You can always mount a virgin with a Tom. So you have the option of a virgin or mounted. I like both so I can see both. I've never mounted my 24 virgin-I've kept it a virgin with a port.
My stance is the same. The sonic difference (if one even exists, which I very much doubt) between a bass drum with a tom mount and a virgin shell is meaningless to me. Especially once muffling is added, which I use as well, getting caught up in the purity of resonance and tone is a contradictory preoccupation. I just like having my tom in a snare stand, making mounts on a bass drum pointless in my case.Sound is a non-factor for me, as I muffle my bass drums pretty aggressively.
Go for it, you can get the tom a bit lower which personally I like to do with bigger bass drums.......well 22" and above!I have both and don’t have a real dog in this fight. That said, I’m seriously considering switching to one up (snare basket) one down when playing my 24” VBD kit…
This was the greatest driver for me. Virgin or not, I couldn’t get my tom where I needed it with a tom tree. I came close with my PDPs , but there was no crashing the ride without it contacting the tom mount. Also, to get the tom wher I wanted it, meant I couldn’t have a second tom without moving my hats more left. My transition to 1U was slow, but once I realized the ergonomics of it, there was no going back. If the BD mount works for you, great. Use it. It’s a much faster setup. As already mentioned, I also like sliding the BD out for tuning without disassembling everything. There’s no perf setup, but nice that we have options.Go for it, you can get the tom a bit lower which personally I like to do with bigger bass drums.......well 22" and above!