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how tight do you set up your cymbals?

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  • how tight do you set up your cymbals?

    I mentioned earlier that the cymbals aren't my favourite part of my otherwise great TD-9KX kit. I tried loosening the bolts of the CY-8 and CY-12 so they can move more freely and feel less rigid, but after a hot drum session they nearly fell off.

    So how tight do you have your cymbals set up?

    And the CY-5 hihat has a different kind of bolt which can be attached a lot better. Is this also available for the CY-8 and 12?

  • #2
    I always have mine somewhere between quite tight and loose. On a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is very tight, I am somewhere between 3 and 4. Loose enough to allow them to move, but no more than necessary.

    I do the same with a-cymbals... I tighten them real good when setting them up and then loosen them just enough to allow them to swing but no looser. I have no particular reason for doing this, it is simply an old habit.
    Ask not whether something is useful -- ask what it is useful for.

    Roland TD-12, Iron Cobra hihat stand and bass-drum pedal from TAMA. My accoustic kit is a Yamaha Power-V Birch with Paiste Alpha-series splashes, crashes, and hihat. My ride is a Zildjan Ping Ride, 20" I think.

    Check out my TD-12 on Youtube. My page is here http://www.youtube.com/HerlPearl.

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    • #3
      Try putting a small spring on under the wing nut sandwiched in between 2 thin metal washers, it will add force against it like a spring loaded washer. Or ineed put a metal washer on top of the felt and try a good spring loaded washer itself b4 wing nut.

      I have my CY5 fairly tight
      CY8 tight (it doesn't rock as it's one sided heavy)
      CY12's are fairly loose (they are well balanced and rock nicely)
      PCY 150 S is loose

      Never had 1 come loose, u must be going at it pretty strong ha ha
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      • #4
        Originally posted by daveybabes View Post
        Try putting a small spring on under the wing nut sandwiched in between 2 thin metal washers, it will add force against it like a spring loaded washer. Or ineed put a metal washer on top of the felt and try a good spring loaded washer itself b4 wing nut.
        That could be a good idea, I'll give it a try.

        Originally posted by daveybabes View Post
        Never had 1 come loose, u must be going at it pretty strong ha ha
        Yeah, I'm a real animal! Seriously: the top wing nut apparently got a little looser every time I hit it until one time I could just pull it off.

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        • #5
          They should have nylon locking wingnuts for the cymbals. Anytime you have the wingnuts remotely loose they simply loosen more and more. I have to imagine some type of locking wingnut exists after years of complaining drummers. If no I'm a F'ing millionaire!!! WOOHOOOOO!!!

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          • #6
            Evening ...

            Nylon insert nuts are quite common and very cheap, not seen any equivalent wing nuts though, maybe that's your cue to make a million then?

            EDIT - there is however a locking wingnut for cymbals, i just saw the patent boooo, also they are on sale too http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...der?sku=448837

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            • #7
              I used to have a piece of plastic fuel line that I would cut to short lengths back in my acoustic days - it served the same function as the spring and also got rid of the buzzing of the cymbal against the thread of the stand.

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              • #8
                Just an aside here .... I saw Candlestick open for RUSH back in the early '90s perhaps. The drummer had his acoustic cymbals real tight. They did not move an inch. Not sure why he did this ... Could not have produced a good sound and it looked like it would hurst your wrist, and crack the cymbal!

                Anyway it popped in to my mind when I saw this thread. We now bring you back to your regurlalry scheduled forum discussions. ....


                I keep my cymbals pretty lose with no real issues. They are a combinations of 2 CY-5 (HH/splash), 3 CY-8 (2 crash and china) and a CY12 R/C. On my acoustic setup (back in the day) I had the top hi hat pretty snug with the felt washers. The CY-5 HH is real tight but otherwise they are loose.

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                • #9
                  I like my ride cymbal and hats semi tight. My crashes with a little movement. Which is the same for my roland cymbals. I did not like the springs. I broke to many A-cymbals with them.
                  Roland TD-8 Mod, DIY burgandy Mapex drums 12" snare, 8" 10" and 12" rack toms, 14" rack floor tom, 22" Bass drum , 3 cy-15r cymbals, one for the ride 2 for the crashes and cy-14c for hi hat.

                  Songs i've recorded using my old TD-7

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