What I am trying to determine is: the drums in question, the not so good sounding drums, are these drums round and true with good edges and they just don't sound good?I have a friend with 3 DW kits. He will tell you that each one of them sounds different. I took a couple of lessons with a DW endorser. He said he has sent back a couple of kits because they just didn't sound as good as his other ones. Larry, maybe you just lucked out and got a set that sounds good and tunes up well. My 10", 14', 16" and bass drum all sound great. I can tune them anywhere. I just happen to get a 12' that isn't quite up to par with the rest of my kit.
If so...I am having a hard time with that. I can maybe understand if the drum is ovalish and/or high low spots on the edges. But if the drum is right, how can it sound bad? I contend that it may be tuning issues. Owning 3 DW kits....doesn't mean you are a seasoned tuner. Please, enlighten me, because it doesn't add up to me. I admit that DW's are more finicky than my thicker shelled Pearls to tune. The thin shell flexes if it is tuned too much at a time, making wonky tones.
I have old Luds that are so far from perfect compared to the DW's...the tolerances aren't even in the same league, yet I can get good tunings from them. They don't have nearly the precision and smoothness of my DW's, and I can't get as many good tunings from them, and they don't hold tunings nearly as well... But my point is that even a bad DW can't be nearly as imperfect as my old Luds, so again, I am not understanding the problem with "some" DW's, if they are round and true.
Anyway, Doug, there's that pesky 12" tom issue I see popping up again. Tell me, does the drum sound good off the mount? Are you mounting it from a stand or on a BD tree? I am seeing a major pattern here with 12" tom problems, brand notwithstanding.