I found three complete tom arms with ratchets and Memriloc clamps, as well as a tri-tom mount for $40. I thought that was a good deal. That was about two weeks ago.Here is my left tom with the mount extension cut off and the factory shorter tom arm.(uncut) It sounds fine here (about 1" in). Extending the arm into the drum any farther, starts to affect the sound to my ears. No arm into the shell would be ideal. (I don't know if that 1" matters or is it in my head? It might matter for those recording) The plates should be here in the next few days, or tomorrow, and I will be curious to see if the tom arm still aligns in the hole without touching. Also will touching matter that much? If it touches, I will try it with a piece of the left over gasket hole material to insulate the arm from the shell. The tom on the right is a whole other issue. It needs to be adjusted all the way inward for ergonomics. BTW, I am not finding the XP8 compatible tom arms, much less at a decent price. Dave Drew is looking into his stock. E-bay prices are high. I just hope, down the road, we don't end up with more Memriloc toms, than decent length, tom arms. Ace
P.S. I might still end up cutting the tom arm just short of the shell. Just an inch or so if needed. Also, $20.00 to have Gary cut even the two mounting holes and the notch in the hoop in aluminum is what I recommend for most players. Then just cut the mount extension in half and set it up. Setting up the flanges on the hoop is not a piece of cake, BTW. More on that technique later.
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