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  1. #51

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    I play mine however they were last time i tried to tune them and got pissed off need to pay someone to come tune the things.. i can't get it right..

  2. #52

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    I like it tight ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)

    I like most of my drums tuned loose, though. Apart from my snare, which I have tuned pretty tight.
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    I have tuned all toms like this:
    Every screw with only fingers, so tight I can twist without drum key. Then every single screw with key -1 rounds, so it sounds good.. When every single tom is like that tuned, I try them as a tom-set and make some fine-tuning. I start at 16" tom, next 14", next 12", next 10" and finally 8".. Then, at last I try the snare with toms and tune that thing pretty tight comparably to toms..
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    My tom tuning varies by venue and the acoustics of wherever we are playing. But as a general rule, it looks like I'm in the opposite camp here. I tune my reso heads tighter than by batters. I like my toms to sing. The batter heads I typically tune on the low end of where I can get a good consistent tone out of them. And the reso heads are just above that.

    Tex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal-head View Post
    all my drums are tuned very loosely, thats how i can the best sound

    i just want to know how you people have your drums tuned
    I found this video to be fairly informative...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl9w...=ULyl9wgXSfxew

    I use the exact same snare as in this clip. I tune the snare side head to a G above middle C. The batter side is tuned to an E above middle C (my tuning is slightly lower than in the clip).

    For my toms, I start with the heads at finger tight. Starting with the bottom head, I tension each rod slowly until the drum starts to "sing". I tune the batter sides the same way but I find the toms sound better with the batter side tuned slightly lower than the resonant (bottom) head like John Bonham did.

    The bass drum is tuned to a little over a complete turn above finger tight on the batter side and about a turn and a half on the resonant side.

    Good luck to you.

    Rich
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    loose, I play metal so I like my drums sounding deep!

  7. #57

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    Toms tight(I need the rebound), kick batter tight(same reason), snare batter..eh, sort of tight/loose- don't like playing on a "table top tight" batter head. It hurts me.
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  8. #58

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    got this weekend's kit fairly tight to give good distinction between the toms, hi tom adjusted to create minimal snare buzz as is my routine

  9. #59

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    Tune em so they sing. What I find sometimes though is what sounds good to me behind the kit sounds very different out front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    Tune em so they sing. What I find sometimes though is what sounds good to me behind the kit sounds very different out front.
    Yup, I sure agree with that. I find that 3 of the kits i play have good tuning ranges, such that they sing at more than 1 tuning...my good ole Stewarts though, really only have 1 sweet spot..

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    My tuning depends on the kit, and venue but generally I like to have both top and bottom tuned in the same pitch. On the "fusion" sized toms, I like them to "sing" so heads are a bit tighter than the deeper "rock" sized toms. For the snares, I like them tuned high and the kick, I like it tuned as low as I can get it. Maybe two turns past the wrinkle stage on both sides of the drum head.

    As I was setting up this backline of drums in my garage for a photo op, I noticed no consistent range in tuning among the seven acoustic kits in the room (five up front and two in the back) which leads me to believe that each kit was tuned to the venue where ever they were last played.


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    Medium high for Jazz.
    Medium low for everything else.

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    Toms loose..floor toms are actually kinda wrinkled. Snare I tune the reso really tight and batter about half as tight. Have to tighten reso every couple of weeks but sounds awesome.

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    tune so it sounds right ..depending on the room and feel/tone the performance required

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    If we're playing outside, I tend to tune the batters fairly tight and the reso heads to the same pitch. It seems to help them project and cut through the mix. On my indoor kit, I tune the batters to the lowest pitch that really resonates the shell. Then I tune the reso a minor 3rd higher than the batter on the 10" rack toms, a 3rd higher on 12" & 13" toms and a 4th higher than the batter on the 16" floor tom.
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