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Makes tuning quick, easy, and precise!

The Tama TW100 Tension Watch measures actual head-not tuning rod tension-on an easy-to-read meter, so you can record the numbers and duplicate your best tuning time after time. Or you can use the sample tunings suggested in the directions. Either way, the Tama Tension Watch lets you spend more time playing and less time tuning your drums.


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TamaTW100 Tension Watch
 
4.0

(based on 28 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Essential Tool

I am a recording engineer and a drummer. I am always focused on getting the best acoustic drum sounds possible.I bought the Tension watch after being unsatisfied with the results of ear tuning and...Read complete review

I am a recording engineer and a drummer. I am always focused on getting the best acoustic drum sounds possible.I bought the Tension watch after being unsatisfied with the results of ear tuning and was looking for a more accurate tool that would allow me to reference specific tunings and to recreate them on future recordings.The tension watch is the best investment I have made for drum recording. Coupled with new quality heads(Evans G2 & Evans Resonant Glass, Remo Pinstripe & Attack 1 Ply-MED), the tuning of the is the most important factor in my drum recording. The tuning influences the quality of the recording more than the Mic, Console, Preamp, of Processing, and therefore the Tension watch is ESSENTIAL STUDIO GEAR. Using the Tension Watch correctly will improve your drum sound and recording more that any other item. The included documentation is weak, and will not really get you off to a good start. I used a batch of new heads of various weights and a month of testing to come up with a good tuning method.People seem put off by the price but, this is a high quality, precision measuring tool. It is built well and feels as if it will last a lifetime.The 8 for features is because the competition (drum-dial) offers a rim gauge for more accurate readings around the rim. That would be a nice feature. The 9 for value is only because the case is just cheap plastic nesting sleeve. For the price and quality of this precision tool it should come with a durable sturdy case that would keep it in perfect condition and store away better.I recommend this tool to every and engineer I meet.For new users here are some good starting points.BUY GOOD HEADS...don't assume the stock heads are still good (unless you buy a Gretch kit with the Evans set-up)Try various heads to suit your taste.You CAN NOT LOSE with Evans G2's and Resonant Glass. Period.8" Tom Top 50-55 Bottom 55-6010" Tom 50-55 Bottom 55-65 12" Tom 50-55 Bottom 55-6514" Floor Tom 55 Bottom 45-5516" Floor Tom 50-55 Bottom 45-55Snare Top 90 Bottom 75-90The tom batter head sounds worse the higher it is tensioned, try as loose as possible without distortion and stay within plus 10 from there. This will increase attack too.The tom resonant head is really where the tone comes from and the tuning of this head will be where you actually tune the drum to the resonant pitch of the shell. Different head weights will result in different tension readings for the same pitch so, If you increase head thickness or use a different model head re-tune to wound good not the reading from the last head.Tune the kick batter as loose as you can stand, tune the front head just to eliminate wrinkles. Slowly increase to taste. Use the Evans EMAD or EMAD 2 and you will surely have a great kick sound. A Powerstroke 3 with a small pillow is goo d too. The heads and damping influence the kick more than the tuning but try to stay somewhat loose so the head can move and push some air.Slowly increase the Snare resonant head to get the pitch you want, and tune the batter head for sensitivity.Rock on

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Tension watch features

The tension watch does not have a locking bezel. It comes out of calibration very easily if you accidentally move the tuner face. The oversize base makes it awkward to use. It does...Read complete review

The tension watch does not have a locking bezel. It comes out of calibration very easily if you accidentally move the tuner face. The oversize base makes it awkward to use. It does not have an edge gage. I exchanged mine for a USA made Drumdial and it works alot better and has the edge gage and bezel lock.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Just doesn't compare

By Drummer11-ZSU2U

from Oklahoma

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I just bought some DWs from a friend and he had one of these as well as a Drumdial. The Drumdial blows this piece of crap out of the water! The Drumdial is the exact same price, the exact same concept, but has better minds behind its engineering I guess. In short: don't buy this; buy Drumdial!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Tension watch features

By Nashville tech

from Nashville

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

The tension watch does not have a locking bezel. It comes out of calibration very easily if you accidentally move the tuner face. The oversize base makes it awkward to use. It does not have an edge gage. I exchanged mine for a USA made Drumdial and it works alot better and has the edge gage and bezel lock.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Die Cast Hoops?

