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Drumdial Drum Tuner  

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Overview

  • No whacking necessary to tune your drums
  • Accurate and quick
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $99.95
  • Your Savings:
    - $40.00
  • Your Price:
    $5995

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      Drumdial

      Makes tuning easier.

      With the Drumdial Drum Tuner, timpani, snare drums, rack toms, and bass drums are all easily tuned without even hitting the drumhead. DrumDial measures tympanic pressure, not tension-rod torque. As a drummer you'll appreciate how easily and accurately you can tune your drums with the Drumdial Drum Tuner.

      Features

      • No whacking necessary to tune your drums
      • Accurate and quick

      Get those skins in tune, and save money doing it. Put it in the cart.

       
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      DrumdialDrum Tuner
       
      4.7

      (based on 237 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (203)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (18)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (5)

      89%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (23)
      • Good quality (23)
      • Functional (22)
      • Improves sound (21)
      • Fast (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (10)
        • Practicing (9)
        • Back-up (7)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (18), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        A must for new drums or re-skinning.

        Purchased it for my son's new drum set....wish I had one fifty years ago when I started playing.

        Purchased it for my son's new drum set....wish I had one fifty years ago when I started playing.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Quick and dirty

        This is the only drum tuner that I've owned, and it does what I expected. Obviously, it isn't hearing frequencies, but testing tensions, so it will never get the drum as in...Read complete review

        This is the only drum tuner that I've owned, and it does what I expected. Obviously, it isn't hearing frequencies, but testing tensions, so it will never get the drum as in tune as the ear will. The major issue, I find, is that after getting all of the lugs to matching tensions with the DrumDial, they will not be in tune when played. A pair of lugs across from each other will always produce a higher or lower pitch than the others. I always have to do a bit of tuning afterwards. I tend to use the product to get my drums in a ballpark range of where I want them, which comes in especially useful when switching between genres that demand higher or lower tunings.
        It works great to quickly tune a drum to a certain pitch, but without a good ear to do fine tuning, the DrumDial will leave you with drums that don't sound as good as they could.

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        5.0

        gets you close, but does not tune

        By Bobcat

        from Montana

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

          I will just ECHO so many other reviews, the Drum Dial is great to get you close, but you will still have to hand tune your heads, Pro drummers know this, but you novice drummers that think that the drum dial will tune your heads, IT WILL NOT! It will only adjust the tension. if you set every lug to the same tension, your drum will most likely still be out of tune. this Drum Dial is great to get you CLOSE!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A must have for precision tuning.

          By Smoke

          from Ithaca, NY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

              My set never sounded as good as it does after using the Drum Tuner. Really woke up my snare drum as it was set way too soft. I didn't know what to expect because I am a beginner but boy am I glad I bought the tuner.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              DrumDial, a banjo's best friend!

              By Cruzin

              from Alachua, Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                  The DrumDial is very easy to use and is a must for serious banjo players. Follow directions for zeroing in the DrumDial and check tension 3/4" from the
                  tension hoop an you can be assured the tension is even. I even found a problem when I found a very low reading in one spot. Turned out to be the head separating from it's ring. Would not have discovered it were it not for the DrumDial.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great drum tuner

                  By Praetorian-Prefect

                  from Brisbane, QLD, Australia

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                    Very good product. Useful, simple, quick, incredibly accurate

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Stop complaining!

                    By Mike

                    from Little Rock, AR

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Studio
                      • Studio Tuning
                      • Tension Equality

                      Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                      This is a device to get the tension of the drum perfect, not the tuning. You will have to tune millimeters by ear. That will take practice but I'm sure you can find a instructional video. If your tension is not even on all lugs then your drum will come out of tune after playing frequently. This will not tune your drum. Keep that in the back of your head before you purchase. To get the tension equality you need this device is perfect!

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                      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Unnecessary, gimmicky device

                      By Bubba Baggins

                      from Cleveland, OH

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Unnecessary Gimmick

                      Best Uses

                      • Paperweght

                      Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                      Many drummers have quite rightly observed that this device "gets you into the ballpark" for your tuning, but does not aid in fine tuning any better than even mediocre ears can. So why bother with the thing? Getting "in the ballpark" is easy; it's the fine tuning that takes time and effort and practice, and no device can teach you how or do it for you.
                      I find that simply proceeding according to standard head mounting and tensioning practices will "gets me into the ballpark" more quickly and accurately than using the Drumdial, because the Drumdial's readings can be misleading and send me in the wrong direction.
                      Fine tuning by ear will be the same painstaking, experimental process anyway, no matter what method gets you started.
                      Keep your money - or spend it on a few extra heads - and practice your tuning. The world does not need this product.

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                      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not sure

                      By telecasterplayer

                      from ohio

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                            You are better off learning to tune drums by ear. I bought this thing to see if I could be lazy and it doesn't work for me.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Does the job nicely

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                              Fantastic. I use this device to adjust tension evenly across the head and then finish tuning by ear. I love it and wish I would have got it LONG ago. Makes tuning time go by a lot quicker and gives me more time to play. It does have some weight to it and it feels built like a tank. Well machined and completely worth the price.

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                              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Quick and dirty

                              By nickbabsq

                              from Vancouver, BC

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Quick

                              Cons

                              • Doesn't Finish The Job

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Ballpark Tuning
                              • Concerts

                              Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                              This is the only drum tuner that I've owned, and it does what I expected. Obviously, it isn't hearing frequencies, but testing tensions, so it will never get the drum as in tune as the ear will. The major issue, I find, is that after getting all of the lugs to matching tensions with the DrumDial, they will not be in tune when played. A pair of lugs across from each other will always produce a higher or lower pitch than the others. I always have to do a bit of tuning afterwards. I tend to use the product to get my drums in a ballpark range of where I want them, which comes in especially useful when switching between genres that demand higher or lower tunings.
                              It works great to quickly tune a drum to a certain pitch, but without a good ear to do fine tuning, the DrumDial will leave you with drums that don't sound as good as they could.

                              Comment on this review

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              worked

                              By dan

                              from wisconsin

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound
                              • Worked great

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Drumdial Drum Tuner:

                                I'm a guitarist who 's son purchased a used drum set. I've been around drums in bands but never played one...and certainly never tuned one. Drum set sounded aweful but after tuning with the tuner, following the directions, the set sounded amazing.

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