There is no telling when you might need a 26 inch bass drum. Why take chances?
I've said it before in another thread, but a 24"14 ludwig classic maple is my perfect sounding kick. Playing it felt like I was whacking a hippo with a paddle too, in a nice way.I love my 24x14 Ludwig Classic Maple. It's perfect to my hears.
If there's a better-sounding kick drum out there, I've not heard it yet.