Re: Flat sounding tom.
Pinstripes are going to sound dead or flat in any event. Maybe if you tune it up pretty high. Larger toms tend to ring more so the muffling may not sound as dead. But smaller toms naturally have less sustain, especially when tuned for a low wet sound. Matching pitches on the reso will help, but non damped heads will help more. Mixing damped and undamped heads gets tricky though. I think it's easier to use all undamped heads and control the sustain by tuning the reso higher. Less so on smaller toms and a 4th or so on larger toms to balance out the sustain.