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Old 11-14-2011, 11:25 AM
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Default Evans Torque Key Settings

Hey guys, i just picked up an evans torque key today and i can't find a good setting for my toms, i own a vintage kit, so the bottom heads sound alot better if they are higher than the batter. My snare is 16 batter and 18 reso.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:25 PM
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Technology, lol. The Evans Torque Key might get you in the ball park attaining sort of equal tension on your drums tension rods, but there are reasons that they do not work up to the customers expectations. First of all, the Torque Key really is not a precision piece of equipment, at the selling price how could it be. Secondly and most important, the fitness between each lug and tension rod on the drum is not always a constant. Also, many heads might need a bit more tension on some of their tension rods to get an equal pitch at all the lugs, and this is what to strive for. The Evans Torque Key may get you in the ball park, but you must be able to use your ears to actually get the heads in tune with themselves, the Torque key under most conditions will not do this. I found the numbers on the key are not calibrated but just arbitrary numerals.

I own an Evans Torque Key and I talk from experience. I use it during preliminary set-up of new heads on my Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute kit. The tension rods are very difficult for me to wrap my fingers around when trying to get the rods just touching the hoops of the drums. I have the Torque Key at a very low number that it basically clicks off when the rods come in contact with the hoops, that's all I trust it to do.

I would really recommend getting instructions on how to tune drums by ear, it's not difficult, but takes time and can be a very valuable asset. Being able to effectively tune your kit and maintain it, should go hand in hand with playing it. There are no devices better than one's ears for tuning drums.

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Old 11-14-2011, 03:23 PM
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Default Re: Evans Torque Key Settings

I use mine to get my heads close when setting up the kit with new heads. then I use my ears from there.

I really dont use it any other time but I love it for the first pass
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:00 PM
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Default Re: Evans Torque Key Settings

I don't bother and I don't know anyone else personally that does.

When changing heads I finger screw till I can't anymore, test and adjust if needed.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:25 AM
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Default Re: Evans Torque Key Settings

use your ears dude.

in my opinion torque keys are only good for a situation where you're a drum tech and you have to tune up someone elses kit during loud noises. they're also okay to help you get to a happy medium but they're never 100% accurate due to dirt being on tension rods, and some lugs may have warn out thread.

always always trust your ears
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