Originally Posted by Zickos
The separation between my bass drum and floor tom is usually no more than a 1/2 inch, otherwise I couldn't reach the floor tom. As far as the pitch, they are at 90 degree angles to each other (one vertical and one horizontal).
This made my day...
IMHO, your 16" tom is at a medium tuning, and way too muffled :). Your kick could sound really phat with less muffling as well, and a tighter reso. But the kick is definitely lower (a 3rd sounds right), you're just not getting any of the low rumble because you probably muffled it all out. You're just hearing slap attack!