DrumDial Drum Tuner
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're wondering if this tuner is worth the price, I can happily tell you that it is. When I started drumming last year, it was a huge struggle trying to tune my drums, and I... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Elle
Makes accurate tuning a possibility. Even for someone with limited knowledge of drum tuning.Published 11 days ago by ronnie baker
I'm a drumline tech, worship drummer, touring drummer, and stage tech and this thing has never let me down. It's my go to for any tuning needs.Published 19 days ago by Zack M. Harper
If you've ever used a dial indicator to adjust a machine fence to the exact point where it is precisely parallel, then you have a head start on using the DrumDial. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. MCINTYRE
I've never used one of these before but it is actually really easy to use and makes even running relatively painless.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely fabulous piece of equipment. DrumDial takes the guess work out of setting up your drums for the best natural sound. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Bayliss
The DrumDial Tuner is simply amazing. Easy to use, beautifully made and makes tuning my drum heads easier than ever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Toshiro S.