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Old 08-11-2016, 07:48 PM
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Default Left my kit in my car for a few days. Damage to drums?

I wasn't really thinking about it and I managed to leave my kit in my car for 3 or 4 days. It's been around 85-90 degrees here lately and the car has been outside in the sun. The drums are in cases and my windows are tinted if that makes a difference. It's a Yamaha stage custom kit. I just took them out of my car and everything looked fine, but I don't really know what to look for. Really hoping I didn't mess them up by accident.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:53 PM
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When wood under tension hits about 160 degrees Fahrenheit, it will warp in the direction of the tension. For drums, it's not usually a huge issue unless there's something sitting on top of them. I doubt they will bend under their own weight.

Guitars/Basses, on the other hand, are easily destroyed if you leave them baking in a hot car all day.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:03 PM
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Once you get them back in the house, let them come back to room temp. before moving them around or setting them up.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:14 PM
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Think about this. On tour all of our gear sits in an aluminum trailer baking in the sun all day driving from place to place. I don't know how hot it gets, but I know on hot summer days it will be well over 100 inside. I have done this for years all across the country and I have never experienced an issue relating to heat. I seriously doubt a few days in your car is going to hurt anything.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:22 PM
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I've been keeping my drums in my van since 2010. Lacquered DW's and Pearls and now my PDP wrapped drums. All uncased/unbagged. Today it's really hot and humid here in Pennsylvania. I don't give it a 2nd thought, nothing bad has ever happened to my drums as a result. Non issue. I like to think it dries the wood out at a faster rate. Dry wood is much more resonant and lighter than "wetter" wood. I would think fast temperature change would be a bigger issue, taking the drums from a hot van into an air conditioned room. But I never had a problem there either.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:57 PM
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Drums are tough instruments because they are laminated (98% of the time). Because they are made of plies, this drastically increases the strength as opposed to it being a single-ply thin shell. Acoustic guitars with laminated backs and sides are much more durable than their all-solid counterparts.

The only thing I worry about in extreme heat is a wrapped finish. Lacquer finishes (or matte finishes) should be fine.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:25 PM
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Nothing will happen. I gig just about everyday, so my gig kit pretty much stays in a car all the time. I'm in New England, so we have a variety of weather too.

This summer we've had plenty of days over 90F/32C and in the winter we had plenty of days around 10F/-12C.

It can be a pain sometimes as I have to tweak the tuning, but there is no damage to the drums.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:01 PM
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David Garibaldi tells a story about a set of drums that he left in his garage over a hot summer, and they 'sort of baked and dried out', and sounded better than ever before.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:01 PM
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Yes they are ruined. Just send then to me.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:06 AM
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Yes they are ruined. Just send then to me.
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:18 AM
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Those drums were pressed at about 200 degrees and 2500psi. They are just fine. The only damage that could possibly occur would be to the finish, but so far as I've seen, from below zero to over 160, drums will be absolutely unharmed. I've tested this from winter in Syracuse to summer in Tucson
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:28 AM
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Interesting and great to hear! I saw another thread where the consensus was that it was a terrible idea and could really mess up your drums. Glad to hear differently
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:41 AM
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Think about this. On tour all of our gear sits in an aluminum trailer baking in the sun all day driving from place to place. I don't know how hot it gets, but I know on hot summer days it will be well over 100 inside. I have done this for years all across the country and I have never experienced an issue relating to heat. I seriously doubt a few days in your car is going to hurt anything.
Not to mention, drums like a Yamaha Stage Custom, sat in a metal container on a cargo ship for months, then on a truck to the Yamaha facility, then on another truck to the store...

Drums have already been through a lot before they were even purchased.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:13 PM
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I wouldn't leave my drums in the car for a few days. Not because of the weather but some little shit would probably break into my car and steal them.

Back on topic, I don't think heat is a problem unless there's flames involved. I'd be more worried about damp and cold.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:27 PM
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I work a lot in the Summer and due to working a day job as well I don't have time to unload the kit. If you can crack the Windows. I have yet to see any damage to any of my kits.
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:21 PM
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a few days? My drums have been in my car for 9 years!
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:41 PM
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I've had a set of drums either in a band van or in my personal car for many years in all sorts of weather --- both lacquer and wrapped drums from time to time. Never ran into any issues... save for a bad leak in a window once, luckily the drums were cased and just ended up with some water damage to the fibre cases.

