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How To Set Up Your New Drum Kit

Nov 7, 2007
For a new and budding drummer one of the chief concerns is to set up a new drum kit. Here is a guideline on how to set up your new kit.

The drummer has to take into consideration the occasion and the precise anthology of components to a drum kit. It varies greatly according to musical style, personal preference, financial resources, and transportation options of the drummer. So considering all the physical and financial constraints the drummer has to go through some customization and improvisation in getting together the right drum kit

A drum kit (drum set or trap set) is a compilation of drums, cymbals and occasionally other percussion instruments arranged for apt playing by a single drummer. Quite a lot of primary and secondary percussion instruments may be tried and employed by drummers though all may not be practically considered part of the standard kit.

The correct way to set up your new drum kit with heads

The location of tension rod is at the heads and is already placed on the toms and bass drum. The next things to line up are the drum heads, tension rods (and washers rims) and the tuning key. Tuning is more of an acoustic element.

In the past people employed their ears to get the tone and depth they desired. The user should try putting on some music and listening to them and tune to their choice. Noticeably the size of the tom is directly proportionate with the pitch, the smaller the higher. Tightening the tension rods is to be done directly across the last one; also the need to down the next one is not immediate.

To check if the tone has matched properly some light beat with the drum sticks does the trick. After the completion of the first part comes the overall tuning. Each heads are to be done and also there is the need to do the bottom head for each drum (bottom heads are typically tuned lower than the top heads). The fact to be kept in mind is that conducting tests can provide different results. Sometimes much ring is obtained if they are too loose or a higher pitched dong if they are tuned much higher.

How to set up your new drum kit to mount the toms

There is an adapter that mounts the two smallest toms onto one cymbal stand. This gives stability more than other form. The floor tom then can be set up slanted or straight as it has three legs. The users should be aware that they can be set at different heights.

How to set up your new drum kit with the stands

The stands come in two pieces when they are pulled out. They easily fit together when the top piece of each stand is inserted into the bottom piece and the locks are tightened down to stabilize them. More stability is obtained by extending the legs out as far as they go. Also, the crash and ride cymbals are supposed to have some play in them when forcing the nut down on the stands. In case of the hi hat stand, the customary is to have one cymbal lying face up on the stand; then the small clutch adapter is attached to the other hi hat. Then one should press the foot down on the pedal about 1 to 2 inches and then tighten the top cymbal to the bar.

How to set-up your new drum kit with the drum set

There are, in fact, a number of ways to set up the 7 piece drum set. It is definitely on the users to stick to their own choice of organizing things as some likes the toms to mount high, others feel low close to the bass drum improves the usability. There are various adjustment nuts; and the user should try the comfort level more than the looks.

How to set up your new drum kit by improvising the drum set

If the pocket permits, there are a number of items that can be added to the growing drum set. Bell trees, roto tom drums, hi-hat mounted tambourines, addition of these can make the existing set looks and sounds good.
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