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Post Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:42 pm

How do you tune your drums? Low or high? Do you tune to certain sounds? How do you tune the bottom heads?
I use Dave Weckls method- low, both batter and bottom the same:) I think it gives the best results.
And of course no muffling exept for the kick(if I'm using a kick larger than 16").
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Post Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:27 pm

i'm with you... i match the top and bottom.. i like my toms to resonate,so i guess you'd say i tune in the mid-to high range..my snare..i like the pop so it's pretty tight...bass i like the low end thump..nice and warm.....
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Post Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:00 am

I like them to have tone and resonace, no muffling. I tune my bottom heads a little higher then the tops. Snare can you say break out the tork bar. I like it tight :shock: . Bass Heads, I have two kicks my left just a little higher then the right one to give a difference in sound. Some double kick players like to tune the same on both. I like the change in sounds.
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Post Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:20 am

I tune my resonant heads on my toms a quarter turn higher than the batter heads.
I found that this makes my batter heads get a nice response with the perfect amount of sustain.
I tune my snare very tight...on both sides.
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Post Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:59 am

..i tune my batters very low...i dont like the sustain feeling, i love the power drums and the big thump when i hit them...right now im testing different tom heads for my desired sound...but i'll stick to Remo...

on the bass drum, ( i have a custom made 22x32 ) i have the Evans Eq 3...i love the huge thump it gives when i punch it...

and my snare is very tight...with an Evans Dry on the batter and a 42 strands...
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Post Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:48 am

i tune mine to a guitar tumer i know that sounds add but u get a better sound from the drums
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Post Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:49 am

as far as tuning, my favorite thing to do is to tighten the snare head(bottom)even tighter than the batter head, and my batter is pretty damn tight. this gives you a real nice pop, and you still get great snare response. as far as the kick, the looser the better for the most part. toms? medium-tight tops and medium-tight to tight bottoms works for me. nice and open.
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Post Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:06 pm

All mine are low. wayyy low. i've that foam stuff inside my toms and bass, i think it works well. my snare is kinda tight for that nice snare pop
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Post Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:49 pm

stumpdrummer wrote:i tune mine to a guitar tumer i know that sounds add but u get a better sound from the drums

I've done that before, it's a pain in the ass to fine tune them though; I find it is much easier to just tune them by feeling the tension.
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Post Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:25 pm

i tune my resonance heads into the "dead zone" basically quite loose

i tune my batter heads medium to low
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Post Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:43 pm

i tighten them until i feel a little bit of tension, then i turn each one a half turn to secure the head. then i begin tuning by ear to a piano.
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Post Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:12 pm

I like my bottom heads tuned slightly higher. The extra 1/2 step sort of breaks up the tone between the two heads. Both heads tuned identical sound too "monotonal" to me, in other words it's a long solid note. I like a little "bite" in my tom sounds.

My snare is cranked on the bottom and the top head is med. tight.

My kick drum is as loose as I can get it, and the front head is slightly tighter but not much.
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Post Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:40 am

I tune my toms basically about a half turn and the bottoms a full turn, then tweak them. My kick drum batter I tighten just above wrinkles and the res side I tighten just enough that the hardware doesn't rattle, I like the floppy sound of the head after the drum is hit. I also use a blanket in my kick drum more muffling on the batter side. I have no method of tuning my snare, I just mess with it til I find a sound I like.

I recomend any of these heads for toms Evans EC2's, Evans G2 coated, Remo clear Emporers and the Remo power stroke head on the kick with ambassador front with port.
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Post Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:18 am

I like my snare at a medium. Not too tight because you lose body and tone, not too loose because you lose any kind of feel and "pop." I see a lot of you just torque your snare..I think it loses the characteristics and such if you do that. You could have 5 different snares, crank them all really really tight and they are all gonna sound the same IMO.

Toms- Top head, get the wrinkles out and tweak with it. Bottom head, maybe a little tighter than the top, but same thing.

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Post Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:52 pm

karma10drummer wrote:I like them to have tone and resonace, no muffling. I tune my bottom heads a little higher then the tops. Snare can you say break out the tork bar. I like it tight :shock: . Bass Heads, I have two kicks my left just a little higher then the right one to give a difference in sound. Some double kick players like to tune the same on both. I like the change in sounds.

I'm with you on the snare, bend a tuning key almost. And it's funny, I just posted something about having the bass drums just slightly off. I like it.
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