I'm a 4 piece drum kit guy. Give me a bass, snare, rack tom, and floor tom, and I've got what I want as far as drums go.
My plan was to purchase two inexpensive rack toms (which I've done), cut them in half, and use the four halves for each of the four drums (bass, snare, rack, and floor).
The other day, I ran across an 80's era Simmons kick pad someone was getting rid of "for parts," because they couldn't get it working (my guess is it just needs a new piezo/wiring). Anyway, I've always thought those big, hex shaped kicks looked tough, so I bought it and I plan on refurbishing it and using it as my kick.
Now though, my tom plan doesn't make as much sense. It seems I have three options:
1) Go ahead and cut both toms in half (and use for 1 snare, 1 rack, and 1 floor), which would leave me with an extra half a tom that I don't have any place to mount.
2) Cut one of the toms in half (and use for 1 rack and 1 snare). Cut down the other tom from 10 inches in depth to 5 inches, remount the bottom head and hardware, and use it for the snare.
3) Don't cut either tom and mount them full size as 1 rack tom and 1 floor tom. This would require me to acquire one more drum to use as the snare (probably a piccolo snare or another tom I would cut down in height; this would add about $30 to the total cost of the kit).
I know this is all about looks, as each of these options would be just as functional. I guess I'm looking for which would be more visually impressive/cool/hip/what-ever.
So, under these circumstances, which would you go for?