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KD-140 Tuning/Tension

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  • KD-140 Tuning/Tension

    I'm having a real difficult time tuning, or perhaps I should say tensioning, the head on my KD-140. I've had this kick drum for about eight months now and it feels like it has more bounce than my older KD-120 (which I still have). Has anybody out there had both, a KD-120 and KD-140 that they can share their experiences with? I have the head on the KD-140 about as loose as it can go so I don't understand why am getting a bounce. Perhaps this is just the way it is, the difference between the two drums themselves. It seems to me that I did read somewhere on the Internet, I don't know if it was here in this forum, that some people found the KD-140 to have more bounce than other Roland kick drums. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    My KD-140 has a lot of bounce compared to my old KD-9. You don’t want to loosen the tension too much or you risk crushing the cone. I am using the felt side of the beater and a Falam patch so the felt doesn’t destroy the head. Try not to bury the beater and that can reduce the bounce. I think actually increasing tension can reduce the bounce. Good luck.
    Last edited by jimorlando; 10-13-19, 06:49 AM.
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    • #3
      I'm having a similar issue only with my KD-120. I have tighten and loosened the head numerous times but it still is just too bouncy, particularly when comparing it to my old KD-9 which actually felt pretty good. I have also added Falam patch and tried both sides of the beater. I'm not going back to the KD-9 but I was expecting much more.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the reply, Jim. I didn't have any bounce problem at all with my KD-120, just my KD-140. The KD-9 was actually quite decent, felt really good. Not sure what to say about your KD-120, sounds like the foam may need replacing?

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        • #5
          try a 3 ply head, less bounce
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          • #6
            Does Remo make three ply heads or are they the heads called “Real Feel” mentioned in your signature?
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            • #7
              I see that the Real Feel drum heads are fron Drum-tec in Europe. Wondering if anyone sells these drum heads in the United States.
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              • #8
                Billy Blast Drums carry 3-ply heads.


                http://billyblastdrums.easystorecrea...Muffs/list.htm

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                • #9
                  drum tec real feel are amazing and only took a few days to get them. remo dosnt make 3 ply
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                  • #10
                    but billy blast 3 ply is a different head.. it is much more 'cloth' like and feels more 'stretchy'..
                    drum-tec real feel is more solid.. and 3 real layers of mesh.. however..
                    both a kd-120 or a kd-140 have a foam cushion behind the head.. that probably makes the difference between 2 or 3 ply very small
                    if you keep it like this.. ..with a kd-140 i'd take out the cushion and fill it up with towels that don't bounce..
                    -as an experiment- or.. change the beater bounce with a thin layer of (soft) foam, or on the mesh head ..
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                    • #11
                      Thanks. Something to consider. I had a small relapse of GAS.
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