- Oct 24, 2013
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I recently got a 90s Premier Signia Kit. Beautiful drums. I've primarily played heavy birch drums for the last 10-12 years (Tama Granstar Customs). I wanted some drums that have the ability to sustain longer hence the thin maple shelled Signias. I would like to get the longest note possible, which is generally achieved by tuning the batter and reso heads to the same pitch. When both heads are the same model and thickness this is relatively easy using a drum dial. However, I'm using coated ambassadors on top and clear ambassadors on bottom. Tuning them to the same tension doesn't seem to necessarily achieve the same pitch. Is this because the coating makes the top heads slightly thicker so maybe more tension is needed to achieve the same pitch? I'm currently using the DD recommended 75 over 74 tensions and it's ok, but I'd like to really open these up as much as possible with the warmth of the coated heads. Any suggestions are appreciated.