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This area and it now has its own website www.TUNADRUM.com
This is the original material. Thanks Mike.



Drum Head Configuration

Drum Head Configuration

Plies and ply thickness- how thick is the head, and how is it configured?

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Common Head Selections

Common head examples/selection chart:

Most percussionists and salesmen are familiar with these names, and they are a good starting point. While we acknowledge that other

Remo has universal names given to their heads, regardless of series, finish, etc.

  • -M5 or Thin, an extremely thin one ply head
  • -Diplomat, an thin one ply head
  • -Ambassador, a medium weight, one ply head
  • -Emperor, a two ply medium-thick head
  • -Pinstripe, two diplomat-weight plies with an epoxy muffling ring between the plies.
  • -Heavy, a thick single ply head
  • -Extra Heavy, a very thick single ply head
  • -Super, the thickest single ply on the market

 

companies make wonderful products, we have used Remo as an example.

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Drum Head FAQ

Questions: 

 

Q: What’s the best head/what should I use?

 
A: We can all make suggestions based on experience, but there’s no best, and the real only way to find out is to try it for yourself. Every head will sound different on YOUR drums, played by YOU. Coated ambassadors may sound great on my birch Premier Genista toms, but horrible on somebody else’s fiberglass Ludwig Vistalites! If you need help making a decision on what to try, be sure to include:

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Drum Tuning

Drum Tuning

Intro

Tuning a drum set is something that many drummers know a little about. In my experience, few understand exactly the principles and mechanics of what is going on and tuning generally therefore is a bit hit and miss.

In my opinion it defeats the purpose of investing hard earned money in buying a beautiful drum kit, then proceeding to adorn it with gaffer tape, bits of beer mats, insulation tape or even the application of ladies’ sanitary pads. It probably takes longer to organise one of the aforementioned items than it does to tune the drum once you know what you are doing.

This area of the site has grown so much that it now has its own domain -  Drum Tuning at TUNADRUM

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