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16x18 XP8 FT to BD conversion?


I have a mint 18" XP8 FT that I never use and wondered if it might be possible to convert it to an 18" BD. Anyone done this? Sound OK? Thanks!

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Very doable and will sound great. Biggest issues without doing any modification to the shell will be splay with the tom height tension lugs if you do not covert to bass height lugs. Wood hoops and claws will make this work however. with bass heads.

On my conversion, I removed the tom lugs, filled one hole and drilled for a second hole toward the center of the shell for the different pattern of the bass lug. This will not show from the outside as the extra hole will be under the larger lug and works good if you are not doing a rewrap as well.

The hole pattern of the Memriloc and Swivo mounts are the same.

You can use the leg mounts for spurs. Either get some tubing or solid rod from a hardware store, or use Rogers legs modified as spurs. I recently had some that another owner cut down in length and used for spurs. You can leave the legs full length and experiment with them if you do not want to cut them down. Using Swivo clamp mounts with bent steel rods from the hardware store can be done without modifying original legs.

Using the top leg mount to mount a tom or cymbal takes some creative thinking if not wanting to modify the shell. Using a Swivo clamp mount and L arm cymbal arm will be easiest.

All this changes a bit if you are rewrapping the shell or not afraid to drill some spur or tom holder holes. Changing to Swivo allows for more options, but can require drilling for Rogers internal sliding spurs. Same for Rogers hex rod cymbal holders rods.

So, it depends on how creative you want to be with the hardware for spurs and cymbal mount.
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Thanks very much for this informative reply. I am going to stat working on it. Mosty play a 4 piece for jazz, so might just mount the 12" tom in a stand and figure out the spurs. I would likely just use the 18" in a 4 piece configuration and use the 22" BD for larger venues and rock/funk type stuff.

Now if I could just find a 14" XP8 FT, I'll be in business! Those things are scarce! emoticon Thanks again!

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I have an 18" FT I converted to a Bass. It is a Swivo series with 4 legs, made about 1970. I didn't find it necessary to change the lugs, just used the T handle rods on the reso (front) side, using the original tension rods on the beater side. I replaced the hoops with maple ones and have an Aquarian batter head. I have an offset mount for the pedal, and use the spurs from a Rogers Bass drum that has a damaged shell. I removed 2 of the mounts for the FT legs and replaced them with the spurs from the same Bass Drum. The muffler is still in the drum, but I use it unmuffled. It is a great sounding bass with plenty of punch. I use a 12" Tom hung from a cymbal stand and a 14" rack tom I got from Jollity Drum Farm, also hung from a cymbal stand. I've got pictures on my facebook page (Rusty Beckett), I'm not sure how to post pictures here any longer

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I have an 18" XP8 bass converted from a floor tom. Removed the wrap, filled all the holes from the 3 (or 4? I don't remember). Rewrapped and drilled for the Memriloc mounts for spurs and tom mount on top in the factory configuration.

I left the tom lugs on it, and with the wood hoops the splay is really minor.

The shell size is 16x18, and the factory bass was the same size, so the drum is pretty much spot on. It sounds big for an 18", as many gig-mates have told [sign in to see URL] Regulator in front, and Remo PowerSonic on the back.

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Great info! Thanks!

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amosguy wrote:

Very doable and will sound great. Biggest issues without doing any modification to the shell will be splay with the tom height tension lugs if you do not covert to bass height lugs. Wood hoops and claws will make this work however. with bass heads. ]ShowBox ]Mobdro ]TutuApp

On my conversion, I removed the tom lugs, filled one hole and drilled for a second hole toward the center of the shell for the different pattern of the bass lug. This will not show from the outside as the extra hole will be under the larger lug and works good if you are not doing a rewrap as well.

The hole pattern of the Memriloc and Swivo mounts are the same.

You can use the leg mounts for spurs. Either get some tubing or solid rod from a hardware store, or use Rogers legs modified as spurs. I recently had some that another owner cut down in length and used for spurs. You can leave the legs full length and experiment with them if you do not want to cut them down. Using Swivo clamp mounts with bent steel rods from the hardware store can be done without modifying original legs.

Using the top leg mount to mount a tom or cymbal takes some creative thinking if not wanting to modify the shell. Using a Swivo clamp mount and L arm cymbal arm will be easiest.

All this changes a bit if you are rewrapping the shell or not afraid to drill some spur or tom holder holes. Changing to Swivo allows for more options, but can require drilling for Rogers internal sliding spurs. Same for Rogers hex rod cymbal holders rods.

So, it depends on how creative you want to be with the hardware for spurs and cymbal mount.


It is an incredible sounding bass with a lot of punch. I utilize a 12" Tom dangled from a cymbal stand and a 14" rack tom I got from Jollity Drum Farm, likewise swung from a cymbal stand. I have pictures on my facebook page (Rusty Beckett), I don't know how to post pictures here any more


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