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    I see a lot of guys using a stand for their rack tom. Why not just mount the tom to the bass drum? Just curious guys. Been out of the game for 30 years.

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    For me, it doesn't get my tom where I want it. I want my high tom close and in front of me:

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    The "virgin" bass drum setup has become popular lately. Theory is that it allows the bass shell to be free and resonate more. Options on the subject vary, but that's the bottom line. It's really more of a personal preference.
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    I too like the ability to have the rack tom(s) closer and in front of the snare than having them mounted to the kick:




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    As N2Bluz stated, because it's all about the virgin bass drum, no treble.
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    I like the ability to place my toms in places where when on the bass drum I couldn't.

    This is so for 1 up 2 up or 3 up.

    Also I really like the clean look of the virgin bass drum setups.

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    Another vote here for positional. I play 1 up, 1 down, and mounting it on a stand gives me more options for positioning my rack tom where I want it. I use a Yamaha WS860A tom stand and can mount my rack tom and up to two cymbals on it.

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    My kit came with tom mounted on the BD. Takes less room than all those extra stands that would be needed to mount the toms on. My toms are 12 x9 and 13 x 10 and have no problems whatsoever with positioning. So it mostly preference I guess but I am use to the top mount BD so why change unless I decide to get a new kit but that will never happen. I love my Pearl MCX too much to even think about buying another kit.

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    Ergonomically, toms on the bass are far more superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kay-gee View Post
    Ergonomically, toms on the bass are far more superior.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^this!

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    I've almost always had my toms on the kick. I have tried mounting them on stands a few times over the yrs. but it just seems right to have them on the kick. I recently got a new to me kit, and it didn't have a tom holder, but should have. So until I got a tom holder that would work on the kick, I mounted them on stands. It was ok. I use two rack toms, and have a cym. stand on ea. side of the kick anyway, so it was pretty normal. When I got the tom holder I liked that better. I've never heard any difference in the sound of my kick with out the toms on it. Others might be able to hear it.

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    I tried mounting my 2 rack toms to cymbal stands - I could move them an inch or so closer to the hats, but I didn't like how much they moved. If I play 1 up, 1 down then clamping the rack tom directly in front of my snare is nice - but I'm fat and lazy and don't like the extra distance between the rack tom and FT. I find bass mounting is the best compromise for positioning and stability.

    I like the look of virgin bass drums, but they're not for me.

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    "I've never heard any difference in the sound of my kick with out the toms on it. Others might be able to hear it".

    If you have 2 identical drum sets, 1 with the tom mounted on it and 1 without, if you can see them, you will swear there is a difference, if you can't see them, you can't tell.

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    There may be a lot of truth in that statement Rick. I think our sense of sight can alter what our sense of hearing perceives. It would be cool to do a blind fold test. We could record the kick with the toms on and off. Not messing with the mic. Just loosen the the tom holder and pull the toms up and off of the kick. Set them aside and record again. The kick I have now is kind of virgin. The tom holder doesn't go into the shell. It goes into a bracket mounted on top. It's a Tama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    There may be a lot of truth in that statement Rick. I think our sense of sight can alter what our sense of hearing perceives. It would be cool to do a blind fold test. We could record the kick with the toms on and off. Not messing with the mic. Just loosen the the tom holder and pull the toms up and off of the kick. Set them aside and record again. The kick I have now is kind of virgin. The tom holder doesn't go into the shell. It goes into a bracket mounted on top. It's a Tama.
    There was a similar test that I posted about several times.

    BD with tom mount, BD with a isolation mount, and a BD with the snare in a stand next to the BD. Some "experts" said that they could tell which was which. A couple of guys called them on it. 3 identical sets of drums. Tuned by the same guy and played by the same guy. When the so called "experts" couldn't see the drums (your blind test) they couldn't tell 1 from the other.

    So much for "expertise".

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    they only time i did not have them mounted to BD is when I played with Double bass...the rack for toms was in the middle. But every other set I had or have they are mounted and I think my base resonance is just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyM View Post
    they only time i did not have them mounted to BD is when I played with Double bass...the rack for toms was in the middle. But every other set I had or have they are mounted and I think my base resonance is just fine.
    I went this way on my double bass set up too and I liked the way both bass drum sounded without the rack toms mounted on top of the shell. This was something I could only hear but I did notice less ringing from the rack toms when I went to play 16th notes on the bass pedals.

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    My drums at home have virgin kicks and the drums where we practice have the toms mounted to the bass drum. I like both and really can't tell enough difference to argue either way.

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