I just started taking lessons 6 weeks ago and I’m a few lessons away from hitting my first tom. However, the engineer in me has be looking at things that I have no business investigating yet! When I look at the drum notation (see link below), I see that five Toms can be written using standard drum notation. The first two toms (1,2) are grouped “above” the snare, while the other three (3,4,5) are grouped below. My gut feeling would be to think that a “complete” drum kit would have two mounted toms and three floor toms so you have the correct drums to play any song. I haven’t seen many 2up3down kits, so there goes that theory! I have seen a few 3up2down setups. I guess that would make sense if you ignore the “grouping” and the mounted toms are 1,2,3 while the floor toms are 4,5. The most common setups seem to be 1up1down, 1up2down, 2up1down. My Pearl starter kit is 2up1down. Can anyone explain exactly how this works, or point me to an article that covers my knowledge gaps. I’m guessing most songs just stick to two toms, but that’s just a guess. I sure don’t want to ask my instructor this question as I’m really trying to spend lesson time learning the basics. Thanks!