Re: Why does no one else set up their 5-piece this way..?
I always set up five pieces that way. I have a difficulty transitioning from tom to tom if they were mounted directly over the bass drum. That's one of the reasons why I'm so fond of the one up, two down configuration, or even just a four piece kit. It's easier for me to go from a high tom to a floor tom, than from a high tom to a "mid-tom" mounted right next to it.