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Forum: Drums 09-28-2010, 10:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,902
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Snare buzz eliminating wires

Great advice here. You may have your toms at their "optimum tuning" but something's gotta move. It can be the tuning of the snare drum, too.

Realize that you may only have to move the tuning of...
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2010, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,610
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Timekeeping for dummys?

Some suggestions (DVDs not required):

Play with a metronome, obviously. But at first, play with no fills. Zero. Just keep time. Play easy beats.

After this becomes comfortable, have the...
Forum: Drums 09-20-2010, 12:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,018
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: So I'm a beginning drummer and my drums are a mess ;~;

Here are the vids Enrico was talking about. And remember, no one was born knowing this stuff--I feel as though I'm still on the steep side of the learning curve after 40+ years!

Now, these vids...
Forum: Drums 09-19-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,439
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Bass drum depth

It's all a matter of taste, of course.

It's worth remembering, though, that for generations the rule of thumb was the larger the diameter the shallower the depth.

I think that rule is mostly...
Forum: Drums 09-19-2010, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,009
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: My Snare Buzzes too much.

Well, no. This would only be true if you were playing corporate-rock backbeats on 2 and 4 all night.

For any more interesting form of music, the snare drum offers a wonderful variety of sounds by...
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2010, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,517
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Best way to use Stone's Stick Control book?

One of the reasons it's such a valuable book is that you can use it for all those things.

Starting out, I'd stick with a pad or snare. But there's no reason why you can't later apply it to the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,174
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Tuning problem on toms. loose tension rod but drum dial displays overtension

Hate? Well, no. Disagreement does not equal hate, even if a lot of people seem to think so these days.

The DD has foibles, not hateful to point them out, nor to recommend against its use. Just...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2010, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,174
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Tuning problem on toms. loose tension rod but drum dial displays overtension

Instead of "perfect pitch memory" (which I don't have) I use a pitch pipe or piano keyboard instead.



You need to find the sweet spot for all your toms. Take each one down to finger-tight, then...
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2010, 02:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,174
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Tuning problem on toms. loose tension rod but drum dial displays overtension

I've adopted--which is to say, stolen outright--Gatzen's method of tapping at opposing tension rods across the head when doing lug-to-lug tuning, instead of going around the drum as I used to.
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Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2010, 01:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,174
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Tuning problem on toms. loose tension rod but drum dial displays overtension

Before you start taking hoops and heads off, check the tension rod opposite the problem one, by ear. You'll often find that it is too high (despite what the DD tells you) and if you bring this one...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,453
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Drum Bags, "Protection Racket". Are they good or great?.

Excellent bags, fairly priced.

Their deluxe cymbal bag is the tits.
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,356
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Sound variables of drum shells

Thanks for this post. I believe you've basically proved that shell depth doesn't make much difference in the scheme of things.



Although you don't describe the differences you heard, I would...
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2010, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,356
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Sound variables of drum shells

These are generalizations.

Diameter mostly affects pitch. Bigger the diameter, lower the pitch.

Depth mostly affects sustain and loudness.

Diameter-to-depth ratio: see above.

Thickness...
Forum: Drums 09-10-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,393
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Do they honestly expect people to believe thery're saving $900

Young drummers and their parents' money are easily separated.
Forum: Drums 09-08-2010, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: 20 Pences for the man

Cheer up, I didn't get my 20p either. ;-)
Forum: Drums 09-08-2010, 03:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: 20 Pences for the man

Well, the only tom heads Evans puts a white coating on are the G1s, G2s, and the G-pluses. These have real short sustain, so I vote for coated G2s.

Pretty sure the snare batter is a Yamaha-stamped...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,847
Posted By drumtechdad
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 09:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,650
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: For all you guys with an 18" (and probably 20") kick...

I have a colleague with both Gretsch and Yammy beech 18s. She uses coated PS3s on the batters and stock resos and they sound fabulous.
Forum: Drums 09-03-2010, 09:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,403
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Just about had it with my MMX...

I agree: if the shells are round and the bearing edges are good, it's tuning. Finding the sweet spot for each tom, as audiotech suggested, is the most important thing you can do. Remember: let the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Tuning / Dampening

Experience is your best teacher. Snare drums especially will sound different in a small practice space compared to a real venue-sized room.

If you're playing unmiked, you'd be amazed at how much...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,308
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Is the PS3 really better than fancier heads like the EMAD and Super Kick?

1. There is no Evans EC3 bass drum head. You may be thinking of the EQ3, which is a 2-ply head.

2. The Evans model that is similar to the PS3 is the EQ4.

3. The EMAD is not an equivalent to the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Tuning / Dampening

Many of us begin to like a more open sound over time, so that's not uncommon.

The main thing is how you play out: miked or unmiked. The two really have different requirements.

If you play out...
Forum: Drums 08-31-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,554
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Yet another tuning post...

First: are you using stock reso heads? If so, ditch them for clear Evans G1s or clear Ambassadors. They'll sound better and make tuning easier, too.

You say "although I can acquire equal pitch...
Forum: General Discussion 08-30-2010, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,585
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: Finger Tightening Trouble

One thing that helps, particularly on bass drums, is to turn opposite tension rods at the same time. Once you get to using the key, use two keys on opposite tension rods, too. Doing this helps the...
Forum: Drums 08-26-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,035
Posted By drumtechdad
Re: How to get that in-your-chest feeling with bass drum

This.



You're going to need them with that head.

As mentioned before, you'd be amazed at the difference in sound from right at the kit to 20' away. If you're unmiked you need to tune for...
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