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?
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?