I think it was a smart move. I much prefer toms mounted on the bass drum. It eliminates the need for heavier stands for mounting toms. Any sound difference would be very minor if percetptible at all. I have considered drilling mine for a mount and may eventually do that. Don't let that deter you but also keep in mind that used Renowns are out there and you can save a buttload of money as others have pointed out.Anyone have any thoughts on the 2016 renown switching to toms being mounted on Bass drum? Will it take away a little resonance of the Bass drum? Or not much difference. Im looking at buying a renown kit and wonder if I should try to find a 2015 model.