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Whether you're seeking a beginner's kit or have a pro set or digital drum kit, this essential manual offers hard-won professional advice on how to get the best from your drum set, hardware, and cymbals, whatever its make or vintage. Step-by-step guidance and color photographs show you how to choose your drum kit, recommendations on tensioning lugs and springs, controlling harmonics and resonance, bass-drum porting, details of head types, shell construction, bearing edges, lug casings, finish options, and rewrapping a vintage drum. In-depth case studies examine a wide range of gear from vintage 1930s beginnings to 1960s Ludwig Downbeats to 21st century pro kits from DW, Yamaha, Premier, and Gretsch, in addition to mid-price kits from Pearl and Tama, beginner's kits, and Roland Digital kits. Packed with 500+ color photographs, here are the expert tricks and tips of the pro techs that you need to make your drum kit play like a dream!