That makes a ton of sense. Lower to mid tunings is all about shell excitement. Most drum shells are difficult to excite with low frequencies. They just don't have the resonance profile to respond at most achievable dynamics. Cranking the resonant head helps deliver higher frequencies that more readily excite the shell, & in turn, render more tone into the resolved sound.If my drum is tuned high I like them the same, but on a medium tuning I prefer the reso tighter by a 3rd, 4th, 5th or an octave depending on my mood.
I experimented immediately after that response from Steve and have not gone back since .... I love the sound and response I'm gettingThat's interesting, Tony...
I have recently been messing around with the reso being looser for my bigger drums... In the past I had been shy about trying that because most of the people I talk to almost universally say "reso head tighter" gets you a more succinct cleaner note, and that looser reso heads will cause the drum to give a pitch bend sound in the note.
The reason I'm responding to you is that I also remember you saying the same thing, to an even greater degree! I am not about to go find it, but I remember you saying that you pretty much always tuned your reso head really tight "like timbale tight", and then your batters are JAW.
Have you converted recently to this method? Even on your smaller high toms?