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Old 08-28-2011, 02:01 AM
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After telling a fellow drummer that my reso are slighty higher in pitch than my batter he asks: "higher in pitch or higher in tension?" Honestly, I never thought much about it. I tune the batter to where I think it needs to be then tune the reso slightly higher (in pitch) and adjust from there. So when you guys talk about tuning the bottom heads higher than the top are you refering to pitch or tension?
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:09 AM
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Pitch. Couldn't care less about the tension, it's pitch that matters.
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:45 AM
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Default Re: Interesting question regarding tom tension

The tension varies with the head types and combinations that I am using.
A higher pitch on the reso doesn't always mean a tighter tension than the batter.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:02 AM
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Pitch. Couldn't care less about the tension, it's pitch that matters.
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The tension varies with the head types and combinations that I am using.
A higher pitch on the reso doesn't always mean a tighter tension than the batter.
Because this ^ this is also true.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:52 AM
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Default Re: Interesting question regarding tom tension

Yes tension is not a stable variable. Like Bob said it varies with different heads.
Also let's say you tune a tom head up, tune it back down, and tune it up again. This messes with the tension as well.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:55 PM
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Default Re: Interesting question regarding tom tension

Thanks for the replies. That's what I told him but then thought maybe there was something I didn't know.
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:20 PM
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Default Re: Interesting question regarding tom tension

The relationship between tuning and tension is interesting.
You will see many people come on with a thread about the Drum Dial or the Tension Watch
and complain that these tuning devices don't work.
The devices are working fine. It is the person who is tuning who isn't listening to the drum.
Many people hope for an easy out when it comes to tuning.
I wish that there was an easy way too! I'm just as lazy as the next guy!
It would be great to be able to say that ______ drum tunes at _____ tension with ______ heads, Just set it and forget it.
That's why the Gatzen videos are so helpful. He demonstrates in easy to understand ways how tension affects tuning.

Sometimes its just a matter of about 1/8 turn of a rod to make a giant difference in the performance of a drum.
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