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    Hey guys,

    I'm having another issue with tuning a snare drum. It's a Taye Studio Maple
    14 x 7 snare drum. It currently has a Evans G2 batter head on and its stock snare side head. As much I try tuning this drum I can't seem to get its obnoxious overtones out of it. No matter how high or low I tune it. I've tried low, medium, and high snare tensions and nothing works. I've even tried a torque key, and still nothing. Not only does it have an obnoxious overtone, it also has a "papery" sound to it, kind of like it has a page of newspaper on top of it. I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. Please help.

    Thanks,
    Voltsdrummer
    Last edited by voltsdrummer; 04-18-2016 at 09:23 PM.
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    You might just be in a room with bad acoustics. Drums do sound pretty bad close up, for the most part, until you get used to whatever tuning they have. But there are some rooms that just can't do drums!

    The trick is to get a good relationship between the heads going, and a great fundamental pitch that will travel louder and further than the overtones. Also, it's important that your other drums are all in tune with each other. That is, hit any two drums in unison, and it should sound decent. That really helps all the drums sound great individually because then they aren't creating any sour overtones in other drums.

    If you share a recording, you might be able to get more specific help from someone (if not me).

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    I'd replace the snare side head first. If that doesn't help, replace the batter head. Look at the bearing edges when the heads are off. Look for bad/rough spots. Might also check the shell for roundness and flatness of the edges.
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    Hey man, check this vid out, hope it helps this is what I use now and it works for me
    https://youtu.be/ht2JgVdHQdw
    Last edited by GoyaDrumr!; 04-19-2016 at 05:03 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltsdrummer View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm having another issue with tuning a snare drum. It's a Taye Studio Maple
    14 x 7 snare drum. It currently has a Evans G2 batter head on and its stock snare side head. As much I try tuning this drum I can't seem to get its obnoxious overtones out of it. No matter how high or low I tune it. I've tried low, medium, and high snare tensions and nothing works. I've even tried a torque key, and still nothing. Not only does it have an obnoxious overtone, it also has a "papery" sound to it, kind of like it has a page of newspaper on top of it. I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. Please help.

    Thanks,
    Voltsdrummer
    what kind of overtones.. just a bad/uneven ringing from the top head or bottom? it's probably not tuned evenly. If it's resonance from the bottom head, try loosening the rods to the left/right of the snare bed just a little.
    Last edited by SpatzST; 10-03-2016 at 10:35 AM.
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    I've never had good luck with the G2 as a snare drum head.
    I use the Evans super dry snare head on almost everything.
    I also have had better luck depending on snare with a G1.
    Gives that quick snappy sound I love cranked up tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoyaDrumr! View Post
    Hey man, check this vid out, hope it helps this is what I use now and it works for me
    https://youtu.be/ht2JgVdHQdw
    I've seen that video so many times, I could almost recite it word for word.
    SPLAT-BOOM-SPLAT-BOOM-SPLAT-BOOM-GIGGA-TISH!

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    I crank the bottom head and have the wires pretty loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voltsdrummer View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm having another issue with tuning a snare drum. It's a Taye Studio Maple
    14 x 7 snare drum. It currently has a Evans G2 batter head on and its stock snare side head. As much I try tuning this drum I can't seem to get its obnoxious overtones out of it. No matter how high or low I tune it. I've tried low, medium, and high snare tensions and nothing works. I've even tried a torque key, and still nothing. Not only does it have an obnoxious overtone, it also has a "papery" sound to it, kind of like it has a page of newspaper on top of it. I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. Please help.

    Thanks,
    Voltsdrummer

    I have the same snare drum. Try an Evans Genera Dry.

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