replacing Drum heads

FelterSkelter

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Start with a ruler. Get an idea of what kind of sound you want. Research different heads and try to figure out what combination is going to give you the sound you want.
 

xdoseonex

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measure them with a tape mesure. drum sizes are 8" 10" 12" 13" 14" and 16" and the bass drum is usualy gonna be either 20" or 22". your set is most likely 12",13",16" with a 22" bass drum. but measure everything to make sure. after you have the sizes. decide what brand of heads you want to use and go to theyre website for head combination reccomendations. or just ask the guy at your local drumshop.

to change the heads you need a drum key. use it to loosen all the tension rods around the rim of the drum. there will probly be 6 or 8 of them. lift the rim off and take off the old drum head. wipe down the bearing edge (the edge of the drum where the head sits) with a cloth to free it of any dust that may have built up. and put your new head on, put the rm back on and finger tighten the tension rods. press down in the center of the drumhead with firm pressure. this will "seat" the head to allow it to be tuned properly. to tune your drums press down in the middle of the drumhead with 1 hand, and with the other tighten your tension rods til you relieve all the wrinkles in the drumhead. once this is done the head is ready to be tuned. hit it with a stick ner every lug and bring the pitches as close as you possibly can. so theres even tension all around the drums. keeing even tension n al the tension rods tune the drum how you want it to sound.

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kErmit vOn zOmbie

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xdoseonex":3l457qa2 said:
measure them with a tape mesure. drum sizes are 8" 10" 12" 13" 14" and 16" and the bass drum is usualy gonna be either 20" or 22". your set is most likely 12",13",16" with a 22" bass drum. but measure everything to make sure. after you have the sizes. decide what brand of heads you want to use and go to theyre website for head combination reccomendations. or just ask the guy at your local drumshop.

to change the heads you need a drum key. use it to loosen all the tension rods around the rim of the drum. there will probly be 6 or 8 of them. lift the rim off and take off the old drum head. wipe down the bearing edge (the edge of the drum where the head sits) with a cloth to free it of any dust that may have built up. and put your new head on, put the rm back on and finger tighten the tension rods. press down in the center of the drumhead with firm pressure. this will "seat" the head to allow it to be tuned properly. to tune your drums press down in the middle of the drumhead with 1 hand, and with the other tighten your tension rods til you relieve all the wrinkles in the drumhead. once this is done the head is ready to be tuned. hit it with a stick ner every lug and bring the pitches as close as you possibly can. so theres even tension all around the drums. keeing even tension n al the tension rods tune the drum how you want it to sound.

I'll let someone else hande resonant heads
not to be picky but you forgot 6", 15", 18" toms and 24" and 26" bass/kick drums. yes there are larger kicks but they are rare.

also clean out your rim (on the inside) of crap and debris BEFORE putting it back on your new heads. you can have anywhere from 6 to 10 lugs per drum, per side. finger tighten all of the lugs as previously mentioned. tech tip at this stage take a pen or marker and start with any lug and come in an inch and a half or about 5 cm from the lug and mark it with a 1. directly across from this mark it 2, go back to 1 and go the next lug to the right (you can go left it doesn't matter) and label it 3, then same dance for lug 2 and now label it 4 do that until you have all you lugs labled on the drum head. now go back to 1 ensure that it is snug on the drum head and give it 2 full cranks with a drum key, go to lug 2 and repeat, then repeat following number sequence 1, 2, 3, 4 etc (like changing a tire). afterwards you might want to give each lug more full cranks the point is apply the same pressure evenly across the head, until you tighten the head really high like a reggae snare. this will break the head in. in optimum conditions you will want to leave it like this overnight so the head stretches. then taping on the numbers tune the drum up or down until you like the sound. make the drum have the same sound across all the lugs and you should be good to go.
 
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