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DrumDial Drum TunerWith 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.
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I just purchased this and I am blown away. I have never heard my toms sing as much in the whole ten years I've had my Ludwig set. I have always been pleased with my tuning before but this is really taking the sound to the professional level. Very easy to use considering you already know how to seat and tune properly. Even if you are a drummer that likes the specific sound you dial in, you can repeat that reading when changing heads. This product makes me very excited knowing that I will never have to spend hours and frustration tuning a kit again.
I bought it last week. Well you see I bought a Mapex ProM 5 piece drumkit with pinstripe heads on every piece except the snare drum that has an ambassador batter. I bought the drumkit for my studio but I didn't really have much experience as a drummer so, I didn't really have much experience tuning drums as well. This product totally made my life easier, In 10 minutes I tuned my whole drumkit with the help of this little guy, it's that easy!!, The readings are very precise, the construction is really sturdy and you can use it anywhere cause it works in really loud enviroments. I totally recommend it!!
I am very supprised that you don't see one of these in every drummers hands. It's very quick and easy to use (as long as you follow the directions). For me 5-8 min. per drum. I have even used this on a very cheap pulse drumset that my Highschool owns and I swear it sounds as good as any Pearl or Tama set.
Well, I broke down and bought the Drum Dial last night.
Here's my review:
My first impression was that this bad boy is well built. It's very heavy considering its size and extremely sensitive (more on this in a bit). I decided to first tune up the drum the way I normally would. By ear. I already love the way my drums sound when I tune them by ear. My main objective in wanting to use the Drum Dial was to get my tuning even more precise. As opposed to relying on the Drum Dial, with it instructions to tell me how to tune my drums, I figured I would just tune up my entire kit and then make note of each drumhead's pressure reading. I think some people assume all they have to do is tune their drums to the Drum Dial's suggested tunings (it comes with such a sheet) and their drums would sound great to them. This is not the case. The manufacturer even states right in the instructions each individual's tuning preference will depend on their style of music, the head combination, the drum being tuned, etc.
I first tuned my 14" tom by ear. I like to tune my drums to specific notes. With my latest set configuration, I've been tuning my 14" tom to F, with both heads tuned to the same pitch (usually around D). I then used the Drum Dial to find out what the pressure readings were on each head and was pleasantly surprised that the lugs weren't that far off from each other after me tuning by ear. On each head, I came up with readings from 70-72. I decided to average it out and tightened/loosened each lug to 71. This put the drum VERY close to F, just a wee-bit sharp, so I detuned each lug A HAIR, which still read 71 on the Drum Dial and the drum sounded dead on.
Now, some of the things I've noticed:
The Drum Dial is very sensitive. I noticed the needle move even when bumping into one of the lugs (without turning it) with my drum key. I also noticed that I had to be very consistent in how I placed it on the head. The instructions say to lower it slowly to the head, which is what I was trying to do. But I noticed that sometimes, one of the lugs would be a count or two higher or lower from where I just left it. So in other words, you have to work pretty steady with this thing with no sudden movements to the dial or your drum. I also noticed that the way I like my drums to sound, based on my pressure reading of 71, is a lot lower than the suggestions offered by the Drum Dial. I use Evans G2 batters on my toms and the Drum Dial's recommended pressure for a 2-ply batter is 78-83. I didn't experiment with this setting, but I would imagine my tom would probably sound pretty good.
For me, I think the biggest benefit from using the Drum Dial would be in saving time. And let me just clarify this right now: if you decide to purchase the Drum Dial, you will initially spend a CONSIDERABLE amount of time dialing in your drumheads in order to record your personal pressure readings for future use. I think it took me at least an hour and a half from start to finish with my 14" tom. What I'm talking about in regards to saving time, is when you already have your readings written down and you're putting on a brand new head(s). With the Drum Dial, I could just seat the head and then crank each lug up to 71, or whatever, depending on the drum I'm trying to tune. I guess the Drum Dial would shave at least 15 minutes off each drum. I still have time to think about it, but I'll probably keep my Drum Dial!
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