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Old 11-21-2012, 09:22 PM
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Thinking about asking for this from my wife for Christmas. Is it easy to use or is it one of those tools a guy would more likely try to use and then just go back to tuning "by ear"?

I'm having a heck of a time getting a decent resonant sound out of my 14" floor tom with a clear 1 ply head. I'd like to be able to even that out and I've been tuning by ear but sometimes those toms are pesky and are time consuming.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:23 PM
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:28 PM
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Is it more accurate/useful/less time consuming than say...a Tama Tension Watch?/Drum Dial?
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:45 PM
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Is it more accurate/useful/less time consuming than say...a Tama Tension Watch?/Drum Dial?
In my opinion YES .................
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:57 PM
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Although my initial thoughts were quite negative, I have found it useful for cutting through some ear related overtone confusion when used in "filter" mode. That said, I find it fairly inconsistent, & certainly not a "cure all". It's certainly useful for returning drums to favoured tuning after head changes, & also for those who wish to tune chromatically. It doesn't seem to like resonant drums very much, so as you can imagine, that's an issue for me ;)
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:14 PM
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I like it a lot, but not for getting a HEAD in tune with itself (lug-to-lug tuning); that I still do by ear mostly... But for getting a DRUM back to it previous tuning after head change, and tuning to notes, and getting harmonious intervals between drums I love it.

Also, I only use it for toms... I haven't had good results when using it on snare/bass, although, to be fair, I haven't really tried that hard since I was always happy with my by-ear results on those drums.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:48 PM
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I tried one, but i went back to drum dial, personally i prefer the analogue drum dial. I mainly use it so i know the tunings of my drums for when i tear them down and set them up again somewhere else.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:50 PM
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Unneccesary if you can tune by ear.
Nice aid if you struggle by ear.

It's taught me the nuances of tuning and has sharpened my tuning skills. I use it to tune ALL my drums and write down the frequency values on the heads for future use.

It has an occassional inconsistency, but that's where my ears help out. Overall, awesome stocking stuffer for the tuning troubled. You yourself will need to find the sweetspot of your 14" tom.

If you can tune by ear, ask for a new snare drum instead.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:57 PM
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Very useful tool and a real time saver.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:00 PM
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yes sir

far superior to that drum dial paper weight
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Is it more accurate/useful/less time consuming than say...a Tama Tension Watch?/Drum Dial?
Even a tuning fork would be more accurate/useful/less time consuming than a tension watch or a drum dial?
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:30 PM
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There is a full review in the latest (December) issue of Modern Drummer. I can't send you the link from my digital issue (not allowed) however it is quite favorable. Perhaps your local music shop has an issue you can read. I was impressed by the memory features that allows you to experiment with different tunings and go back to what you like. I see no problem in owning a device such as this, I currently use a drum dial in addition to my ears and I find it speeds things up. It's a tool and tools are for using when they work properly and by the account in the article it would seem worth while owning one, especially if you have a muti- tom set up.

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:53 PM
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I have a drum dial and I like it but my problem with it is that I feel like I need to crouch down and see the dial on the same level so I get an "accurate' reading. I've been thinking about getting a tunebot to try out. Haven't taken the plunge yet. My ears still seem to do a decent job and are much quicker if I'm actually at a gig. As with anything, tuning is sometimes a battle and a pain, hence the consideration for a device like the tunebot.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:18 PM
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I have a drum dial and I like it but my problem with it is that I feel like I need to crouch down and see the dial on the same level so I get an "accurate' reading. I've been thinking about getting a tunebot to try out. Haven't taken the plunge yet. My ears still seem to do a decent job and are much quicker if I'm actually at a gig. As with anything, tuning is sometimes a battle and a pain, hence the consideration for a device like the tunebot.
If anything....buy one to irritate the drummers with too much pride to use one ;-)

Honestly....it's a great tool and I don't think you'll rely on it or have to use it all the time.
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I did a few videos about it and used it quite some times. I regard it as a tool which enables you to tune your drums to a certain pitch (batter, resonant and fundamental).
Being a tool, you have to learn how to use it properly. It can be of great help but just buying one doesn't mean you can tune like a pro in 5 minutes.
Browsing the online info, learning suggested tuning ranges for your drums and learning how to ignore the off readings which will occur, it can certainly be a great aid.
In time, the more you've used it, the less you need it.
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Not if you don't need it.

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:01 AM
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Not if you don't need it.

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even if you don't need it is an extremely useful device

I know guys who change heads and tune drums for a living as drum techs and swear by this device

this guy is one of them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1EKjrMZzM
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:39 PM
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even if you don't need it is an extremely useful device

I know guys who change heads and tune drums for a living as drum techs and swear by this device

this guy is one of them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1EKjrMZzM
Excellent video, eveything is right there. Maybe you could put a very small square of moon-gel in the centre instead of your finger or maybe not.
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