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Drumdial Drum Tuner

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 12 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0002E2TVM
  • Item model number: ADD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 10, 2007

Product Description

DrumDial Precision Drum Tuner This has a heavy weight base with superior accuracy. Drum tuning made easy! DrumDial quickly and precisely tunes all drums by accurately measuring drumhead tension NOT tension rod torque. Snare drums, rack toms, bass drums and even timpani are all easily tuned withouteven hitting the drum head. Drum Dial does this by measuring Timpanic Pressure- not tension rod torque. All drum users will appreciate the ability to accuratelytune their drums, again and again, especially in loud environments. Standard Features Include: - The DrumDial Edge Gage - A locking bezel with moveable locators for easy marking of your tuning range - A lug back for improved handling - A soft foam lined box to protect the tuner - Easy to read gage and a precision mechanism for fast, accurate tuning Advantages: - Silent Operation - Tuning Accuracy - Ability to Repeatedly Tune to a Particular Pitch - Easily Tunes in Loud Surroundings - Compact and User Friendly - Measures Timpanic Pressure, not Tension Rod Torque - Plus a Full 1 Year Warranty


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Customer Reviews

THEY WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER... really, this thing could save marriages.....
JimmyTheWall
Well, with the drum dial, it IS a science so you can get your drums to sound exactly like you want them to, every time you tune.
J.B.P.
Plus, its a good tool to use as a guidance for beginning drummers on how to tune drums.
Isaias Cerda

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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By J.B.P. on February 6, 2007
If you've ever been frustrated with your drum tuning, the drum dial is for you! It seems like whenever you try to get solid advice on tuning your drums, you get told that "it depends on what YOU want them to sound like" or "drum tuning is an art, not a science". Well, with the drum dial, it IS a science so you can get your drums to sound exactly like you want them to, every time you tune. The drum dial measures the tension of the drumhead at each lug so by getting the tension near each lug at the same drum dial number, your drum is in tune with itself. It's the same thing you're trying to do with the old-fashioned tapping method but you're using your eyes on the dial, instead of your ears. Then, it's just a matter of deciding what tone you like. Personally, I like the tone of my drums using the settings recommended in the drum dial instructions. Some people might like their drums set higher or lower. It doesn't matter because once you get the desired tone, you just write down the drum dial numbers for that drum and you can always get it back to that tone easily. Some purists will say you should just learn to tune the "right way" which is the old-fashioned way. Well, my buddy tunes his electric guitar with an electronic tuner, so why shouldn't I use technology, too? Again, if you've ever struggled to make your drums "sound right" or been frustrated by the whole drum tuning experience, get the drum dial. I'll never be without one again.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Steven on August 15, 2008
Finally I had to faced the truth. I stink at tuning drums. Does the following sound familiar?

You decide it's time to go ahead and tune your kit (lets face it, it's never sounded quite right). Well, you grab your toms, your snare and your bass drum and a tuning key. Typically the snare and bass drum aren't too bad. (personally I would just tune the snare really high for a dry *crack* and I would sorta just wing the bass drum. Heck, I dampen it anyways so getting a *thud* noise wasn't too hard).

Anyways, now it's time for the toms - the dreaded toms. You loosen each lug and begin. You spend a long time tapping next to each lug. You tap away lightly and tune little by little. It seems like every time you tune a lug, the one right next to it goes out of tune (even if you follow the tuning pattern). Some sound really close, but just not quite right. Finally after enough fiddling you just flail your arms and say "close enough!" and move on to the next tom.

You mount your rack toms, put your floor toms back into place and test your kit. Ugh, still doesn't sound quite right. They just don't seem in tune with each other.

If you've gone through this (and I certainly have) then the DrumDial is exactly what you need.

The DrumDial takes the guess work out of tuning your drums.

It's much easier then using your ear (especially if you're tone deaf like myself), but it still takes a little bit of work. It's easiest if you start with finger tight lugs and follow the tuning pattern (if you're not familiar with this then google "drum tuning pattern"). You still have to tinker with each lug a bit because if you tighten one lug quite a bit then the tension by the neighboring lugs will tighten too.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joe on January 10, 2008
I am mechanically inclined, and I can tune drum heads pretty well. I have a good sense of torque built into my fingertips when tightening drum lugs, and I am able to get them pretty evenly tightened around the head. The DrumDial proves this. But, what I can't always do is bring the drum to the exact same pitch every time I change a head. That's where the DrumDial comes in. If think your toms sound best when tuned to 75, then they'll be there every time. And the top and bottom heads will match in pitch perfectly (if that's what you want). Snares and Bass Drums are pretty easy to get sounding good (in my opinion), but toms can be tricky. If you don't like them to sound dead, or have an annoying ring, or ugly overtones, this very cool gadget might do the trick for you. Of course having a good drum set and the right drum heads to start with helps also... One last thing I think it's important to mention is that the customer service of this company is awesome. I had a slight problem with my DrumDial, and they were impressively responsive about replacing it with a new one.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adam D. Smith on June 16, 2011
The reviewer who gave it 3 stars and I ran into the same problem, but once it was solved this thing is amazing. Here's what I put in the comment on his review:

I think I have the (two part) solution; at least it worked for me. Most of the recommended settings (in the booklet) are the low end. The other sheet gives a range. Since each part of the head stretches the whole head to some degree, what I did was tighten them all to finger-tight, then gave each one about a half revolution until they felt equal with a drum key. Then, I found the tightest one with the dial and set them to that. Usually this was at or just above the recommended setting. When I did their method exactly I ran into the same problem you did, where I would get them to read the same but one lug would be super loose and the two adjacent ones really tight. I did my old method halfway, then their method to finish, and it worked.

Also, to clarify how it works (because the description and pictures don't really do it adequately):

It's basically a modified analog point pressure sensor. It weighs a couple pounds, and is a heavy disk with a guage on top, but in the bottom center of the disk it has a metal point that moves up and down. This is attached to the dial, so it reads differences between where the disk sits and where the point at the center of the disk sits. It's very sensitive - a tiny turn on the drum key and it will register. It took a little getting used to, but once I did (and figured out what I described above) it worked great. Also, since each lug slightly affects the pull on all the others, I went around and aimed to bring each lug up to 1 mark below my goal, and then I didn't overshoot and that made things much easier.

Bottom line: Great product, incomplete directions.
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