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Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 19:43:44 -0500
From: "farfl's house" <>
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

You're right in assuming you tune the bass drum in a star pattern. The way to tell if the drum is in tune is to tap it with the drum key on the head about mid point between every tuning point, and they should all sound relatively the same and give off the same harmonics.  Unlike a tympani, tuning a bass drum is not done to a specific note, usually.

Steven Lederman
"Percussion Pete"

> From: "J. Daniel Ashton" <>
> I'm stuck using a bass drum that's been abused for several years by
> kids of middle- and high-school age.  I figure the least I can do is
> tune it.
> So, how?
> How do I find the "correct" pitch for this drum?
> I was shown many years ago how to tune timpani - moving from one nut
> to the next in a star pattern around the drum.  I assume that I would
> use a similar technique for a bass drum, repeated for both heads.  But
> what frequency should I be seeking?

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