My Yamaha kit is also older and also has the high-tension lugs, and the toms I use are 10x10, 12x10, and 16x14. I understand the cannon thing.
Tbh, the 16x14 doesn't have the longer lugs, but it's such a very nice drum that I don't mind.
16x14 actually sounds nice to me... I rarely use my FT as it's so boomy, new one sounds much tighter, i also added 4 cotton balls to see if that helps..
One thing i have been wanting to do is try setting up a symmetrical kit with a 10 in the middle then a 12 on each side and so on.. I'm natually left handed but play right so i can roll both ways pretty good.. Kinda tired of moving drums around at the moment though Like this here... BTW.. Aaron is awesome.. one of my favorite teachers when i was at drumeo.