ugh, me smokum peace pipe with youse.Mr. Boltzmann, I am not attacking, but I wouldn't mind debating the matter. (offers peace pipe)
I sorta disagree because drums are an indefinite pitched instrument. But, Drum Workshop certainly uses this as a marketing ploy with their timbre matching of shells, but when I owned two of those kits I found I could tune them to any pitch I wanted and they'd sound ok. Maybe if you played for Phil Collins, this would work because you could leave your toms in the same key since he tends to stay in one or two keys in all his songs anywayInspired by an opinion from Boltzmann's brain...
Is tuning to pitches something you do, or don't do? Talking strictly toms here. I contend that no matter where a tom ends up, it has some kind of pitch, it's inescapable. So my thinking is, why not make the pitches complement their fellow toms, rather than the alternative. In my experience, a well tuned drum with 2 cleared heads makes a definite fundamental note. I find a drum has multiple sweet spot tunings, and multiple non-sweet/phase cancelling/castrated tunings.
Every tom I know has at least one good high, medium, and low tuning. Plus some fine in between tunings mixed in with some not so fine dead zone tunings. For instance I love my high and low toms at the same note only different octaves, and the middle tom either a 4th or 5th below the high tom, so when I do a descending run down the toms, it's "chord" sounds like it resolves.
Mr. Boltzmann, I am not attacking, but I wouldn't mind debating the matter. (offers peace pipe)