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Old 07-24-2016, 01:32 AM
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Hello guys this is my first thread!
Well I started drumming 3 months ago and I know a few things. My worst problem is tuning: I love tuning my drums but I always have some important buzz on my toms , loosing a bit the lugs close to the wires helped but it's still a lot of buzz, especially on the 12' tom
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There will always be some buzz. You can try tweaking the bottom head of the 12 inch tom. Also tune the snare batter and bottom heads tight and adjust the strainer tension to lessen it.
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:41 AM
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There will always be some buzz. You can try tweaking the bottom head of the 12 inch tom. Also tune the snare batter and bottom heads tight and adjust the strainer tension to lessen it.
Oh I know but this is quite a lot. I have my snare very tight on the reso side but the batter a little loose. My snare is 14x5.5 and I don't like both sides tight but tomorrow I'm going to try that thanks a lot
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There is another trick. Cut the two middle strands from your snare with wire cutters and remove them. Cut them so that an edge of the cut wires won't puncture the head.
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Oh I know but this is quite a lot. I have my snare very tight on the reso side but the batter a little loose. My snare is 14x5.5 and I don't like both sides tight but tomorrow I'm going to try that thanks a lot
Also make sure your snares are connected -- whether by strap or strings -- evenly (squarely, so one side is not being pulled more than the other). Then, if they're even, experiment with snare tension via the strainer.The snare wires will go through tuning "zones" zones, from:

-- Loose, rattle-ey. This is sure to produce a lot of buzz.
-- Crisp, but sounding a little too crisp or choked. This can still buzz.
-- The "Fat Zone." Drum seems to open up, with more body (low overtones).
-- Completely too tight and choked.

I usually go for the third option. The fourth option may work in some specific instances, but usually not... Unlike other drums, the snare wires are an integral part of the snare tuning process. It's also possible that the selected snare tuning may simply not work with the selected tom tuning, so rather than simply turning a few lugs on a drum (which might produce unpleasant overtones in that drum), pick an entirely different tuning interval between drums.

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Here is some great videos from Bob Gatzen.
https://youtu.be/WcHAFgafPkE
https://youtu.be/CNNGBVA66Hk
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