By Tyler Branson

from Los Angeles

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

The Tama Tension Watch will not work with die cast hoops! I was very disappointed, so I returned it. The tension watch doesn't even have a warranty! The only drum tuner that works with die cast hoops is the DrumDial. I got a DrumDial and it works great with die cast hoops! It has a one year warranty.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Essential Tool

By Benjamin Jon

from Massachusetts

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I am a recording engineer and a drummer. I am always focused on getting the best acoustic drum sounds possible.I bought the Tension watch after being unsatisfied with the results of ear tuning and was looking for a more accurate tool that would allow me to reference specific tunings and to recreate them on future recordings.The tension watch is the best investment I have made for drum recording. Coupled with new quality heads(Evans G2 & Evans Resonant Glass, Remo Pinstripe & Attack 1 Ply-MED), the tuning of the is the most important factor in my drum recording. The tuning influences the quality of the recording more than the Mic, Console, Preamp, of Processing, and therefore the Tension watch is ESSENTIAL STUDIO GEAR. Using the Tension Watch correctly will improve your drum sound and recording more that any other item. The included documentation is weak, and will not really get you off to a good start. I used a batch of new heads of various weights and a month of testing to come up with a good tuning method.People seem put off by the price but, this is a high quality, precision measuring tool. It is built well and feels as if it will last a lifetime.The 8 for features is because the competition (drum-dial) offers a rim gauge for more accurate readings around the rim. That would be a nice feature. The 9 for value is only because the case is just cheap plastic nesting sleeve. For the price and quality of this precision tool it should come with a durable sturdy case that would keep it in perfect condition and store away better.I recommend this tool to every and engineer I meet.For new users here are some good starting points.BUY GOOD HEADS...don't assume the stock heads are still good (unless you buy a Gretch kit with the Evans set-up)Try various heads to suit your taste.You CAN NOT LOSE with Evans G2's and Resonant Glass. Period.8" Tom Top 50-55 Bottom 55-6010" Tom 50-55 Bottom 55-65 12" Tom 50-55 Bottom 55-6514" Floor Tom 55 Bottom 45-5516" Floor Tom 50-55 Bottom 45-55Snare Top 90 Bottom 75-90The tom batter head sounds worse the higher it is tensioned, try as loose as possible without distortion and stay within plus 10 from there. This will increase attack too.The tom resonant head is really where the tone comes from and the tuning of this head will be where you actually tune the drum to the resonant pitch of the shell. Different head weights will result in different tension readings for the same pitch so, If you increase head thickness or use a different model head re-tune to wound good not the reading from the last head.Tune the kick batter as loose as you can stand, tune the front head just to eliminate wrinkles. Slowly increase to taste. Use the Evans EMAD or EMAD 2 and you will surely have a great kick sound. A Powerstroke 3 with a small pillow is goo d too. The heads and damping influence the kick more than the tuning but try to stay somewhat loose so the head can move and push some air.Slowly increase the Snare resonant head to get the pitch you want, and tune the batter head for sensitivity.Rock on

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tension Watch secrets for perfect tone

By New owner-2cIsS

from Atlanta

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

First of all the tension watch his hands down the best drum tuning device. Every drummer should have one. I owned one for over two years and decided it was useless. Yeah, the drums would have perfect tension all around but zero depth and sustain. I talked to a professional drum tech about my problem and he gave me a valuable pointer that changed my entire prospective on tuning, as well as my low opinion on my drum set and tension watch. He told me - by setting all the rods at the same tension you very often rob your drums of sustain and depth. Then he told me to start by tensioning all the rods around the drum a tad higher then specification. Once you finish that, follow by detuning one tension rod until the entire drum detunes to you're liking. You might think this would mess things up and that it would defeat the purpose of using the watch - but no. He explained, by doing this you add depth. I went home and tried it and it changed my life. All of a sudden my drums went from sounding pretty bad to fantastic. One of the beauties to this method is that you can tune your drums lower or higher with just one tension rod. That is, after you use your tension watch. Try it if you haven't already. Maybe it's not a secret - but it's a great pointer for drummers who haven't tried it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It could be a lot better

