Re: SKB Hardshell Case sizes
The best way to find out is to take a couple of your toms to a Guitar Center or other drum store that has SKB cases in stock, and see if they fit to your liking. The SKB cases barely fit the DW isolation mounts, but those are on the larger size of the spectrum. The only way to really see it for yourself is to see it for yourself.
As for the hardware case, I'm a BIG fan of the SKB Freedom case. It's not like a golf club-style case in the sense that you put it down on the floor and open it up like a clamshell. You stand it up and lift the lid off the top, so you can stand while taking your stands out. This is very handy, especially when needing to rush your set up...