What did you end up taking, Josh? I take the least I can get away with and still get the sounds I need to play the arrangements. Tonight I played out with a snare, stomp box, hats and crash/ride because it was very quiet a low key and I had to fit in an area about the size of a postage stamp.I've got a 2hr outdoor gig tomorrow for a Fall Festival. I'll be playing contemporary Praise music. I could probably do it with just kick, snare, hats, and crashable ride. That said, it'd be nice to have a tom or two, so that leaves me with a 4pc. Then again, that bottom 16 would be nice, too, so now we're up to 10 up, 14/16 down. If I go that far, why not add the 12 on the left and play the whole kit? Which would you do? We've got plenty of setup and tear down time. I think it'd be fun to play the whole kit, but is that overkill?
Everyone said they didn't notice any lack - but I did. It was okay - just okay. For me, two toms is the minimum for a feeling of "completeness" (if that makes sense), but I've heard groovier players than I am sound great with no toms.