I have a cocktail drum kit, with a tall, 15" barrel drum that stands upright and serves both as the kick and the floor tom. It has small air holes, but no mic port. The kit sounds great, and I can get a solid one-mic recording from it without problems. But I need to do some multi-mic setups, and wanted some informed opinions about recording the kick. As I see it, there are 3 options based on the standard approach: 1- Record from some external point. Fine, but bleed from other drums is an issue, and not great thump or beater definition compared to inside-the-shell. In this case, where would you place for good overall meat n potatoes? 2- Cut a port in the shell large enough for a mic, and do a standard inside placement. Dunno if it's worth cutting into the shell, but this option seems the most appealing given it allows for the setup I'm most familiar with. 3- Cut a port into the tom skin up top, use that as the access hole and settle for a tom that sounds a bit wonky. Would that even work??? Another version of this is to just remove the tom head altogether, which would also cut some slop resonance. But then I lose one of 4 drums, even if I don't use it so much... Any opinions are most appreciated.