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Old 06-14-2010, 11:49 PM
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So i was messing around with my snare today (since in the past month i've somehow lost 2 full tubs of moongel) tuning it up and down, doing some tension rods tighter than others and all sorts of stuff.

So eventually after checking the pitch around each lug I make a small adjustment to one, and i somehow came across the snare sound i've been wanting for as long as i can remember. It's literally the smallest increment, maybe 1 or 2 millimeters, and the overtones are shortened considerably, the whole head is medium to medium-high tuning, it sounds great when played normally and especially rim shots, which i do all the time. I only discovered each of those assets after playing it once, then readjusting that one tension rod again.

I really want to keep that snare sound but i can't because of how small the adjustment is on that one rod. I don't have the money/want to spend what little cash i have on some highly sensitive tuning rods or anything. I don't have the time or money and the sound i'm getting is obviously possible with 'regular' tension rods.

For the love of god, someone give me a way to keep that sound because i want to keep it. Or will i just have to keep adjusting it every so often?
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:09 AM
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Default Re: Tuning: Finding that sweet spot, then losing it.

The is an acessory to lock the rod position

I guess its about less than $20 ... also .. I forgot the name of it, but googling should'nt be hard at all, or browsing some "misc" parts in some online shops

Really dont know if it does what it promisses, but i guess it worths the try since its no that expensive
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:22 AM
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The is an acessory to lock the rod position

I guess its about less than $20 ... also .. I forgot the name of it, but googling should'nt be hard at all......
Lug Locks: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.c...ack?sku=500973

Never used them and I've heard they can be a pain if you want to do a quick tune, but from what I've read, I believe they work.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:36 AM
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Default Re: Tuning: Finding that sweet spot, then losing it.

Better than Lug Locks, I tried the Tight Screws a while back and they work great. It's a normal tension rod with a small strip of plastic running down the shaft. They never loosen.

http://stores.tightscrew.com/Categories.bok
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:39 AM
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Default Re: Tuning: Finding that sweet spot, then losing it.

My Tama kit came equipped with "Hold Tight" washers that work very well in keeping the tension rods where they are tuned. I had a slight problems with my Gretsch Renowns, toms and snare, before I put some neoprene washers of the correct size on their tension rods. The added friction between the rods and the rims help prevent the rods from spinning on their own. There are other products but these are inexpensive and very easy to install and your still able to freely tune your drums.





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Old 06-16-2010, 02:23 PM
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Nice tip, Dennis.

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Old 06-16-2010, 03:07 PM
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Default Re: Tuning: Finding that sweet spot, then losing it.

My snare has black plastic washers on each lug but i don't think they are 'Hold Tight' washers or anything like that. I'll be getting a new part time/summer job thing soon so hopefully i'll find some cheaper Tight Screws than the ones i found on ebay (10 of them for 20 is just ridiculous...)

Let you know more when i can and thanks so far.
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