Yea - The Police was my first Cassette - then came Carter Beauford - so I super imprinted on a cranked snare sound.Interesting tonal sequence. Seems that you almost go for a Reggae sound. Stewart Copeland described in an interview that he cranks all his heads for two reasons: He likes the feel and the cut. Those higher frequencies penetrate just about anything. I like a tight snare and lower toms for the contrast, but having everything high has merits too. I'll always love Copeland's sound.
Right now my main gig is hip hop with instrument funk/jazz jams - so a cranked snare and a punchy kick are king. I can kind of do whatever with the toms and I just like the feel of tighter heads vs. that pillowy sink of very loose toms. Plus I always feel like unless I'm doing big singles - sticking articulation get lots on lower toms.
I'm looking at a new kit and I think I'm doing an 8",10" up top, 16" FT and a 22" kick.