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I recently punched a hole through my bass drum and so I wanted to know if anyone had any "hacks" to patching up broken/damaged heads? I know I could just go and buy one but until then I would like to see if anyone had any head remedy.

Post any other drum hacks you guys might have.

For example you can stack cymbals with cymbal sleeves, which is a way cheaper option than an actual stacker and its an easy way to expand the sound horizons!
 

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Aquarian makes a head patch. I keep one in my cymbal bag, though I hope not to use it.
At craft places like Jo Anne's they have various sized stick on patches to fix holes in cloth that are pretty cheap.
 

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Put tape over the head on both sides and rotate the head so you are not hitting on the taped area, ideally. Other than that, buy a new head.
 

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Rich K. said:
Aquarian makes a head patch. I keep one in my cymbal bag, though I hope not to use it.
At craft places like Jo Anne's they have various sized stick on patches to fix holes in cloth that are pretty cheap.
These look like a home run!! Could be a show saver!!
 

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Rich K. said:
Aquarian makes a head patch. I keep one in my cymbal bag, though I hope not to use it.
At craft places like Jo Anne's they have various sized stick on patches to fix holes in cloth that are pretty cheap.
Yea the $13 price tag is better than $40 for now.
 

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I've bought drums with kickport holes in them. I've take a regular piece of paper, cut it a little bigger than the hole, then used clear packaging tape and taped it across both the inside and outside......it's a temporary fix. I've also done it using black paper for a black head, and a paisley paper for a cool random pattern in the hole. If you have no holes except the hole you made, you can just try to tape the hole back together...........
 

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CesarAguirre said:
I recently punched a hole through my bass drum and so I wanted to know if anyone had any "hacks" to patching up broken/damaged heads?
I have carried two Remo Falam Slam patches in my cymbal bag for 15 years for this reason, but I've never broken a kick head during a show. Stick them to both sides and go.
 

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I busted a kick head at a gig once. I always carry a spare snare head, so I just made a patch and gaffed it on. Now, I ALWAYS carry a spare head in my hard case. It stores under a layer of extra foam. I just use a used head as the spare. I now do the same with the snare head as well, just store it under some foam.
 

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The only time I ever broke a kick head was when my felt beater fell off the end of the shaft and I drove the metal rod right through the head. Made a patch out of duct tape to get thru the gig.
 

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dwdave said:
I busted a kick head at a gig once. I always carry a spare snare head, so I just made a patch and gaffed it on. Now, I ALWAYS carry a spare head in my hard case. It stores under a layer of extra foam. I just use a used head as the spare. I now do the same with the snare head as well, just store it under some foam.
I do have some spare old heads. So just cut out a patch and just tape it on there? I'll let you know how that goes !!
 

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CesarAguirre said:
I busted a kick head at a gig once. I always carry a spare snare head, so I just made a patch and gaffed it on. Now, I ALWAYS carry a spare head in my hard case. It stores under a layer of extra foam. I just use a used head as the spare. I now do the same with the snare head as well, just store it under some foam.
I do have some spare old heads. So just cut out a patch and just tape it on there? I'll let you know how that goes !!
Yep! all I had was a pocket knife and gaffers tape. I cut a square out 6-8" and taped the edges down. Don't tape where the beater hits, the tape will break down and get sticky.

Good luck!
 

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Other hacks
If you are using tripod stands use a hose clamp to stop the legs spreading any further than they need to. Perfect set up every time.
This is kind of extreme but instead of marking stand tube height with a marker which fades over use, make a very very light score with a pipe cutter. This leaves a very fine line at the right height you need to stop at ( providing you collapse your stands all the time )
 

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Sadly, I've never been able to effectively repair a bass drum head. When it's done, it's done. My advice:

Always bring a spare kick head to gigs. Always use a pad on your bass batter head.
 

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Thanks for the reminder , time to put a spare bass head in the truck. It's happened twice now, it's only a matter of time.
 

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From now on,keep a spare head on hand.There's no better hack then that.
 

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Never broke a bass drum head. I have pretty much always played a 2 ply head on the bass batter. That said I always carry spare heads for all my drums. Also a spare bass drum pedal. A little anal I guess!
Come to think of it I haven't broke any heads in the last 30 or so years.
Slawmeister
 

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Floor tom hack:
I use small hose clamps on my tom legs as memory clamps. I code the legs and lugs with small strips of fluorescent green gaffers tape for a quick match-up. Speeds set-up considerably.

Cheap smartphone mount:
One of those incredibly cheap (3 for $10 or less) smartphone tripods with the foam-covered wrap-around legs. Twist the legs around your tom mount yoke, cymbal stand, what-have you. I have converted one to a set list holder by replacing the part that holds the phone with a bulldog clip.
 


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