Drum Sizes: Which Comes First — Width Or Depth?

Posted: August 06, 2010 07:04 PM

Andy Doerschuk_1

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Even though it is most common for companies to list drum sizes depth-first (a 5” x 14” snare drum, like the gorgeous cherry Longo snare drum below), a healthy minority measure them width first (14” x 5”). I would like to know which of them you feel is most appropriate, and why?

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Posted: August 07, 2010 08:10 PM

erniek

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One would think that the largest dimension (measurement) would be given first. I never understood the background of the depth first dimensions.

It gets confusing when the dimensions are close, eg: an 8” x 7” tom.

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Posted: August 07, 2010 10:35 PM

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I measure width first. After all, when you purchase drum heads, it is by width and not depth. I have noticed that some drum companies will list depth first, for tom toms, but measure width first for floor toms and kick drums. Go figure?  question

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Posted: August 10, 2010 02:23 PM

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I agree with Rev.D.  width first is so much better.