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Old 02-20-2018, 08:02 PM
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Default Bass drum rebound

Do folks find that more rebound makes it easier to do fast bass drum work? I believe an unported reso head and tighter batter tuning would contribute to more rebound, but may be at odds with the desired sound. Thoughts? I'm working on speeding up my (single) bass drum technique and have played a lot with the spring settings, but not given much thought to the drum itself.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:58 PM
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I don't play fast, and I tend to bury the beater.

The less rebound the better.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:31 PM
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The answer is yes. Just look at John Bonhams footwork on a big unported but tightly tuned bass drum. The extra rebound can work for you.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:04 PM
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Default Re: Bass drum rebound

I use a 14"x24", tuned high, no port, and no dampening inside.
I dislike the rebound I get with my kick drum, but I've been at it for a while, that I've gotten used to playing with rebound.

Heel up & I don't bury the beater.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:29 PM
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Default Re: Bass drum rebound

Thats a great point. If you are leaving the beater on the head, it doesn't really matter too much either way, rebound or no.

If you are letting the beater bounce off the head (regardless of heel up / heel down), this is where you can take the rebound to your advantage.

But usually at high speeds (170 BPM and greater, consecutive 8th's notes with a single foot), it becomes very hard to 'bury the beater' anyway....your feet will naturally start releasing the beater off the head immediately after the beater makes contact.
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:11 AM
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Default Re: Bass drum rebound

I have two bass drum strokes. A wide open un-muffled tone, and a closed muffled tone, I practice these in double strokes, closed open and open closed, in addition to open open and closed closed.

I can't wait until the weather warms up, so I can do some biking, my bass drum chops are slowing down.


Oh yeah, and no one really cares about rebound.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:59 AM
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Default Re: Bass drum rebound

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The answer is yes. Just look at John Bonhams footwork on a big unported but tightly tuned bass drum. The extra rebound can work for you.
...and I think it feels better too!
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:27 PM
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Default Re: Bass drum rebound

Judging by the number of ported drum heads for sale relative to unported, and all the porting kits and stuff, most people don't care very much about the change in feel? Or is it that all the bass drums came with unported heads, so you only buy one if you want the port...
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