Bass Drum Claws are not evenly Tensioned

kenshireen1

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I have a 50 year old Gretsch 22 inch bass.
I changed my batter head and used a drum dial to set it at 75 around all the lugs...
This is the reference tension that I always use,

The bearing edges are smooth and in round.
What I notice is that we all the lugs are set at 75 that some of the claws are looser than others,
As a matter of fact one of them basically had to tension at all yet the drum still read 75.

I did this twice.

How does this happen?
 

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Quite a talent.
Why don't you try tension evenly all-around- by hand first- 3 start turns- then- say 6 full turns each- then put the dial on and see the reading.
 

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I have replaced all of the BD claws with regular tensin rods(I kept the claws in case I need them if I rid myself of any kits). Easier to tune , nothing to reach out and grab you or any interloper invading your space. Your tuning stays in place longer and its easier to tweak.
 


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