Originally Posted by Jusstickinaround
HAHA!, I just looked at your kit and noticed a lot of lugs "bolted" to the shells of your drums. Coming from such an anti " bolt" guy I find that rather contradictory.
Well, I did look into the possibility of free-floating heads, as that would be the purest form of shell. I company called MyMi was doing it but they went out of business. I settled for tube lugs, which are bolted to the shell in one place each. I ordered the bass drum without spurs, to minimize penetrations and bolting, and of course the bass drum is virgin and the toms are suspended.
I guess it's unavoidable to bolt some hardware to drums, such as lugs. But as a personal choice I try to do it as little as possible. Certainly, bolting 30 pounds of hardware to a shell isn't my cup of tea, but it's the dominant market approach for mass-market drum makers and most people have bought into that. Plus, I've heard some kits like that and they sound terrific anyway.
Thanks for your interest.