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Old 11-06-2008, 08:36 PM
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Default Reso? or not?

I want a deep pitch in my toms.
It feels like resonance heads make it higher pitched.
Should I abandon Reso heads, or do Remo or Evans have reso heads designed to designate a deep focuses pitch?
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:54 PM
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Default Re: Reso? or not?

Take your toms, one by one, and do this:

Install batter and reso heads as evenly as possible and bring to finger-tight.

Add tension very graduallly, no more than a 1/4 turn at a time, using two keys on opposite sides of the head simultaneously. Tune both heads the same amount.

Strike the batter head in the middle after each 1/4 turn rotation. At first you'll get a flappy, papery sound. Add another round of 1/4 turns to both heads. Eventually you'll reach a point where you get a real tone. Make both heads the same pitch and make the lug-to-lug tuning decent.

That is the lowest note that drum will play.

Taking off the reso may let you tune a bit lower, but not by much, and the tone is terrible. Different heads may allow you to tune a bit lower, but not by much, either. Thicker heads will let you go somewhat lower because they will give a lower tone at a given tension.

If that's not low enough for you, you need bigger diameter drums.

Some drummers keep their toms at this lowest-point tuning, but many prefer to put the drums where they sing the best. That's a little higher than the lowest tone. Keep adding tension gradually to both heads and you will hear the drum bloom, get louder and fatter. That's where the drum sounds its best and where it sounds loudest and punchiest as well.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:21 PM
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Taking off the reso may let you tune a bit lower, but not by much, and the tone is terrible.
What tone? I wouldn't even consider it a tone, it sounds so bad...

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Different heads may allow you to tune a bit lower, but not by much, either. Thicker heads will let you go somewhat lower because they will give a lower tone at a given tension.
Yes!

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If that's not low enough for you, you need bigger diameter drums.
Yes!

It's my experience that having two heads on a drum will make it sound lower than just one head. The sympathetic vibrations of the two heads will slow each other down a tad, resulting in a lower pitch.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:21 PM
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I want a deep pitch in my toms.
What brand/series drum kit do you have, and what sizes? A lot of younger drummers want their drums to "sound" a certain way, and their drum kits are simply not up to the task. You have to work within the parameters of your kit.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:50 PM
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What brand/series drum kit do you have, and what sizes? A lot of younger drummers want their drums to "sound" a certain way, and their drum kits are simply not up to the task. You have to work within the parameters of your kit.
There in is the first question that needs to be asked!
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