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    Been a member here and other forums for about 9 or 10 years. Never really talked to anybody here about head tension other than talking about it in reference to miss or double triggering. i have no problem with triggering at all. I have full sized shells. Other than tightening til they feel good. Anybody Pay attention on a drum dial to where your tension is. I put my snares tight, like at least 70-75 and my toms at 65. Bottom heads I am lazy . How do you guys tension yours including resonant and batter heads and where do you put your tension at?
    Last edited by Jeffo; 07-25-20, 02:06 PM.

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    I don't use a drum dial. I tension them (batter) until they only move the head about an 1/8-3/16" on impact. Check this tension every 3-6 months. This will save cones for a very long time. That's just how I do it, anyway. Res heads don't really matter on e-kits. Just get the wrinkles out.

    If you're getting missed or double-triggering, you either have worn down cones, and or your re-trig setting needs adjusting. (old, the the former... new, the latter) If you've had the setup for quite a while, and this is a newer issue, it's likely cone wear... especially on larger "full sized" shells.
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    • #3
      Drum dial recommend 80, but the things is don't let the centre soft rebound, need to be more tight.
      Last edited by Chris K; 07-25-20, 02:55 PM.

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      • #4
        Tighter is better. Loose heads increase hot spots and cause premature cone wear. Tighten them up more than you think you need to. They almost can't be "too tight" from a hot spot and cone wear point of view.
        ATV aDrums & aD5, Pearl Mimic Pro & DIY, Agean R-series Silent Cymbals, Roland Handsonic HPD-20.

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