So I was watching some Mike Mangini (Extreme) solos on You Tube and marvelling over both his immense skill and his symmetrical tom layouts around his centred snare.
Couple of examples:
(Incidentally, I saw Extreme @ State Theatre, Sydney Australia back in the early 90s, and it would easily go down as one of the most exhilarating shows I've ever seen. Entertainment plus!)
Just love the open balanced left / right thing that is going on. Then I saw some kits on here with similar set-ups (sorry, didn't note the users at the time), but it got me thinking, e-drums are so suited to putting stuff anywhere.
So today I ripped apart my TD-9 kit, sticking the ride, hat, snare (from top to bottom) down the centre of the rack. Then Toms 1 and 2 (inner left and right) and Toms 3 and 4 (outer left and right). And the two crashes reaching out left and right. Yet to tape up the cables, but all appears to reach OK (despite the TD-9s pre-wired looms).
A quick play and, wow! What a fresh, liberating experience to face the kit in such a balanced way, playing the hat/ride openhanded against the snare. Love it!
Of course, a picture tells a thousand words... let me see what I can do at this late stage of the day.
In the meantime, who else is running a similar symmetrical set-up?