Originally Posted by larryace
Mr. Boltzmann, I am not attacking, but I wouldn't mind debating the matter. (offers peace pipe)
ugh, me smokum peace pipe with youse.
my take: no two drums are alike. some drums have multiple sweet spots, some do not. i was called in strictly as a drum tech to a friend's studio a couple of weeks ago, and he was incredulous that i didn't tune to a specific pitch, so we did an experiment on a ten inch tom, completely detuning it, and then retuning. it ended up almost exactly the same pitch every time (we had a little time to play around). he was also amazed that i didn't use a tunebot. we then proceeded to finish tuning the rest of the set (drum by drum), and, as usual, the drums sounded great (a nice set of pearls with new remo heads). i've always tuned drum by drum, for maximum sustain and resonance (maybe it helps that i have perfect pitch- thanks mom. not RELATIVE pitch, but absolute pitch. i get teased about that a lot by my "legitimate" musician friends. "a drummer with perfect pitch- what a waste!"). anyway, of course you know that often times we take this perfectly tuned drum, and attach it to its mount, and it loses some or all of its glory. that drives me nuts. it happens with any kind of mount, given the right (wrong) conditions, at which time either the mount will have to be modified (maybe there's something attached to the mount that's causing a critical frequency to be cancelled), or the drum will have to be retuned, moving it out of its sweet spot. i have an 8x8 sonor birch tom like that. it is outrageously sensitive to tuning and mounting, but man, does it sing when you get it right. in a nutshell, that's why i think tuning to a specific pitch is lame.