Year old, but interesting thread. Why do some people sit close to the steering wheel in a car and others sit way, back, even tilted farther back? Everyone sees and feels differently. And/or likes the look enough to alter their opinion about what works for them. I like the rack toms angled. I can see why many tilt the snare away . . just ergonomics with the snare being close to your body, your arms being higher. If don't want to move your body away as you use the snare, angling it away, helps your arms fall right to the correct spot on the snare. Depending on your seat height, all these factors are changed, for all the drums . . .so back to my opening statement . .why do some sit close to the steering wheel . . . . .