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Old 02-13-2017, 03:13 AM
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I recently picked up set of second-hand drums. I am a beginner drummer but I would like these drums to sound as good as they can. I used to take drum lessons and I am thinking of calling my old teacher to come tune these drums. I will not be playing the drums every day or anything, like twice a week for an hour per session. How long can I expect the drums to stay in tune? Years? Months?
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:19 AM
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Default Re: How long does a tuning last?

Depends on the lugs/washers and how hard you hit. Days to months is the usual range.

You're going to have to learn to tune them yourself, eventually. It's part of being a drummer, for better or for worse.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:27 AM
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Too many variables. Lugs fit tight or not, weather at times, how hard you hit, age of heads ec etc etc.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:01 AM
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How long? Not very long! LOL!
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:47 PM
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Default Re: How long does a tuning last?

As Push Pull said days to months.

Slick and clean tension rods will be easier to tune, but go out of tune faster.


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Old 02-13-2017, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: How long does a tuning last?

The answer is, it depends. It depends on your playing style, volume, the gear, and many other factors. Different drums also go out of tune more quickly than others. I typically don't have to retune my bass drum for months and months on end, but I'm constantly retuning my snare, especially the lugs at the 8 o'clock position, which is where I do a lot of rimshots.

Drum tuning, in my opinion, is crucial to sounding your best on the instrument. A guitarist would not play a badly tuned or untuned instrument; most melodic instrument players take great care to tune before each performance. Drummers should not shy away from tuning their instruments as conscientiously.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:24 PM
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I suggest some balance with this. As others have said "it depends."

BUT, don't get so freaked out about getting your tuning "perfect" that you lose out on the fun and enjoyment of practicing and playing. In other words-for now, as a beginner, "close" will be close enough until your skills are developed.

So many factors-the age of your heads and the shape your kit is in, and even the room you practice in will all impact the sound of your kit. Most improtantly, keep working with your teacher a little bit at each lesson so that he can make recommendations based on watching and listening to what you are doing. Maybe even have him detune the snare drum for instance and then work with him to retune it properly...

Be patient, you will get it eventually...
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:24 AM
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Thanks guys. I am going to have my old drum teacher come over and pay him for his time to get my set sounding like it should. I will try to learn by watching and attempt to keep them tuned in the future.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:34 AM
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Just a heads up: In real life, drums dont sound anything like they do on recordings.
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Thanks guys. I am going to have my old drum teacher come over and pay him for his time to get my set sounding like it should. I will try to learn by watching and attempt to keep them tuned in the future.
Plenty of YouTube clips to review as well to accelerate the learning and doing if you decide you don't want to pay anyone.
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