I actually worry more about leaving them out in cold weather, in the winter I usually bring them into the venue and let them sit for 15-20 min's before setting up (if I've got the time)...

a couple days?!? that's nothing to worry about!
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:30 PM
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Extreme, rapid temperature changes recurring over a long period of time are drums' worst enemy.
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:59 PM
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I use my uninsulated, no-climate-control garage for drumming and drum storage, and it gets quite chilly in the winter and well over 100 degrees in the worst of summer. I have had zero issues. In fact, I might say I could agree with Dave Garibaldi, both my drumsets sound killer since I moved to this house...
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:56 AM
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Weather aside I'm just not sure why you would leave your drums in your car....theft being the biggest worry. I'm as lazy as it gets, but too much stuff gets ripped off for me to be leaving valuable stuff in my car for days on end.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:26 AM
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Weather aside I'm just not sure why you would leave your drums in your car....theft being the biggest worry. I'm as lazy as it gets, but too much stuff gets ripped off for me to be leaving valuable stuff in my car for days on end.
F-150 with a locking fiberglass tonneau. It would be easier to steal the truck than the drums. It gets hot in there though, like 160 degrees, and my drum have suffered no ill affects.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:04 AM
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The 'don't leave your instrument in your car' possibly stems from stringed instruments which can go out of tune and in extreme cases snap strings. This applies to flights too.

Maybe for drums it's not quite the same although beware condensation, it can rust hardware.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:44 AM
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It is absolutely no problem as long as the drums aren't really valuable, vintage, or fragile. And you don't mind the mess.

I have seen burnt lacquer... from being left in a car with the windows up. In the summer.

And split wrap.

Really. If you don't care you don't care. I wouldn't do it to anything I own.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:43 AM
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I don't know, you should probably go get a new drum set just to be on the safe side.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:57 PM
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It is absolutely no problem as long as the drums aren't really valuable, vintage, or fragile. And you don't mind the mess.

I have seen burnt lacquer... from being left in a car with the windows up. In the summer.

And split wrap.

Really. If you don't care you don't care. I wouldn't do it to anything I own.
My drums are DW Collectors and I'm telling you they're fine in the heat. This kit is nineteen years old and started life with a Lavender Satin finish. It now has a Delmar Black Glitter wrap. Both finishes have been unaffected by the southern AZ heat. However I have always kept them in Hume's&Berg hard cases.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:45 AM
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I've done this countless times. Sometimes in 100° weather. It is a PDP lacquered kit. Never had a problem.
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:16 AM
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The only issue I had was with a wrapped kit. The wrap bubbled, but it was only taped on. I pulled the wrap off and stained it and nothing else ever happened.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:10 PM
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A friend of mines wrap got buggered leaving it in a car with the sun shining through it. But lacquered kits tend to be ok with it.
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:13 PM
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Here's a good one: https://youtu.be/DhboYQHDRI4?t=3m2s
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:10 PM
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I've been keeping my drums in my van since 2010. Lacquered DW's and Pearls and now my PDP wrapped drums. All uncased/unbagged. Today it's really hot and humid here in Pennsylvania. I don't give it a 2nd thought, nothing bad has ever happened to my drums as a result. Non issue. I like to think it dries the wood out at a faster rate. Dry wood is much more resonant and lighter than "wetter" wood. I would think fast temperature change would be a bigger issue, taking the drums from a hot van into an air conditioned room. But I never had a problem there either.
Just to prove his point, Larry is now going to store his Gurus in the same van for the next few months.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:34 PM
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Man, back when I was gigging regularly I would leave my drums in my car for weeks on end. It was really irresponsible, and I'm fortunate no one ever tried to make off with the, but they don't seem to be any worse for wear.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:07 PM
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Well since this thread is back...
My current kit, I leave it in the car all the time. Ludwig element birch.

The only issues I have had with this kit was dust. So much dust on a satin black lacquer!
And on a Evans inked head, the EMAD style port ring tray fell off, because the glue couldn't take the heat. Didn't bother me because I prefer a t-shirt balled up against the head.

It was in there most of the summer, and in a shed that was hotter than outside.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:23 PM
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My drums are DW Collectors and I'm telling you they're fine in the heat. This kit is nineteen years old and started life with a Lavender Satin finish. It now has a Delmar Black Glitter wrap. Both finishes have been unaffected by the southern AZ heat. However I have always kept them in Hume's&Berg hard cases.
Yea, but it's a DRRRY heat. I had a Tama Granstar wrap sitting in closed hot humid car for just one day and the wrap bubbled on the bass drum.
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:43 AM
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In about 30 years the finish will crack prematurely.
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:09 AM
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When I was gigging in the winter and getting home at 3:30am, there was No way I was unpacking the car.

I'd grab my snare and say a prayer for the rest. :)

My attitude on this stuff is - don't worry about it until there's something to worry about. Anything can happen, but 99.99% of the time nothing happens.

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