It's hard as hell to do a rimshot on a tom that is tilted too much. I don't play them completely flat, but they are pretty close to it. Ya get more "oooooomph" out of 'em when you can hit 'em good and square.cigarettetrio":3vhoiwgn said:does this really matter or is it personal preference?
whether you have your tom facing upwards flat, or bent towards you?
The "old school metal" guys play the toms really angled because the depths and diameters of the rack toms are bigger and you can't play them all that flat unless you get 20" or 18" bass drums, which isn't "old school metal". Something else that isn't "old school metal", or metal at all, is rim shots on the toms. I go out of my way to make sure it's not possible to rim shot on my toms, which sometimes gets annoying not having memory locks on my floor tom legs because I play them flat. Accidental rim shots on floor toms have led to many bruised and bloodied knuckles.NT":2h7r8ags said:i dont understand how you can properly play on angled toms.. no rimshots.. no rebound... i mean you have to have a little bit of angle.. but im talking those with an extreme angle.. like those "old school metal" kits..
I've also noticed with my Tama Starcast system that having them angled a lot makes them fall out of tune much faster, especially compared to the Mapex ITS that I used to have.Pnkdrmmr":2h7r8ags said:I found once that putting my toms flatter made them tune better and stay in tune for longer, that was with rim mounting system though. I'm not sure if that has much bearing on a kit with a lug mounting system or shell mounting.
I just got a new kit and i've set my rack tom pretty close to flat and t sounds great. It also makes it easier to play.