LONG time since I visited rmmp but now I found Google groups. Home again :-)
9 months late but on topic: 2 yrs ago I bought me a Whitney kit, a 4 pc nesting drum kit.
I had it built in California and shipped to Europe, where I live.
Measurements (diams are of the *heads* as the shells are indeed wider)
- 16x18 (diam.) bass
- 5 x14 snare
- 7 x 10 and 9 x14 toms
10' tom nests within 14' tom, which nests together with the snare inside the bass.
Including my cymbal bag I travel with three pieces. A compact delight, though quite heavy due to the fact I added some extra booms and my own sturdy stool.
Kit sounds great, even other drummers assure me. And it has more projection and a deeper sound than one would expect from these rather modest sizes due to the extreme thin shells. The bass drum is completely freefloating, and all stands except stool and hihat are integrated in the so-called eggbasket standholder annex bass drum riser.
As you may have noticed: I'm a fan :-)
Tuning BTW is problemless, but here I should mention I choose the steel hoops instead of the more vulnerable wood ones, as I play outdoors a lot.
Hope this answers your questions!
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Anybody seen these Whitney drums?
I find a couple of things very interesting. One is that
with his idea the shell is larger than the drum head
diameter. I'm wondering just how this sounds. Are they
harder or easier to tune? I think with the wood hoops
they look pretty nifty, though the triple flanged look
starts to approach the Peavey sort of look.
The second thing I noticed is that he's invented this
sort of bass drum riser thing that gets rid of a bunch
of stands. This seems like the very idea DrumGuru was
talking about trying to invent a while back. Seems to
make for a nice looking less "busy" appearance.
Comments? I'm seriously considering attempting to
build a bass drum that comes apart to nest (like his)
using this approach. That would make a 20" bass with
18" heads. I'm really curious as to what it would sound
like compared to my present 18" tom bass (which sounds
pretty darn good).
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