Re: To Port or not to Port...
When I played a 20 I had both a full front reso and a ported one so I could go back and forth. But I prefer bass drum with no ports so I get all the bass drum goodness out of it. Having a port is better if you know you'll mic' up all the time. If not, get into the unadulterated open bass drum sound for now. Get a ported head later and then try both to see what you like.