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Old 02-09-2017, 10:43 PM
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Anyone else use wax on the bearing edges of your drums when changing a head? I learned this long ago.....you rub the bearing edge with a wax candle. It lubricates the head, fills in small gaps in the plywood, and gives you an easier tuning. Anyone try ski wax? I bet that would be good too.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:22 AM
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I have done the candle wax once. I think it lasts a long time.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:47 AM
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I have done the candle wax once. I think it lasts a long time.
Same with me. I heard about and did that on my Gretsch kit about thirty years ago. Not sure I'd have noticed an improvement, but I guess it didn't hurt anything.

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PS- On a side note- they had some rough-ass edges on some of those things from what I remember. Really coarse and scratchy. Seems like just smoothing them out (which I probably did) would help more than the wax.
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:06 AM
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Surfboards and bodyboards, lots of times. Drums, nope.
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:31 AM
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Surfboards and bodyboards, lots of times. Drums, nope.
I was thinking Sex Wax would work, but I didn't want to frighten the locals. I've never waxed a kit before. Don't really see a reason to.
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:37 AM
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I was thinking Sex Wax would work, but I didn't want to frighten the locals. I've never waxed a kit before. Don't really see a reason to.
I think it changes too drastically. Though I've only used the cold-water stuff since we don't get warm ocean water in nor-cal. If it gets warm on the board, it melts off in a gross way that I wouldn't want on my drums.

Candle wax is probably a lot more stable.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:11 AM
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Yes I have. Candle on the bearing edge.
Went out today and picked up a can of Trewax (clear) carnauba to apply to the shell of my snare drum per the recommendation from Curt Waltrip.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:34 AM
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I almost always rub a candle around the bearing edge whenever I change heads. It seems to help the new heads slip into place as described above.
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Old 02-10-2017, 01:04 PM
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Never heard of this.

When I change heads on my drums in about 5 years from now, I may try it. I'll let everyone know how it goes! Stay tuned....
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:24 PM
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Use sex wax on my Ludwig. The bearing edges are what you'd expect on a 70s Ludwig, non-existent!

It also helps control lively drums as well.

Quite a few drum stores stock sex wax. Haven't used it on my newer kits.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:07 PM
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I tried it. It did nothing. I then went out and bought some of that Chap-stick bearing edge wax because I'm a sucker for doodads. It did nothing. I got some on my fingers and then on my hoops and made a smudgy mess of my clean chrome.

Then I got to thinking about wax on the edges and decided I don't want anything on the edges of my ply shells. I don't want to find out in the future that the wax got in between the plys and caused separation because of some kind of oxidative acidity reaction I may have failed to consider in my quest for fixing something that doesn't need it.

I think I'd rather clog the grain by sanding the edges super smooth. I haven't heard a head make a cracking noise while tuning in years.
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:03 PM
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Tried it on my edges and I don't think it matters/helps. Would rather sand it smooth.

I do like to rub a candle on my sticks to give a little more friction for my grip. Hands are always dry and the wax gets a little sticky when warm but not too sticky to get on your fingers etc.. Really helps.
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