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Old 05-25-2012, 06:07 AM
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Default Actually tried it and it sounds ok :)

Hard to believe, but most of my career when I've been confronted with a bass drum with a hole in the front head, I've always had some sort of dampener in there as well because I automatically get a microphone placed inside, or something like that.

Today, after 40 years of playing these things, I put my ported 22" chrome Starfire head back on my bass drum, and put nothing in the drum! (I know, I'm even amazed). Ten minutes later after experimenting with front head tuning, and not changing the batter head at all (an Evans EQ4), I got a really nice thudish-ring!

Usually, my front head is a PowerStroke 3 with no port, and I get a great nice low-end earth-shaking thump with a bit of ring for projection. Now, with the ported head (a 5" hole to boot), tightened up a bit, I get this nice earth-shaking thump with just a little less ring for projection. I'm afraid to admit how much better this would probably be in the long run for other musicians I play with. I've never been afraid of the 'bass drum note lasting as long as a whole note' idea, just so long as I didn't have that completely dead thud of a bass drum with a pillow in it.

I can't believe I've been playing this long and only now have gotten around to actually trying this. I guess I can learn something new....
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:07 AM
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Default Re: Actually tried it and it sounds ok :)

I think there's an early 'experimenting' phase when you're first learning, and when you start to become competent, there's a tendency to get 'set in your ways' - sometimes for a long time.
Some will start to open up to trying new things again, and some won't, I guess.
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