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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / No Resos: Pros and Cons?



Jan 27th, 2013 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Being a strictly amateur drummer, there are two things in life that have always been a complete mystery to me:

1. A woman's mind
2. Tuning a drum set

I am happy to say I recently figured one of these things out.

In the past, most of what I read about tuning drums was just confusing and of little help. But, I recently discovered Bob Gatzen and after watching a handful of his videos things finally started making sense. My drums are actually sounding pretty good for a change. (I'm wondering if Bob can clear up that first mystery as easily as he did the second? Worth asking, I suppose)

So now I'm thinking about trying my drums with the resos removed just to see what kind of sound I can get out of them and wondering about the advantages or disadvantages of this and how it will affect the tuning?

I have some new batter heads on order and will be spending some quality time with my drums soon, but I would rather not spend time removing the resos just to find out the drums sound like crap without them.

So, what is the general consensus among knowledgeable drummers? Is this just a matter of taste or is there something more fundamental to consider?

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High in the Custerdome
Jan 27th, 2013 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

There is only one sure thing here: Reso heads will *not* help you to understand a woman’s mind. (;oD

In all honesty, I would encourage you to take the time to experiment.

It has always been my understanding that on toms, you need to have both a batter head and a reso head in order to achieve “whole drum resonance” — or, in other words, the way the drum was *designed* to sound. The interaction between batter and resonant heads supposedly brings out the true tone of the shell, making it much easier to tune.

However, there are plenty of pro drummers who prefer the “no reso” configuration. Phil Collins is the first that comes to mind, but there are lots of others.

From my personal experience, “no reso” results in excessive volume, but that may be a function of my technique. However, there’s probably a good reason why batter-only drums are often referred to as “concert drums.”

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May 29th, 2013 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think garp pretty much nails this one! I started taking drum lessons in the 1960's and within a year or two, just about every pro rock drummer that I saw on TV had removed their reso heads from all of the toms as well as the kick. So, being 10 years old, I felt it was my duty to remove all of my reso heads as well! And, all of my drumming friends did the same as well. The volume went up, but I thought the quality of the sound suffered. In fact, my floor tom sounded so bad with the reso head removed that I quickly re-installed it. I had a Rogers 4 piece kit back then. Some of the pros got a good sound out their no reso kits. Their toms sounded like cannons going off. I loved that. But, my kit sounded more like crap going off than a cannon. Of course, I might have to shoulder some of the blame. But, I think the drums sound more musical with the reso's on. It's more of a nice, full tone rather than a dull loud pop.

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Basking Ridge, NJ,

Jun 6th, 2013 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I remember the "non-reso" fad was in full force. Seems to me that the drum sounds on recordings of that era sounded like someone hitting cardboard boxes.

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