I have my tom on a snare stand. Wondered if I would need to tape or plug the whole at the mount. Started playing and it sounded great so I didn't even mess with seeing the difference with it plugged vs. not and hadn't really thought about it since.Nothing! They're my new vents!
"Judicious fine tuning" indeed. I find that I have to tune the drums around the 13" tom. That one seems to have a very tight range. When I get it to sing, I bring the other toms around it. Cutting and corking the tubes helped.Your Gauger mods look good, guys!
I suppose I could eek a bit more tonal body out of my 12/13 mounted toms by ordering RIMS but after some pondering and tube reduction I'm satisfied with my stock setup. Judicious fine-tuning was the key and they sing out nicely now with brand new 1-ply Texture Coated batters tuned medium high with Remo Ebony Amb resonants. I usually like to rotate drumsets throughout the course of my gigging schedule but these play & feel so good I haven't gigged my other sets since November.
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Not available in chrome.That looks pretty darn cool. Can you get them in chrome?
I think if I got RIMS mounts, I'd grind that brushed aluminum down and polish with jeweler's rouge to get them to look like chrome.Not available in chrome.
From the Gauger Percussion website http://www.gaugerpercussion.com/rimsreg-alloy-pro-series.html
When early R.I.M.S.® mounts were first made out of steel, they worked for many drummers. But we would still hear from those who were confused about why certain drums still sounded choked. After doing research, we discovered some amazing things about the properties of the material. When steel is chrome plated, it hardens the material and takes on a tonal pitch. So when it is placed on a drum that is tuned within a certain range, those two pitches react to one another and will cancel each other out, resulting in a drum's tone being choked. Since aluminum works as a better isolator, and we no longer chrome plate the material, there is nothing to work against the drums resonating tones. The added bonus is that aluminum is one third of the weight of steel, so our mounts are the lightest way to achieve the most effective result."