Originally Posted by dkerwood
When I bought a rack years ago, I loved being able to shift the toms even an inch or two to the left, so you can see THIS:
[(Hmm... I need some newer pics since I changed heads...)
I love the interaction between the two rack toms and the snare. Makes for a lot of combinations that I wouldn't have thought of with a standard 5 piece setup. The only downside is that it forces my hi hat to be a little too far back. The solution is a compromise- slide the toms forward a bit, and my hats are still a little farther back than I'd prefer... but the advantages far outweigh the compromises.
For what it's worth, I don't double bass, and I like my hats as close as possible.
The photos seem to depict a slow migration over time of the toms to the left...