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Joe Binns

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shell depth
« on: September 29, 2016, 02:08 PM »
Do toms of different depths have essentially the same range or do deeper toms allow for deeper tones? 

Anthony Sullivan

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Re: shell depth
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 11:53 AM »
Hi Joe,

I'm sure you've found your answer by now, but just wanted to weigh in as this was something I debate when buying a Tama Hyperdrive kit... I found that the depth effects the length of the note more than the pitch. I can get the toms sounding quite low, but still retaining a really punchy sound.

Hope that helps!

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Re: shell depth
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 01:31 PM »
I have 4 different drum sets. Each has it's own sound. My Mapex sets sound completely different than my DW set. When choosing my drums for different bands I have to be very carefull which set I bring to the gig. For instance, if they play a lot of old rock I bring my old Slingerland set. But if I'm going to be recording I'll bring my DW set. But if I want a deep sound I'll choose my Cherrywood Mapex set. I also have various snares to chose from. I'm very choosy which snares I bring to a gig. So it pays to know the sound you're after.  ;)

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Re: shell depth
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2018, 11:29 AM »
So many variables, but essentially what Anthony said. B.

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Re: shell depth
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 01:37 PM »
Yes, depth of shell does not directly affect the pitch ... something one of our members found out after designing a prototype drum that could change it's shell depth.

I've shared this in other discussions, but the depth of a shell offers the POTENTIAL for lower pitches via tuning. The important word is potential. It won't make the drum sound deeper, but it will allow you to get lower/deeper sounds out of the drum.


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