Yes. The perceived “cut” and volume can be increased by tuning a tad higher. You don’t have to get to bop tuning or crank them. I’d say this is true for any drum, but especially drums that aren’t 100% maple and have rounded bearing edges. I still muffle the the drums some, but they sound so much better and cut more.Got ya. So, for you, the issue with vintage drums can be mitigated by higher tunings. Is that correct?
I think the fad of tuning drums to lowest pitch for all genres especially punk and rock sounds flabby and boxy. I want to blame Tama and DW but I think it started before them in the recording world. Let the drums sing a bit more and things flow much better but still keep the punch and bang.