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Percussion Parlor / Re: My Conga Is Stuck! Help!
« Last post by Bart Elliott on August 13, 2019, 01:01 PM »
Use paraffin wax, such as candle wax. Dishwashing liquid? No way. Sticky gooey mess.

A little dishwashing liquid, like Dawn, is not a sticky, gooey mess.  ;D

Wax of any type is going to be a far great "mess". Good luck trying to get that to work it's way between the two stuck surfaces. The wax will harden up very quickly... even if it could make it in there.

An oil or soap is a better lubricant... and a little goes a long way.
Percussion Parlor / Re: My Conga Is Stuck! Help!
« Last post by Trey Yancy on August 13, 2019, 08:20 AM »
Use paraffin wax, such as candle wax. Dishwashing liquid? No way. Sticky gooey mess.
Percussion Parlor / Re: Congas: how to reduce overtones and ringing?
« Last post by Trey Yancy on August 13, 2019, 08:18 AM »
There is something that I wish someone had told me when I was starting out:

If you have an issue with overtones, check to make sure that the tension on all the lugs is the same all around. If your drum is tuned so that the pitch is the same when tapping the head near each lug, but you find that the tension on the lugs are not the same (such as one too stiff and another too loose), this is because your rims are out-of-round. Even it the pitch near all lugs is identical, you will get overtones because the drum is not perfectly round. (Imagine a perfectly round pond and an oval-shaped pond. When you drop a pebble into the round pond you get circular ripples. When you do this in an oval pond, the ripples reflect from the edges at different speeds, causing all sorts of points where the ripples collide. This is what happens to a drum head when the rim is not round.)

Remove the heads and use a ruler to measure with width of the top edge of the shell. Rotate the ruler in increments of 60ยบ or so. If you find that the rim is slightly wider in one direction, that is a source of the overtones. Pop on the head and firmly tighten the lugs that are in line with the direction where the rim is wider. This way you can use the head to slowly bring the rim back into round. This can take time - even several months. In the meantime, you can tune up the other lugs for playing, but when not playing, loosen those lugs all the way down while maintaining tension on the other lugs.

Once the rims have been returned to being round and are stable, get into the habit of substantially dropping the tension on all lugs whenever you are not playing. This might seem like a pain in the neck, but when the rim is perfectly round, tuning is easy. When it is out of round, it is a nightmare.
Finding the right drum set is like falling in love, when its meant to be, you will know!

Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Show us your drum/perc set-up
« Last post by Jay on August 05, 2019, 07:34 AM »
Here's my kit. Simple enough

All I need is just to change drum heads. I'm currently reading this and planning to get a few Evans snares.
Health & Fitness / Re: Sciatica
« Last post by Jay on August 05, 2019, 07:29 AM »
I've experienced 2 bouts of sciatica in the last 12 years, a very painful bout throughout last month, February 2012.  My saving graces are:
Physical therapy,
Back adjustments (similar or same to chiropractic, but performed by my phyiscal therapist), and most importantly
Posture, posture, posture. 
Back rest for my drum throne is also helpful since I had a habit of slouching forward (trying to emulate Buddy Rich ??  :D ).  The back rest on my Roc 'n Soc prevents me from slouching and is very comfortable when resting in between songs when I'm tired.

Isn't there any other option? I don't trust chiropractors...
General Board / Tuning toms to notes or perfect 4th's with a Tune-Bot
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on March 14, 2019, 06:44 PM »
Here is a video I made tuning my toms to perfect 4th's using the Tune-bot

A few quick points

1- These heads were replaced over a year ago when I recorded an album. They have been used almost daily for a year and still worked out pretty good.

2- I tuned my drums over 4 days ago and have played a lot so they are not in perfect tune now. (still sound good)

3- I did minimal processing. There is a slight limiter/compressor on the main channel to prevent clipping. I put some small EQ on the toms to make it represent the natural sound more. There is a dip at 500hz, and a small boost around 100-200hz. as well as 6000 I think. Noting too crazy. It sounded fantastic while playing these in the room.

I am sold on tuning to specific notes now in the same scale.. I'm going to try many more combos. Keep an eye out for a snare video as well.
Hi everyone! I haven't posted here in a while. Just wanted to share this video of me singing and playing drums, guitar and bass to "Come Together" by The Beatles. Hope you enjoy! :)

Percussion Parlor / Re: Conga Head Size Determination Measurements
« Last post by Bart Elliott on February 28, 2019, 05:47 AM »
Sorry for the late response, Jason.

Purchasing pre-formed/pre-seated skin drumheads for congas, bongos, djembes, etc., are always very tricky. As you've pointed out, there are a lot of variances... so it's always best to purchase a replacement head recommended by the manufacturer. What do you do when the manufacturer goes out of business or discontinues a particular model of drum? Well, that's the issue you ran into.

I would always suggest taking the original head off, measuring the flesh-hoop and points of bearing edge contact... to assure proper head replacement.

If the flesh-hoop works but the pre-formed bearing edge shape does not, you can always soak the head in room temperature water over night ... softening it enough to be reshaped and seated on your drum.

As you mentioned, you will probably just need to purchase some raw hyde and reuse the existing flesh-hoop from your existing drumhead. It's not tough to do, but can be a little tricky if you've never done it before. Check/search the Drummer Cafe forum for previous discussions on the topic.

I also recommend, when possible, to visit your local drumshop and solicit their assistance with getting the correct head for your drum. The service you receive is well worth the extra $$$ you'll spend by purchasing from them rather than online.

Keep us posted!
Shameless Self-Promotion / New album finished.
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on February 24, 2019, 10:04 PM »
My metal band finished up getting our new CD mixed / mastered finally. I took a few of the clips from recording and put them over one of the new tracks. (Video editing is not my specialty)  I am pretty happy with how everything turned out musically. There is lots of blast beats and double kick so if that's not your cup of tea you might not enjoy this. haha

You can follow us on our facebook at if you enjoy it.
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