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Old 01-24-2012, 03:24 PM
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Default Tuning troubles

Ah how many threads have we seen with tuning troubles?

Anyway MY problem:

I've been playing on my kit with the UX heads that came with it. Good sound, not great but meh.

Anyway changed my heads to Evans Onyx. I've got experience with them before. So I now have Onyx batt and UX res (couldn't afford to change the res).

Only thing is I can't get the drums to sound good with each other... I've got one or two in tune and singing beautifully, but I can't get my others to sit in canon with them.

I'm considering tuning to notes and once I have a basis tune to my personal taste. I have 7 toms so it would be a do-re-mi-fh-so-lah-ti-do job which I think is D to D.

Any tips/hints/thoughts anyone has? I can't be sat on buckets until my next finance comes around or I'll have to pay out for all new heads on both sides of the toms, and my bass drums will need doing by then anyway.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:11 PM
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Default Re: Tuning troubles

Well whats the problem? are they too ringy, too dead, just dont sound good in comparison to each other? If you an describe the problem in more depth i can probably help, i played the worst sounding drums for ages and i made them sound good somehow.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:21 PM
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Default Re: Tuning troubles

7 toms are a lot. I have my hands full with 3 toms. It seems you need to have small tuning intervals between them. No more than 1 full step I would imagine. 7 toms. Wow. I wouldn't know what to do with all of them.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:02 PM
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Default Re: Tuning troubles

Sorry for being non-specific.

They're rather high, I've fixed the problem a lot now, but there are still some toms I'm unhappy with.

And Larry, I play an ambidexterous set-up now. So I have a three tom run on my left and right with the little 8" in the centre of the two.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:10 PM
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Default Re: Tuning troubles

I have 6 toms and I tune them to the shell and the steps between pitch are just about perfect but they are 8,10,12,14,16,18, I have had a lot of trouble in the past getting 13's and 15's to step properly in between even sized toms because when tuning to the shell they seem to want to half step which doesnt sound right in between all the even sized toms (not such a problem when only dealing with 12,13,14,15,16) and if you tune all the toms in even steps then some of the even sized toms are not tuned to their shell and now they dont sound right compared to the ones that are. Anyway that is just what I have found and after buying my last kit with all even sizes have had a lot less tuning woes.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:12 PM
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In tune with themselves is fine.

In a run... well that's different.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:46 PM
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well since you seem to have it fixed all il say is play around with the problem toms a bit till you get em. you might hav to compromise a bit on the drums near them though
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:45 AM
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Default Re: Tuning troubles

Yeah I've had to already.

Tbh I think part of my problem has been having the stock UX heads for res. They've been on for the past two years plus however long they were in the warehouse etc etc.

And I can be quite a heavy hitter... when I wear out my Onyx's I'll upgrade to some better res heads :)

I must admit I am curious about getting a drum dial. Any experiences anyone?
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