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Old 05-04-2014, 07:26 PM
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Well, everybody of you who attends jam sessions is sometimes amazed by how many different drum keys you need for different drum sets. Attending jam sessions with only one drum key at hand is pain in the ass! So, I contacted a local music shop and they could only find a "multiple" drum key with two keys in one...

Is there really no one demanding "multiple drum keys in one"? Does something exist? Please post shops who have such an item in stock!

Many, many thanks!

PS: In the best case, this multiple drum key can be attached to your bunch of keys.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:18 PM
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The only deviant keys I'm aware of are Sonor's former slotted tension rod ones (not in use anymore), Tama's Starclassic Omni-Tune (not very popular), and Pearl's new tension rod things (very new). Do you mind elaborating?
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:23 PM
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I have my trusty Ludwig Sta-Set key from the mid-80s still. Hex, drumkey, straight-tip screwdriver and wingnut tightener. I rarely need anything else. I have a speed key for head changes, and the key on the baseplate of my kick pedal, and I have gotten in the habit of carrying one on my keyring, because, you never know...
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:24 PM
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Default Re: multiple drum keys

As Porter said, all of the square headed tension rods use the same size key.
Allen keys are needed for adjustments on pedals, is that what the thread is about?
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:37 AM
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It's funny. You would think that there would not be too much variation on an otherwise standard tool, but... I have 3 different DW keys. One key is a small no frills, low mass traditional key, the next is a much larger torque rubberized T-handle affair, and the last is the key that comes with the 9002 double pedal. And of course the close placement of the lug heads to one another and to the body of the pedal negates most, even the tiny low mass key from being usable.

It's pretty goofy. I don't mind having a larger key, or speed key for playing live as I am usually cranking a loose snare lug back into tension. However, I wish drum companies would offer a glow-in-the-dark finish for such options that might give the visiting team a bit of an easier time with the "Where did that dam key fall to game.". I would buy that.

I will come out with a medium sized Y pattern, gliw in the dark key that should cover 99.3% of our needs. I will make hundreds of dollars.

So, compile a list of finicky lugs and let's get to work!
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:05 AM
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I will come out with a medium sized Y pattern, gliw in the dark key that should cover 99.3% of our needs. I will make hundreds of dollars.

So, compile a list of finicky lugs and let's get to work!
Gibraltar Robo-Key is a bright red finish, as are the mini ones that come with Gavin Harrison's signature snare- not a bad decision.

I have the latter two DWs you mentioned as well as the Robo-Key, and the DW rubberized one that sits under my hi-hat stand is unbelievably convenient. It's sincerely amazing how easy it makes tuning for me. Of course, if I'm doing bigger work, I'll get the Robo-Key. I almost never use the key on my pedal now. Good backup, I suppose? Unfortunately, the problem of kick lugs being too close to the pedal is something I don't think is really fixable.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:23 AM
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I know there's a couple Gibraltar keys.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:57 AM
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There´s a lot of various multiple keys in my collection of keys:

http://www.drumkeys.eu
e.g.

http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?id=632
http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?id=1016
http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?id=334
http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?id=783
http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?id=887
http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?
id=419

http://drumkeys.eu/drumkey.php?id=589

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Old 05-15-2014, 10:57 AM
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Default Re: multiple drum keys

Two of those Evans keys (with the nubs extending on the tops) live in my stick bag, and I've never needed anything else. I also have a couple of those big DW rubber coated ones, those stay at home. Once I started receiving all my new Pearl gear, they gave me a Pearl drum key in every box. I have about eleven of these Pearl keys all over the house now! I even have a cordless drill with the Evans drum key bit in it. When I gig, I usually have a small bag of tools (including the drill) in case I need to do alot of re-adjusting or changing of heads, along with a complete set of standard and metric allen wrenches.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:07 AM
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Default Re: multiple drum keys

I've got drum keys from a number of manufacturers (Gibraltar, Pearl, Mapex, Sonor, Evans and probably a couple of others as well), and I've tuned drums from about as many different brands (ever come across a house kit that didn't need tuning?). I've never once had a problem with any of my keys not fitting a particular tension rod...

I know of the old-style Sonor rods, but those can be tuned with a screwdriver (or a coin, if need be). I also need to carry around a set of allen keys, in case I have to adjust a pedal.
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