By The Sea

from New hope, PA

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I just got this at the local music store and went home and tuned all my drums. It was decently made, but it had some stuff that could be a lot better. You had to adjust the dial, and it could easily become moved and mess up tuning a lot. The instructions it comes with are written in english, but it still hardly makes sense. Also, when you tune both heads (batter and resonant), it totally messes up the tuning on the otherside, normally the case, but it totally messes what you write down(it comes with a chart) and if u retune it with that, it would sound bad. Last thing that is annoying it the measurement. It says ten mm, which is 1 cm. I dont know about everyone else, but I dont have a ruler with me 24/7. at least the drumdial one has a little thing that would make it easier. Question, does the kind of head matter? cause it kept giving me really low tensions for a standard set, and a lot higher and it still sounded too low. make your own judgement, but I would porbably buy the drumdial one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not for di-cast hoops

By pearldrummer-sYahy

from Central California

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I bought one of these a while ago, and even though it is a good quality product, it doesn't work too well with di-cast hoops. I have di-cast hoops on my toms and one snare and it will give in-accurate readings on lugs that are not even tightened at all. Otherwise, on my second snare, with regular hoops it does ok.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A necessary tool

By The Dave-ZrHqq

from Midwest

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

This device is very well made, and to me is as necessary as my key or sticks. This really takes the guesswork out of tuning your heads. It's very simple to use, and saves a LOT of time. I use this to get my drums pretty well in tune, and sometimes I still use my ears to finish up. I generally use this a little less when tuning my bass or snare. I rough it in using this, tune by ear, and then finish up with this again. The thing to remember is that nearby lugs can have a bearing on what the current lug reads (for example, if you are tuning 3 lugs side by side, and the outer two are tight and the middle one is loose, the gauge will show the middle lug being tighter than it really is). So, you pretty much average things out.Also, when you are tuning, I take my key and lightly tap the rim or the lug a few times to get an accurate reading.Keeping this in mind, I would absolutely recommend this. The Drum Dial is very good too, and a little less. I bought this because it was the only thing available, and it seems a bit better crafted.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

one of my best investments

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I absolutely love my tension watch. I'm giving features a 9 because it didn't come with a hard case which I did expect at the price point. Nevertheless, I'm completely happy with what I can do with it. I've been playing drums for 12 years and I know that I will be using the tension watch for the rest of my days. I see the tension watch as a guitar tuner for drummers. To me the tension watch isn't a "crutch" as some drummers might think. here is an important point. I've realized from using the tension watch that the tuning of the lugs are inconsistent in that the lugs sound different even when the watch reads that the tension is even. "do not" change the tension rods to make them the same pitch. Resist the temptation, because you will just frustrate yourself! For the toms try 60 for both batter and bottom heads. For snare try 85 to 95.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BamaDrummer

By RepeaterDrummer

from Birmingham, Alabama

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I have played drums for over 30 years and have always wished to have a kit that sounded "in tune" and crisp. Although I have always had an "ear" to play, I could never get my drums to sound professional. This device is "wonderful". I now have a kit that sounds great and if you ever have to change the heads, you can re-tune the new head exactly as the head you replaced. The dial is very accurate and is very user friendly. I recommend this product to anyone that has a hard time getting every drum in tune. The only thing I wish is that the instructions gave more examples of more sizes instead of the standard 5 piece kit. But this is a great way to begin tuning. Good tool.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth the money

By Drummer d

from Anchorage, AK

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I have been playing for over 20 years and finally bought one of these tuners. It ROCKS!!! I use to play a 9 piece kit, which took awhile to tune, I wish I had this back then. It definitely saves time and the results are awesome. I don't understand why some guys are having trouble with this product unless they didn't calibrate it properly. The only thing I would change would be to add some kind of gauge that would keep the distance from the hoop for you so you wouldn't have to guess. Other than that it ROCKS!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tama tension watch

By DrummerbyFaith2worship

from California MO.

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

To start with I have to say I'm amazed by the difference in the sound of my drums, this product I'd most definately advise to any style of drummer, the time it takes to tune my drums now is so much quicker & easier than all the yrs. of just tuning my kit by ear, like others have suggested if you feel the urge to tune a loose lug....resist. As for the Tension watch it's self, I agree with others Tama should have sprung with the spacer like the drumdial had, other than that...it's an awesome piece of machinery, and highly suggest it to other drummers to add it too thier kits!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Makes tunning alot faster but breaks fast.

