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Evans Magnetic Drum Key

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The drop-forged Evans Magnetic Drum Key is ergonomically designed for comfort. The key's knurled knob makes quick, easy spinning easy. The magnetic h...Click To Read More About This Product

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The drop-forged Evans Magnetic Drum Key is ergonomically designed for comfort. The key's knurled knob makes quick, easy spinning easy. The magnetic head helps prevent slipping and stays in place for fast tightening and loosening. The Evans Magnetic Drum Key also boasts a rattle-free design.


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EvansMagnetic Drum Key
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

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A good key, but not the ONLY key

I've had one of these for a long time but recently picked up a second one so I'd have a matching pair. I saw a drum tech using them for what he called...Read complete review

I've had one of these for a long time but recently picked up a second one so I'd have a matching pair. I saw a drum tech using them for what he called "stereo tuning". Seemed handy to tune tension rods across from each other at the same time. That aside, this drum key has some definite pros and cons.

On the pros side, the knurled top makes removing or installing tension rods quick during a head change a snap. The weight of the key also helps with the speed of using that part. The magnet can also be handy when removing and installing and sort of snaps in to place when you put it on a rod. The shape and weight feels good in your hand. If using a pair of these, you can get a head swapped out and up to a ballpark tension pretty fast.

On the cons side, there are a few little things. Like some others have said, the socket seems to have a little bit of play in it depending on the tension rod. I've had a couple that it just wouldn't grab and would just spin like the key was too big, but most seem to work fine. With that play considered, I wouldn't recommend leaving it on a drum while playing because it would rattle (besides, I can't really think of any pro drummers that leave a key on a tension rod while playing?). The only other thing I can think of is that the size of the key at the end is a bit thick so although it should work with a rim/drumhead, it may not work with other hardware such as bass drum legs, recessed rods on some bass drum claws, some bass drum pedals. For any recessed rods, I tend to need a smaller key. I those cases I find that I use the good ol cheap standard key that tends to come free with drums or other drum gear.

Overall, I'd say this is a great key that's good quality that is very useful for certain applications. But just know that you may need other keys depending on what you're using it for.

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Doesn't fit rods correctly

I have tried this on several different brands I've had recently...DW, Pearl, Premier, Mapex, Sound Percussion, etc. The socket is too big. It wants to almost just go ahead...Read complete review

I have tried this on several different brands I've had recently...DW, Pearl, Premier, Mapex, Sound Percussion, etc. The socket is too big. It wants to almost just go ahead and spin without turning the rod. It will work in a pinch but would probably round-off the rod if used often. I only have stainless rods now so the magnetic aspect doesn't work anymore either. I got rid of mine. It was a waste of money.

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2.0

I'm returning mine.

By Wooooooo

from South Dakota

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Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

Went to change some drum heads on my kit with this new drum key, and the rods kept getting stuck in the hole of the key. I managed to pull most of them out but then one got stuck octagonally (so the hole and the rod created more of a stop sign shape) and the magnetic pull was so much that I cannot get my rod out of the key hole. I have tried metal objects, banging the rod and key against a hard surface, and arm strength. I cannot get it out. I have to send it back with my rod attached, so now I lost a rod too. I think that's probably the worst possible scenario you can have with a drum key (short of someone throwing one at you and losing an eye). Maybe I just got a bad one or it's just not the drum key for me. But I have to return this. I would avoid it.

 
4.0

A good key, but not the ONLY key

By Tryp

from Fort Worth, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Slight play in socket

Best Uses

    Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

    I've had one of these for a long time but recently picked up a second one so I'd have a matching pair. I saw a drum tech using them for what he called "stereo tuning". Seemed handy to tune tension rods across from each other at the same time. That aside, this drum key has some definite pros and cons.

    On the pros side, the knurled top makes removing or installing tension rods quick during a head change a snap. The weight of the key also helps with the speed of using that part. The magnet can also be handy when removing and installing and sort of snaps in to place when you put it on a rod. The shape and weight feels good in your hand. If using a pair of these, you can get a head swapped out and up to a ballpark tension pretty fast.

    On the cons side, there are a few little things. Like some others have said, the socket seems to have a little bit of play in it depending on the tension rod. I've had a couple that it just wouldn't grab and would just spin like the key was too big, but most seem to work fine. With that play considered, I wouldn't recommend leaving it on a drum while playing because it would rattle (besides, I can't really think of any pro drummers that leave a key on a tension rod while playing?). The only other thing I can think of is that the size of the key at the end is a bit thick so although it should work with a rim/drumhead, it may not work with other hardware such as bass drum legs, recessed rods on some bass drum claws, some bass drum pedals. For any recessed rods, I tend to need a smaller key. I those cases I find that I use the good ol cheap standard key that tends to come free with drums or other drum gear.

