Re: To Port or not to Port...
For me, it depends upon what I'm playing. Fast double bass stuff means port the drum, playing in a rock club with a miked kit also means port it. Good luck in trying to get an average rock club sound man to want to deal with anything but a ported kick.
Funk, pop, lighter stuff I usually prefer the full reso head sound.
It's best to have more than one reso head.
Either you have a purpose behind your expression... or you don't.