by twisting the entire drum, the bearing edge pushes into the head via a threaded rod.

    The sound is very thin, bright, and "elemental" since you only get the tone of the membrane (head) and no shell or reso head comes into play.

    I've got a set in my attic. I guess that says what I think about them!

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    I had a guy come in with a whole kit of roto toms. It was interesting but not the sound you expect out of a drumset. Normally you see 3 of them on a stand, people use them to make their kit bigger for cheap. It turns a 5 piece into an 8 piece for about $100.
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    In the mid 80's van halen used a whole kit of rototoms. I think the album was 1984. Monster sized kit as usual, and all roto toms for the main toms. sounded pretty good.
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    They sound kinda like timbales, tuned a bit lower. They just have a similar sound. Kinda pingy and... roto tom-y?

    Eh. I don't like 'em too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geet73
    Eh. I don't like 'em too much.
    Eh. I dont like the music of the 80's too much. (roto-tom fills)
    But I do have a set of roto-toms locked up in a box in the basement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyd
    In the mid 80's van halen used a whole kit of rototoms. I think the album was 1984. Monster sized kit as usual, and all roto toms for the main toms. sounded pretty good.
    He was trigering most of it live. That sound worked for the album but it would be inappropriate in most circumstances.
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    Check out Terry Bozzio and Alex Van Halen

    Bozzio in the 70's and 80's used them almost exclusively. Van Halen used them for a while also. I would say the the biggest advantage in a rock situation is that they project very well and will cut through the mix easily.

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