Re: My new Mapex BP Black Widow kit
Looks lovely. G14s are absolutely killer heads, too. Plus, a great selection of Meinls.
Yup, I might just have to steal this... ;) ;) ;) Seriously though, great stuff. If you like those kind of batter heads, you might check out the BP Blade (IIRC, what matt halpern uses) or the titular Panther. Or try something stave!
As for the shallower toms, you probably wouldn't notice that much difference between, say, a 1" or less deeper tom but as one gets shallower it basically gains focus and response. The 7"-8" range is IMO a very good modern balance between tone and transparency. Heck, my custom kit is 10x7.5" and 12x8" :)