There's a glaring feature or two that I wish would someday become available, but I don't want to derail this thread.
I totally agree. I routinely remove them from my drums and install the mounting bracket on the shell.I miss direct tom mounts I've never liked so called tom isolation systems from the past 20 odd years. So much cleaner and classic looking, no pointless chunks of metal, less wobble or movement and I honestly don't there's any major discernible difference. I wish I had the balls to get the drills out but I just know I'd screw it up!
Never, or at least fewer times than I've fought with those things snagging cases and car seats in transit, getting a cable stuck in it, or gashing a bare leg (Slingerland...)How often do you drop a key trying to fiddle horizontally on those bd tension rods abandoning halfway and ending up with a head not in tune with itself ?
T-rods came standard on my kits, except the two rods closest to the floor which are regular squared tension rods.Never, or at least fewer times than I've fought with those things snagging cases and car seats in transit, getting a cable stuck in it, or gashing a bare leg (Slingerland...)
I get that a regular drum key gets kind of awkward with the tension rods closest to the floor as one has to sort of lift the drum to fit the key, but then again you see the same problem with T-handles. Anyway, I have a Tama IC pedal which has the hammer-shaped drum key which solves that problem.