I agree about the microphones. Years ago, my ROTO toms needed mic's even in small venues. What little bit of shell they do have on the Tamas may be a plus. There have been times I would have liked to have had a bass drum like that just to save space.No doubt about it, that sounds good.
However I wonder if the pancake style bass drum and ultra-thin single head toms wouldn’t practically require being mic’d for performing most live gigs.
I played a small bar gig this past week with my Tama Club gig kit and due to a lack of mic inputs on the sound system I wasn’t able to mic the drums at all.
Yes they could have used more volume, but it actually got the job done in this roughly 1000 s.f. Room with 40 patrons.
That would be my only apprehension about going as small as this kit for gigging.
Other than that, all mic’d up, sounds good.
When I was gigging (and if ever I do again), PA inputs for drums and cymbals are not/would not be a problem because the only time ever I allowed my drums to be mic'd was in a recording studio I am too old school to mic.The Yamaha EAD 10 would work well with this Pancake kit for micing where PA inputs are at a premium . You could even add triggers for the snare and toms and have a great sounding Uber portable kit .
I also had the four pieces Club Jam but my preference goes for the Pancake; in my opinion this little kit have a much more balanced/focused sound than the 18x12 bassdrum version of the Jam Club "series"The Tama pancake kit is worth waiting for in my opinion, which I am basing on my experience with two Club Jam kits (the two piece, and I also have a four piece that has a deeper (12 inch) bass drum.