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Jan 27th, 2013 10:07 AM        

Being a strictly amateur drummer, there are two things in life that have always been a complete mystery to me:<br /> <br /> 1. A woman's mind<br /> 2. Tuning a drum set<br /> <br /> I am happy to say I recently figured one of these things out.<br /> <br /> 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)<br /> <br /> 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?<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> So, what is the general consensus among knowledgeable drummers? Is this just a matter of taste or is there something more fundamental to consider?<br />


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Connecticut USA

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

There is only one sure thing here: Reso heads will *not* help you to understand a woman&#8217;s mind. (;oD<br /> <br /> In all honesty, I would encourage you to take the time to experiment. <br /> <br /> 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 &#8220;whole drum resonance&#8221; &#151; 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.<br /> <br /> However, there are plenty of pro drummers who prefer the &#8220;no reso&#8221; configuration. Phil Collins is the first that comes to mind, but there are lots of others.<br /> <br /> From my personal experience, &#8220;no reso&#8221; results in excessive volume, but that may be a function of my technique. However, there&#8217;s probably a good reason why batter-only drums are often referred to as &#8220;concert drums.&#8221;


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May 29th, 2013 04:55 PM        

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        

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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