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DrumDial Drum Tuner
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- No whacking necessary to tune your drums
- Accurate and quick
- Low price
- Tension rod torque can be used to tell you when you are over tightening a bolt to prevent thread damage, but is not accurate for drum tuning because of the difference in screw tolerances, plating, corrosion, and thread wear
- You can eliminate these problems by using a DrumDial to measure drumhead tension directly from the drumhead, allowing you to precisely tune your drums faster and easier than ever before
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Easily tunes drums by measuring pressure on the drum head. Fast and precise. Ahead DRUM DIAL Precision Drum Tuner Measures drum head tension DrumDial quickly and precisely tunes all drums by accurately measuring drumhead tension NOT tension rod torque. Tension rod torque can be used to tell you when you are over tightening a bolt to prevent thread damage, but is not accurate for drum tuning because of the difference in screw tolerances, plating, corrosion, and thread wear. You can eliminate these problems by using a DrumDial to measure drumhead tension directly from the drumhead, allowing you to precisely tune your drums faster and easier than ever before.Manufactured to the highest quality standards DrumDial has been designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards with all the key features you would expect from the best drum tuner available. Get the tuner that really works, get a DrumDial and make it possible for your drums to consistently sound great!
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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. So it still takes a little bit of time to tune the drum, but there's no guess-work what-so-ever. Once you have the tension on every lug set, your drum is in perfect tune, no questions asked. Just turn your lugs a little bit at a time and follow the tuning pattern, it will make it even easier.
The first time I tuned my kit with the DrumDial I was amazed. I have a lower end drum kit (ddrum diatribe) and the DrumDial made my kit sound like a million bucks! My toms now sound great together! Before, when I would hit two toms at the same time it would sound awkward, now it sounds perfect.
Even if you are good at tuning by ear it may be worth investing in this, especially if you gig a lot and have to tune your drums in loud places. If you find that you have a hard time tuning because it's so loud where you're at then you can use the DrumDial to tune visually rather then by ear.
I tune my snare at 88/85 (batter/reso), all of my toms are tuned to 75/74 and my bass drum to 72/72 and everything sounds great. The DrumDial even makes tuning fun! Sometimes i'll tune all of my toms to something like 76/72 if I want my toms to have a wacky jungle-like sound to them. The DrumDial allows you to easily experiment with different tuning ideas, which actually makes tuning fun!
If tuning is an issue for you then save yourself a lot of headaches and grab one of these. It's much easier to tune visually then by ear, especially if you're a little bit tone-deaf like myself.
Using this dial does consume time. First, you need to have each drum on a flat surface (you cannot tune them in place on your kit). This means that you need to do an initial tuning, lift the drum to test the sound, and repeat until you attain the sound you are seeking. Once you do, however, you can be assured that the tuning will be uniform across the drum head.
There is an edge gage built into this device that allows you to test head tension at any point on the drum's head diameter with the assurance that you are measuring precisely from the edge of the diameter. This, like the head tension itself, is important to getting the tune setting you want and makes it repeatable.
Among the more time consuming aspects of using this versus the torque type tuning tools is the fact that each drum is vastly different and will take a lot of trial and error to get them where you want them with respect to sound. For example, when tuning my toms using the torque tools I mentioned above I could use the same setting on the batter sides of each tom, and an offset setting on the resonant sides and then tweak them to get half an octave difference when going from my 8x10, 8x12, 9x12 and 14x14. It is not as easy when using the dial for the first time because the acoustic properties of each drum requires more attention to myraid details, such as a tension ratio between the batter and resonant heads on the toms, and the actual tension settings for each drum. If you work through each drum, though, you will be rewarded with a kit that is perfectly tuned. Even the cheapest drum kit will sound like a high-end kit after taking the time to tune them with this dial.
Since there is a learning curve, expect to spend at least 30 minutes per drum the first time you use this, then an additional hour after you get each drum tuned tweaking the entire kit to obtain the octave separation you want. If you write down the settings for each drum the next time you do a tuning it will take a fraction of the time.
Do be aware that if you change head types you will need to go through the entire process again because heads can completely change the dynamics of your kit. For example, settings for toms using Evans Hydraulic heads will probably not work well if you switch to Remo Pinstripes or Remo Fiberskyn heads because of the vastly different sound qualities of these heads when compared to one another.