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    That's really the cheapest you can go, no drilling, no lugs, no lug inserts. Both heads tensioned at the same time, so there is a fxied relation in pitch/tension between top and bottom. Tuned medium to high, a drum like this will end up at a usable tension top and bottom. Low, the reso would be...
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    Snare Drum Tension.. how can I tell if it is low, mid or high

    I think in the beginning I didn't tune the reso head high enough, so that would be my recommendation to start with, but there is something like too high as well, when the overall tone gets thinner. These days I leave the snare side head at the same pitch most if not all the time.14" Amby hazy at...
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    What Makes A Snare Drum Good?

    With a good snares , the parts work together to forma cohesive whole. You want the head, the rims the shell and the wires to connect somehow. The best snares to my ear have a character based on that cohesion. The snares I like share fullness, sensitivity, crack, openness, articulation etc., but...
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    How to play this

    Yep, in one system you can only have two voices, one with the beams up, the other with the beams down. Goes back to Bach etc. Notation rules are complex, that's why good notation programs usually cost money. A layout like the one in the OP would not be possible with decent software.
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    Have we reached peak matte?

    The stupidest finish I ever saw was matte white. like wall paint. Talk about dirt and fingerprints, and no chance of cleaning it. I'm ok with matter wood finishes, but matte solid colours seem like a fad to me. YOu don't buy durms like you buy clothes for a season. I like my drums classy, like...
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    Anyone else using two rides on live gigs?

    I also like the second ride on the left rather than on the far right if I use a crash, it might go to the far right actually. This depends on the kind of gig, though: if I were to play a lot of close hi-hats and crash in between, the crash would go in standard left (or rather front) position...
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    Is the sound really difference between a COB and COS Batter Hoop

    I've yet to a/b test (record) the difference it makes on the bottom of a snare. Top makes a difference, but I'd say probably more with brighter sounding shell material like aluminum or brass. A roundover poplar edge might suck away the higher overtones anyway.
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    Drilling holes for rivets

    I recently "falred out" a Z rivet by just squashing the hollow end with a pair of plumber's pliers. :) For more felxibility with this kidn of rivet, you can just put apiece of tape on the bottom end, keep the rivet in place, but removable without any hassle. I second very slow drilling. Even...
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    Sitting too low

    I'd say torso too high over the drums is not good either, see the Ringo pic, or most Buddy pics. It's not good for your back, as you tend to slouch. I like a certain feel of "behind the kit", with the cymbals tilted a certain degree. Nothing to lift your arms; I think I like my lower arm to be...
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    Fast shuffle hand technique advice

    I come form a jazz angle, so I have no real daily routine experience playing fast shuffles in a band, but I practice it with both hands all the time as a basic exercise. I change to finger-technique(push/pull) at a certain tempo; the tricky part is to actually combine it with a Moeller arm whip...
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    Mix and Match Hats

    Would anybody be interested in hearing the original cymbals/pairings compared to the mix/match ones? I would. Maybe I'll do a soundfile of a mixed pair I like, and the pairs they came from. You never know what will work; a certain interval relation of the low fundamental tones might play a role...
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    The 8 and 10 inch rack toms of the 80's

    Even Gadd, Weckl and Colaiuta often ditch the 10 these days and use a tighter 12 instead. To me, the latter has a more versatile, multi-dimensional sound, more dynmic because it speaks better at low volume, and has more headroom at the same time. Play what you like, though, no rules. As for...
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    Anyone know anything about Sonor Rotary Timpani?

    They are part of the Orff instrument range. Often adquired by schools to be part of an Orff ensemble which also includes xylophones, metallophones, small percussion, and drums. To my ear you get the most timpani-like, pitched sound out of them with soft mallets. With harder mallets or sticks the...
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    soundwise what's the diff btwn a 8x12 and 9x12 tom?

    Thanks for explaining your theory, hadn't thought of it that way - but that's not how a drum works (other than the "basketball" reflections you get in deeper drums). How can this be? With a tabletop-short sound ;)
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    soundwise what's the diff btwn a 8x12 and 9x12 tom?

    Rototoms and timbales are single-headed, different story. I was just thinking, maybe we're all right, but it depends on the head tension and playing volume. With a low-tuned drum hit hard, a deeper shell might produce a longer decay. On the other hand, when you play softly, a deeper drum...
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    soundwise what's the diff btwn a 8x12 and 9x12 tom?

    I guess the results of dpeths and decay relation differe with tension/playing volume. With medium to high tension and moderate plaiyng volume, a shallower drum has a longer decay and is more sensitive. A deeper drum takes more energy and produces a thumpier tone - louder low freq. amplitude for...
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    soundwise what's the diff btwn a 8x12 and 9x12 tom?

    The slightest bit more fundamental tone vs. overtones with the deeper drum. You could counter this by using a thinner reso head tuned the slightest bit higher. Part of the appeal of vintage-style jazz kits is the look, and the 8x12 is part of that. Jack Dejohnette has played a 10x12 for years...
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    Favorite way to muffle a snare

    I like the non-glue-y, non-sticky methods, like clamps and cloth. Internal mufflers, not so much - they muffle the fundamental frequency, which is usually not my goal. If you want that shorter tone, they're right for you. The following video offers some more ideas, one being using a drumkey on...
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    Favorite way to muffle a snare

    The method shown by the OP looks nifty, , very light muffling if you want, or heavier with more weight. I've used tape to mount a piece of mylar, like a very small part of an o-ring, that I could flip on and off, over the rim. These days, I sometimes use a snare weight M1 which sounds good and...
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    How do you recognize when your drums are really out of tune?

    I found that to be quite a good method. I have a pair of nois-cancelling "headphones" that I 've used at times to listen to those fundamental tones. With toms, I like open single-ply batter heads, Sometimes the overtones in the driver's seat can be overwhelming, it's good to sometimes listen to...