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Old 11-29-2011, 02:34 AM
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Hey guys, I'm getting my new kit soon and want to change the bass drum's reso head from a black one to a white one, either a Remo Smooth White or Ambassador. I'm going to have to cut a port hole in the head and I'm just wondering if a port hole cutter tool, like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bass-Drum-mi...#ht_3910wt_962 , would still work with a coated head like an Ambassador, or does this tool only work with thin and smooth reso heads?

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:38 AM
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Default Re: Port hole cutter tool

It will Get Er Done no problem. Coated heads cut just like smooth ones do.

There is always the , Heat the can on the stove and melt the hole method.
It works great also.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:51 AM
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I use the Holz cutter when needed and it's great. It takes a slight knack of knowing how much pressure to use, but once you've got it, you've got it. Also important to use it on a piece of cardboard to keep from damaging the tabletop/counter/floor you'll be working on.

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:40 PM
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Awesome, thanks guys!
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:55 PM
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Default Re: Port hole cutter tool

If you don't wish to buy anything, you can also use an empty hot coffee can, (heated on a stove burner) to burn a hole in about 3 seconds. Check it on u-tube "how to make a bass drum porthole". I've done it plenty of times, coated or uncoated. The only head it does not work on very well are Fiberskyns.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:03 PM
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If you don't wish to buy anything, you can also use an empty hot coffee can, (heated on a stove burner) to burn a hole in about 3 seconds. Check it on u-tube "how to make a bass drum porthole". I've done it plenty of times, coated or uncoated. The only head it does not work on very well are Fiberskyns.
The problem with a can is, you get one size hole - period. And if it doesn't happen to be 5 or 6", you won't have much luck putting a ring on it if desired. And if the can is out of round, the hole will be as well. And, you have to have a can laying around in the first place. I find it's better to spend the $8-10 and get the right tool for the job.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:01 PM
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The problem with a can is, you get one size hole - period. And if it doesn't happen to be 5 or 6", you won't have much luck putting a ring on it if desired. And if the can is out of round, the hole will be as well. And, you have to have a can laying around in the first place. I find it's better to spend the $8-10 and get the right tool for the job.

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Um...Cans come in more than one size. Sure if you want to buy the tool, thats great, nothing wrong with tools, go get 'em. But I suspect if you're not buying new bass drum resos every month, that tool is sitting around a long time. One can innovate. I have been able to find perfect 4 and 5 inch cans....and would never do a 6 inch porthole anyway. I like and have plenty of tools, but this is one I think is unnecessary.
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I trace the reinforcement ring on the spot and then use small finger or toe nail scissors to do it by hand. Three minutes worth of work.
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:11 AM
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Default Re: Port hole cutter tool

Actually, I might not need to cut a whole in my reso head. I just discovered that Evans makes an white EQ3 reso head with 5" port hole already in it. I'm going to open another thread about what I should use for a reso between that and the Ambassador.

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