Re: Flattening toms?
I don't set my high toms flat. I set them 6" higher than my snare and I angle them slightly to avoid clipping a rim when I don't want to.
I need to tilt my high toms down towards me a bit because I tilt my snare slightly down away from me so that the highest part of my snare hoop in nearest to me.
This is the best ergonomic way that I have found to play.
I kind of like old drums:)