    Overall, I'd say this is a great key that's good quality that is very useful for certain applications. But just know that you may need other keys depending on what you're using it for.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Doesn't fit rods correctly

    By EMan

    from NC, USA

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    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Doesn't fit rods, loose/too big
    • Not Functional
    • Too top-heavy & big

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

    I have tried this on several different brands I've had recently...DW, Pearl, Premier, Mapex, Sound Percussion, etc. The socket is too big. It wants to almost just go ahead and spin without turning the rod. It will work in a pinch but would probably round-off the rod if used often. I only have stainless rods now so the magnetic aspect doesn't work anymore either. I got rid of mine. It was a waste of money.

     
    3.0

    Not what it should have been

    By chrismikedrummer

    from Norwalk, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

    • It Rattles As You Play
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Non Mic Situations
    • Practicing

    Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

    It is magnatized and convinient to leave on a tunning lug but it rattles slightly, which it was advirtized to not. But it makes for a great heavy duty drum key.

     
    4.0

    best so far

    By Unnamed User-3dNEB

    from Marietta, GA

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    Pros

    • Fast Finger Twisting

    Cons

    • Too Wide For Some Rods

    Best Uses

      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      This key feels good in my hand and the tiny knob on top for finger twisting is convenient. The magnet works much of the time, but occasionally rattles, so I remove it for recording.

      This can't be my only drum key because the tip is too wide to reach some recessed rods. In my case, that means I have to go to a less massive key for Mapex memory clips.

       
      5.0

      Good if you take care of it

      By lovedrums240

      from Burlington, VT

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      Bought this key a couple months ago. While the magnet isn't strong enough to truly prevent rattling, it's very easy to use. The ergonomic handle is very nice. One disclaimer: due to the nature of magnets, if you are a hard hitter, it is best not to keep this on your snare drum. As I realized after a loud practice session the other day, the continuous shock can demagnetize it. Still has a little bit of grab to it, though.

       
      5.0

      Great drum Key!

      By Patrick McMullen, age 14.

      from Gibraltar

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      This is one of the best drum tunners I've ever had. My one dissapointment was that it won't stick to my frige, though I'm not the one who ordered it. ( I got it for my birthday). I don't know, Maybe my parents ordered the wrng one, but anyhow, it's a great tunner anyway, and I keep it on a little shelf in our band room now. From reading the other reviews, it seems to be magnetic, (and from the advertisment), so I guess it's just mine. Order now!!!

       
      5.0

      Best key I've ever used

      By Drummer Bart

      from Northlake, TX

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      I've been playing for the better part of 35 years and this is definately the best key I've used. From the magnet witin to the knob on the top, it works great. I have several and it's the only one I use.

       
      5.0

      good key

      By brillo head

      from Nashville,TN.

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      This is a handy drum key..has an ergonomic handle,a knurled spinner knob(this plus the magnet makes removing tuning rods much easier)There are a few negatives:the key is rather large and heavy compared to a standard key,its a little more cumbersome to use and the magnet strength doesnt seem to be enough to keep the key rattle-free during play as claimed.The magnet even came out of mine,but I was able to shove it back in and anchor it with adhesive.One good thing about this key,its large handle and weight gives it great leverage for torquing set screws on the pedal where they wont come loose.This key was designed by Ned Steinberger,creator of many innovative products for musicians.

       
      5.0

      Magnetism works

      By Easter

      from Erath County, TX

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      The Evans Magnetic drum key is, quite simply, the best drum key there is on the planet. I have kept my drum key handy on my floor tom, but the rattle for the last 40 years has been irritating. Rattle no more.The knurled knob is PERFECT spinner for installing or removing heads. Don't hesitate. Buy this drum key. It seemed expensive at first, and now I don't even remember how much it was.

       
      5.0

      Beefy....and rugged

      By Jim-rTVwy

      from NH

      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      as far as your everyday drum keys are concerned, the key is substantial. it's not cheaply made, it's rugged and sits on my floor tom all thru my gigs. when i need to tune during a break, it's there for me.

       
      5.0

      This is good

      By onj3vozcI

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      The magnetic feature is very handy. This is a good product.

       
      5.0

      What can you say about a drum key?

      By Mr. Happy

      from San Diego, CA

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      Good, Quality Drum key. The 9 in features is because, even though its magneticness is very useful, there are little decorative rings on the shaft that sometimes get stuck on the edge of the rim.

       
      5.0

      I eat a lot

      By East of Eden

      from PSL, FL

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      Comments about Evans Magnetic Drum Key:

      If your like me, you eat a lot. and the first place you head to after practice, is the fridge. NEVER LOSE YOUR KEY AGAIN! I can just walk up to the fridge, throw it at the door, and open it in a single motion that makes me look incredibly awesome, and saves time, allowing me to get more food faster. I love this key!

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