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Old 06-30-2012, 08:34 PM
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Default tuning toms - resonate too long?

So, I recently got a 90 genista kit. I tuned it quite low when I picked it up, and today's been the first day I've really been able to play it as a kit, albeit in the living room.

At the moment, it feels like it rings out for just too long, but I'm wondering before I do anything about it if it might be because it's tuned quite low, the room, because I'm playing on my own, there isn't a 'too long', it's the pin stripe heads, because they're big drums, I've spent too long thinking about it, or a combination of all or some of those.

Would be interested to get your thoughts. Been home alone for 24 hours, beginning to go stir crazy!
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:15 PM
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Default Re: tuning toms - resonate too long?

the closer the heads are tuned to each other the more ring you will get

tune the bottom quite a bit higher than the top and there will not be as much resonance

if you tune the bottom head 50 to 100Hz higher than the top you will get a quicker decay but still nice tone
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:10 PM
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the closer the heads are tuned to each other the more ring you will get

tune the bottom quite a bit higher than the top and there will not be as much resonance

if you tune the bottom head 50 to 100Hz higher than the top you will get a quicker decay but still nice tone
This. ^^^^^ Also, if you de-tune one lug on the top head you get a little pitch bend and decay ala' Steve Gadd.
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:03 PM
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Default Re: tuning toms - resonate too long?

Good advices already given here, but keep in mind also that when you play alone in a room you might just have the "feeling" that your toms resonate a bit too much, you'll need this resonance if you play in a band setting, which will cover the "unwanted" resonance.

You may apply some moongels or zero rings to you to your toms batter heads, being not a fixed muffling devices, they can be taken out when not needed.

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Old 07-01-2012, 08:08 PM
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Default Re: tuning toms - resonate too long?

If you are in a living room with wooden floor and a basement below, that tends to be really good for resonance. If however you set up on a concrete slab, chances are your drums will be more tamed down.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:46 PM
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Go for the resonance and sustain and be happy you have it, lol.

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:19 AM
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Cheers all, some stuff to try out tomorrow. I'll let you know how I get on.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:38 PM
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Default Re: tuning toms - resonate too long?

A tip I read in MD magazine is to put some small handful of cotton balls inside the toms. I never tried it but may be a soloution for you.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:57 PM
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I tune for as much resonance as possible, then use moongels to dial it back. To me, that's the best sound on toms.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:22 PM
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I tune for as much resonance as possible, then use moongels to dial it back. To me, that's the best sound on toms.
+1 on that and I will add that even with single ply heads I only use moon jell on the large toms.
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