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Tama TW100 Tension Watch  

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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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      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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      (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      THIS PRODUCT IS PRETTY GOOD!

      By CHERWIN GUANZON

      from CALIFORNIA

      Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

      TAMA DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB ON THIS ONE THE TUNER IS LIKE A BOLT IT DONT MOVE VERY FIRM.CALIBRATE IT ON A FLAT FIRM FURNITURE AND ITS ON THE GO,FEELS LIKE IT CAN TUNE A LOT OF DRUMSIT LOOKS LIKE ITS A TOUGH COOKIE.IN THE MEANTIME THE QUALITY IS LESS,HOPE THIS HELPS FOR YOU!

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      (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      THIS IS PRETTY GOOD

      By CHERWIN GUANZON

      from CALIFORNIA

      Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

      THIS PRODUCT IS OK THE PRODUCT IS A TOUGH COOKIE,IT LOOKS LIKE IT CAN TUNE A LOT OF DRMS ITS LIKE A BOLT IT DONT MOVE,BUT THE QUALITY IS NOT PERFECT,OVERALL IS AN OK PRODUCT!

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Just doesn't compare

      By Drummer11-ZSU2U

      from Oklahoma

      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!!!

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      (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.

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      (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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tension Watch secrets for perfect tone

      By New owner-2cIsS

      from Atlanta

      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.

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      5.0

      Tama TW100 Tension Watch

      By Dreja

      from Kragujevac, Serbia

      Comments about Tama TW100 Tension Watch:

      It's great! I have it just few days now, but I wanted it all my drumming life! I found it great for checking head tension in early stage of tuning when the head isn't tight enough to hear its pitch, especially in bottom snare head tuning due to snare beds. Like my predecessors said, it doesn't stand alone without your ears, but when combined, there's not much you can't do! Use it alternate with your ears, checking each other out, and you can't do wrong. Just great!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It could be a lot better

      By The Sea

      from New hope, PA

      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.

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      (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!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      not for di-cast hoops

      By pearldrummer-sYahy

      from Central California

      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.

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