By brooklyn, NY

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

It would only take me about 20 minutes to tune all my 5 drums. But it broke once it fell 1 foot off the ground.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TAMA Tension Watch

By rkline

from Va Beach VA

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

Just purchased one of these to check out, and so far so good. I've been playing drums for over 30 yrs and have always tuned by ear. I still trust my ear, but wanted to give the Tension Watch a go to see how it worked.I honestly believe that a quality drum, coupled with a quality head, is always essential. If you have those, and you have a good ear, you can tune w/o the use of something like this. However, I believe that even the most experienced drummer will find that the Tension Watch will make life a bit easier.My biggest complaint- as someone else already mentioned- is the lack of a "spacer" bracket to gauge the distance from the rim where the TW should sit. Apparently, the Drum Dial has this and it's a bit baffling why Tama would not add this feature. The instructions, which are a tad comical, say to place the TW 10mm from the rim. Well, I don't know about any of you, but I don't have mm readings on my heads. For now, I'm using the nylon tip of a Vater 2B to gauge the distance. Tama should have just sprung for the addition of a 10mm piece to make it easier.Anyway, once you use this, you quickly realize how quirky tuning drums can be. Some tension rods feel tighter than others, even of the tension at all points around the edge of the head are the same. You might say "well that one seems a bit looser, so it MUST need more tightening even though the TW is telling me different"- resist the urge! Even tensioning is key to the tuning, not even feel of the tension rods themselves. Unless one is really loose, leave it alone.All in all, I think the Tension Watch is a worthy investment. If Tama would just implement a 10mm spacer, and a slightly nicer case, it would be perfect.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!!

By Chris Arrigo

from Glenview, IL

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

Tama did an excellent job with this one! Th te craftsmanship alone is mind blowing. If you are having problems tuning, this is a great helper. Once you figure out your best tuning, you can dupicate after time. Works great on all drums.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Too sensitive

By Fred-6x3ur

from edinburg, TX

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

This product really speeds up tuning time. Although it is not extremely accurate, it does get the drums in good sounding range, from which you can tweak easily if you want. Only problem was after a year of usage it broke after one fall.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tama Tension Watch

By Mikadoo

from Midland, Texas

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I purchased the tension watch with alot of reservation. Afterall, who wants to have a piece of machinery do your job..? Welp... Tama nailed it with this piece of machinery! This is a very precise and unbelievably well built piece of precision. You still have control, this thing gets ya' in the park. You simply make your personal adjustments as to your style and make note of your desired tension for each tom and everytime you setup check everything and your good to go. It doesn't matter what heads you work with that's your personal choice. You go with what works for you and the tension watch gets you in the park. I rated this at 9 re; features, welp.. It doesn't matter, you set it on your head and it works flawlessly. Simplicity at it's best, no bells and whistles, none needed. Do yourself a favor and check it out and you'll see immediately.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

insta-tune

By Pastor Gumby

from Boonton, NJ

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

1st time using it, and my drums sounded 10x better. totally worth the extra bucks!

 
5.0

tension watch, technically not a tuner

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

so i just bought this tension watch at my local music store and it's amazing. i spent all this time trying to tune my drums (i just bought those recently), and it took me forever, plus it wasn't as accurate. this tension watch is extremely sensitive and accurate. it gets a nine for features because the other tension watch (drumdial) has a little distance placement from the lug where as this one does not. 9 stars for value because i feel like the price is way too much. high quality and good overall.overall great product! tama makes great drums (just got the swingstar) and quality products.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Pretty useless

By CatWithAGatt

from Wichita, KS

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Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

I bought this because I thought my heads just weren't in tune. Turns out it was my crappy Pearl Forum set that was the problem. If you've ever read anything on how to properly tune a drum, then this thing won't help your sound, as it's not hard to get the drums tuned. You just have to get an ear for it and experiment. And don't expect to get the sound of Lars Ulrich out of a cheap drum set. It ain't happening! Tune carefully, try a variety of heads, ask your local drum store for tips, and ENJOY your drums, don't fret over them!

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