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DrumDial Drum Tuner

4.8 out of 5 stars 223 customer reviews
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Product Description

With the Drumdial Drum Tuner, timpani, snare drums, rack toms, and bass drums are all easily tuned without even hitting the drumhead. DrumDial measures tympanic pressure, not tension-rod torque. As a drummer you'll appreciate how easily and accurately you can tune your drums with the Drumdial Drum Tuner.

Product Information

Item Weight 3.5 ounces
Product Dimensions 8 x 1 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0002E2TVM
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4.8 out of 5 stars 223 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,109 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#27 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Drum & Percussion Accessories > Drum Set Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 10, 2007

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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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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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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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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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