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Old 05-30-2008, 08:07 PM
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Default tuning my drums to sound like bonzo's

I own a bonzo style kit. it has a everything from the 26 inch bass drum to the 14 inch steel snare. The only problem is that I want it to have that bonham signature tone. so if you have any tips or any info on the subject post it down.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:18 PM
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Default Re: tuning my drums to sound like bonzo's

Check out the Jeff Ocheltree DVD.

There's some of it on YouTube, and I think there's some clips here on Drummer World as well.

On the wood shell kits:

Coated Emps on top, Coated Ambassadors on bottom.
Coated Emp on snare.
Coated Emp on kick batter, Smooth or Coated Ambassador on front with felt strips

Leave the toms and snare open with no muffling.

Play with conviction.

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Old 05-30-2008, 08:44 PM
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Default Re: tuning my drums to sound like bonzo's

Bonham recorded with Ludwig 3 ply shells. You may want to watch some Jeff Ocheltree video's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMqHqADnREY for tuning help. Or buy his DVD "Trust Your Ears". Pretty easy to get info on his drum set histories here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bonham Lots of his sound was "the room, mics, and studio voodoo". Plenty cats on this forum (including myself) play, or played "Bonham" kits (see thread) http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ght=bonham+kit and then factor in what type of drum kit you have. The Gretsch 26" kit is not gonna sound like the Ludwig Accent Zep. kit is not gonna sound like a Luddie Classic maple kit, etc. So find peace in the fact that close is as good as it's probably gonna get.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:48 PM
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Default Re: tuning my drums to sound like bonzo's

He did use coated heads in the very early days. He switch to dot-heads later.

But the most important thing, is that Bonzo tuned his drums higher, like jazz drummers. He was probably emulating Buddy's sound. In fact, I'm sure of it.

Tune the toms past the "ideal" point (just a full turn or two beyond finger tight), until they are almost choked. Then, "break in" the heads by pressing inward with the palms until the glue cracks or they are de-tuned a bit. Give them a quarter turn or to taste until they "sing".

Bonzo had big drums tuned high. He hit them with good rebound and lots of wrist power.
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