Re: Tune Toms to Be Punchy but Short?
PFOG is on the money with his advice. Basically, if you want a short punchy note the best way to get there is to tune the resonant head quite tight and the batter head fairly loose. The two notes should compliment one another. For example, the reso head may be anywhere from a minor third to a fifth above the batter head. Maybe even more. It takes practice, though, to learn to hear all the overtones, separate out the fundamental pitch of the head, and get a fairly pure matched pitch at each lug.
Another trick, if you've tuned this way and the note is still not as short as you'd like, is to detune just one lug on the batter head until you get the desired effect.