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Old 12-28-2009, 06:37 AM
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Default DTS Drum Tuning System

Anyone know anything about this? It seems like it works pretty well, but does it give you the same sound you would get when you tune the drum rod by rod? Also, will it work with all mountain systems and drums?
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:38 PM
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Anyone know anything about this? It seems like it works pretty well, but does it give you the same sound you would get when you tune the drum rod by rod? Also, will it work with all mountain systems and drums?
These guys still in business?

Anyway, it's a long story. In short, it's not a gadget that tunes drums. (In this respect, the company's advertising is quite misleading.) It's a gadget that will raise or lower the overall pitch of drums very quickly.

You install the heads and bring all tension rods to finger-tight, install the DTS, and then raise the drum to the pitch you want. You can raise it or lower it at will thereafter.

However: once the DTS is installed, it prevents you from doing lug-to-lug fine-tuning. You are at the mercy of whatever you had at finger-tight.

In other words, it's as if you brought a drum to finger-tight and then added precisely the same number of turns of the drum key to each tension rod. Most drummers do this to get the drum roughly where they want it, then do lug-to-lug fine-tuning. But the DTS prevents you from improving the tuning at this stage.

I question the need of most drummers to change the pitch of their drums quickly. How many of us take the same kit to a jazz gig in the afternoon and a rock gig at night?

Plus: DTS costs about $50 per head, i.e., $100 per drum. That gets expensive in a hurry for something of little or no practical use.

Folks who have trouble tuning should understand that there's no magic bullet they can buy to help them. They'd be better off getting a couple of lessons from a drummer who can tune.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:31 PM
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These guys still in business?
Which begs the question "What happened to Arbiter and their single rod tuning system"?
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