Originally Posted by jazzgregg
2. Look at how close he can put them to himself and his drums so as to reach any part of the cymbal without stretching. The edge or playing area isn't as far up as you think.
4. Feel. At that angle you are actually pushing the stick to the cymbal rather than letting it drop. Al (like Christensen, Eric Gravatt and others) obviously dig this.
Lochday, your drum teacher is wrong. If it was comfortable to you, then it was the right thing to do.
I recently set up my ride on my 'big kit' this way, with a fairly extreme tilt to it, and so far I've found it to be very much to my liking, for the reasons you mention above. I'm close to the whole cymbal, don't have to reach for the bell, etc. Great ideas.