Added to my alternative set-up (as discussed a few days ago on this blog) is a Wuhan China cymbal on the right side, which is mounted on the same cymbal stand where my two low toms are suspended. I used the boom stand from OTG's house kit for my ride cymbal.
So, after the gig, I'm able to assess this set-up's pros and cons. I'll start with the cons...
- This set-up has a bigger footprint, which can be a concern on tight spaces and small stages.
- I'm still pretty much used to my kit's more compact original set-up. On the old set-up, tom fills were easy because all the toms were lined up together, and it was compact. Now, I have to reach further, especially when crossing from the 10" tom going towards the lowest tom, and back. Because of that, I have to adjust the multi-tom rolls and fills that I often enjoy playing.
- My cymbal boom stand's tripod doesn't completely fold because a tom holder's clamp is on the way (the tom mounts' clamps are both mounted on the same spot; see Part 1 blog for photo reference). So during tear-downs, I need to remove the lower clamp so that the tripod legs would fold neatly for transport, which is an annoyance for good old obsessive-compulsive me.
- I love grooving more than ever. And this set-up makes me groove even more. It must be psychological... The fact that I don't see all my toms all at once when I'm faced front & a closed pair of hats are directly in front of me, it somehow makes me focus more on grooving, which is a very good thing for me.
- The closed hats set closer to me is such a huge convenience. Plus, it's allowing me to become creative, particularly with the use of both the main hats and the closed hats for grooving.
- Visually, the set-up looks so cool.
SOLUTIONS AND APPLICATIONS:
- In case I don't have enough space, I can go for a two-tom set-up (the 10" in front, and either the 12" or the 14" low on my right).
- I'll be working more on adjusting my favorite tom fills.
- I'm looking forward to having a second crash cymbal on my right side, just above the low toms, to help make things easier for me.
- A dedicated double tom stand would also help make things easier for me.
- When I already have an additional 8" tom, I'll place that next to where the 10" tom is right now. That would make me adjust my left-side crash and splash cymbals.
- A few more cymbals and a tom, and that's it... It's my full drum set-up!
Okay, that's it for now. Comments and suggestions are welcome.