having sat infront of the drummer for many years n watching him tune his drums...
i marvelled at what a drumset could/should sound like.
the skin, the tension, the woodframe, the drumsticks, the felt he taped on...the mic positioning...how its anchored down..the platform..n the various hi hats, its a mathematical monstrosity how it could be tuned..:P
but he methodically tuned it until he smiled... having convinced himself he had arrived at his reference sound, a black art indeed.
i have no quarrel with that...as long as he keeps his beat :P
Epic post, I love it.