rachelnguyen wrote:I have a better idea: teach your students to tune their own drums! For the ones that are tuned as far as they can go, take out all the diamonds and pull the verticle ropes tighter... Then teach the kids to pull diamonds.
As far pas the lugs are concerned, one of the biggest issues is that you have so few attachment points compared to rope. Also, the hardware might get in the way when you play.
But since these are your drums, you could try expeimenting on one of them to see how it works and take it from there!
e2c wrote:I'm thinking that Baile McKnight might have some ideas as far as coming up with a workable system for your students' instruments.
Can't hurt to ask!
(I don't know him personally, but have heard great things about him from people who do, including one who learned a *lot* about drum-making and repair from him.)
Rhythm House Drums wrote:A lot of the pros even prefer synthetic heads because they are easier to play and you don't have to de-tune them after you play.
As far as teaching your students how to tune their drums.. that's a good idea. Somehow all the djembe players around here don't know how to tune their own drums, so when ever I go out drumming... I always get, "hey Kev, what do ya think? Need some more diamonds?" ..aka.. pull 'em for me. I don't mind, but do think if you play often you should know how to tune your drum.
e2c wrote:Congas and bongos with natural skin heads really do need to be de-tuned after playing... the skins are pretty thick and there's a *lot* of tension on them, from multiple points. It's hard to get the cross-tension (think of drawing a line across the drum heads from one lug to the matching one on the opposite side) even in all cases, anyway.
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