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How to CORRECTLY tension mesh heads?

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  • How to CORRECTLY tension mesh heads?

    So I just cleaned my mesh heads off of my new (to me) TD-10. They were disgusting. I used oxyclean and hot water. Holy crap! They honestly look brand new. So now to my problem. I have no idea how to tension them correctly. I don't have any documentation that came with the drums. The only tool I have at my disposal is a drum key. I hope that is all I need. Can someone point to a thread or explain exactly how to tension them? Thanks!

  • #2
    Go to http://www.roland.com and download the manual for your drum. It's all explained there.
    MegaDrum trigger to midi x 1,
    BFD 2,
    13" DIY snare,10", 12" and 14" DIY toms,
    VH-11 Hi-Hat x 1, Pearl RH-2000 Remote Hi-Hat,
    Hart ECII-12HHB Hi-Hat x 1,
    CY-12R/C Dual-Trigger Cymbal Pad x 1, CY-14C V-Cymbal Crash x 1,
    Hart ECII-16RB Ride x 1,
    13" and 14" Kit-Toys china,
    10" Kit-Toys splash,
    KD-8 Kick Trigger Pad x 1,
    Trick Pro1-V double bass pedal,
    MDS-6C Drum Stand x 1
    And ppl remember listen to Strapping Young Lad!


    • #3
      I use a drum torque. It tensions the head evenly. I believe the snare has positional sensing. The module will show you how tight you should tension the snare. Then I would tension the toms a little less then that. (I dont know if the td 10 has postional sensing on the toms or not) Like Ruffneck said I would download the manual. It is good to have anyways.

      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

      My drum kit


      • #4
        There really is no trick. You just need to evenly tension the heads to your liking. I like them nice and tight.


        • #5
          I use an Ahead Drum Dial for nice consistent tuning.


          • #6
            The correct way is just like an acoustic head...just remember to tighten the lugs in small increments working across the head, not around in a circle. I like to imagine that I am drawing a 5-pointed star as I go around the lugs. 6-lug drums are even easier.
            A good page to read is the first couple of steps here: