I agree about the snare drum. As I said, I used a vintage Slingerland I had laying around.You can find a good deal on decent enough stuff.
Weak link will always be the snare, though. May work for some things, but probably won't be all that versatile and sensitive in the way you want.
I've gotten completely out of round toms to sound good enough. Have to tune them unevenly and make sure I hit only in the middle, but it has worked out.