Matt Bo Eder
14x12 does not qualify as a floor tom. 16x14 is running a very close second to that.I think on a 5 piece kit (with snare) a 16x14 looks fine. My Renown is like that, and sound wise I cant tell a difference between it and the 16x16 Catalina I used to have. But 14x12 and 16x14 floors together look odd to me.
I get all the psychoacoustic reasoning going on about shallow depth drums (sort of) and even then I say it's a good bit of marketing to convince new people to our sport that things have been improving immensely. I mean heck, one company in the market has got everyone excited about vertical plies - which I only ever associated with those cheap stencil kits that came out of Japan in the 60s. Even diagonal plies have been introduced with the same hoopla as well. I don't believe it!
Heck, I don't even consider 14x14 an actual floor tom. Taking a rack tom and putting legs on it does not make it a floor tom. Although it's odd that a 15x12 rack tom can be made to sound like a really nice floor tom - it's amazing what one more inch in diameter can do to a drum.