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DrumDial Drum Tuner

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With the Drumdial Drum Tuner, timpani, snare drums, rack toms, and bass drums are all easily tuned without even hitting the drumhead. DrumDial measur...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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

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 273 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (233)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (54)
  • Easy to use (52)
  • Functional (50)
  • Improves sound (48)
  • Fast (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (21)
  • Practicing (21)
  • Back-up (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), Professional musician (13), Novice (6)

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

 

To Each His Own

This gadget attempts to make the art of drum tuning into rocket science. I've been tuning my drums without it for mumble-decades and only tried this whiz-bang gadget because it seemed high tech, other...Read complete review

This gadget attempts to make the art of drum tuning into rocket science. I've been tuning my drums without it for mumble-decades and only tried this whiz-bang gadget because it seemed high tech, other drummers had one, a "drum-tech" half my age recommended it and I'm at a place in life with enough expendable income that I could afford it. So, the last time I changed out all of 13 batter heads and 11 resonants, I brought this out and used it. After a while I felt silly and knew I'd wasted my money and was wasting time. I'll put my ears up against this thing in a Myth-busters challenge any day. Using the expensive DrumDial Bearing Edge Conditioner was an even worse experience. I've been using a bar of Ivory Soap for the same purpose for at least 40 years and it's never gunked up and dried out like the "Bearing Edge Conditioner" eventually did. Tuning a drum without "whacking" it? ... That's ludicrous. Generations of drummers, better than you or I - dating back to Baby Dodds didn't need this window dressing and my advice is save the expense and possibly the embarrassment. I'm sorry kids, I'm back to my old-school ways and my Drum-dial is up for sale for anyone who wants a good deal on a Jules Verne paperweight. Use your ears, trust your ears and as for "getting the head in the neighborhood", If you can't already do that without this Rube Goldberg device, you should switch to playing guitar.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

worth its weight in gold

By Adam Crateau

from Undisclosed

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Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

've been drumming and tuning by ear for 30+ years. This thing really works! you have to set up a head correctly - seat it properly and give each lug screw a half-turn or two using the traditional radial pattern. Then go around to each lug clockwise, using the dial making SMALL adjustments until each one reads excatly the same. Once you get the head at equal tension, you should have a well defined tone, and can go up or down from there based on personal preference. This process has taken the 'magick' out of getting just the right tone and pitch out of my drum. I really can't say enough about its impact on how my drums are sounding and thus how I'm playing them as well.
Nothing fancy - well put together tension dial that is easy to read. Has a few slideable reference marks. comes in a decent cardboard box with foam - would recommend finding a nice wooden box or similar to keep it safe.
Built with solid, heavy feeling metals. Spring loaded tension gague and rotary dial are well put together, but should be handled carefully.
Worth its weight in gold. you will get longer life out of your heads by using this tool and maintaining even pressures.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good product / fishy newness

By Chaplin

from My house

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Appears Used

Best Uses

    Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

    the product is great. built solid, and helps give you reference in tuning your drums. the first one i received was massively scratched in the back. the sticker in the front had nicks in it. and the box had someone's name and tax ID number from where it was shipped before i got it. so it was sold to at least one person, then resold to me as new. i returned it for exchange and the next one is also scratched in the back (it's very hard metal so it's not easy to scratch it must have really been tossed around a box of nails) and it also has a "former customer sticker" on the box, only this time they removed 95% of the sticker so i can't read the name of the person that had it before me. also, the cover protecting the dial was off I swear on my life (it's unbelievable i know). i put it back on. it didn't pop into place, i know i can remove it again with something sticky to pull it off. i'm not sure what the deal is here but the product seems to work well and is made very solid so whatever i'm just going to keep this, but i don't think it's right MF seems to sell used ones as new that's just wrong. the fact that it's happened twice out of 2 sales really removes the isolated incident scenario i was hoping for

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A MUST HAVE

    By Jim, the Runner

    from San Jose, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

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        Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

        I have been playing drums for over 40 years, starting in grade school and continuing today..

        I bought one of these because I thought the concept was awesome, and as I found out, it was. I was shocked how close my drums were tuned already, without the use of the DrumDial, but being able to check my ear was invaluable, plus it makes it a no-brainer to tune your drums. Once you determine the sound you are looking for, all you have to do is set each lug at the same tympanic pressure, and you are done.. The odd thing I learned is that all the drums are basically tuned to the same pressure, and the size of the head is what gives you the fundamental pitch. The snare is necessarily tuned with a little more pressure, and the bass drum with a little less, but the toms, with the same reading on each drum, gives them the perfect relative pitch, one to another.

        If you want your drums to sound their best and don't want to take a bunch of time tuning, this little item is a must have item. I remember an older tuning device I once owned which did basically the same thing, but it worked only if the tension rods were all equally oiled, or had the same resistance..This device measures the tension of the head at each tension rod...Get one...you'll wonder how you tuned your drums before you owned the DrumDial.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best investment a drummer can make

        By hXcdrummer209

        from Bay Area, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

            just got this thing in the mail a couple hours ago and tuned up. my kit sounds 100% better. it would have taken hours and hours to try to tune the drums by ear, and would not have even come close to the precision that this device gives you. if youre patient, and make sure the head was set properly to begin with, using the drumdial will be very easy.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A must for new drums or re-skinning.

            By earlyriser

            from New Jersey

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

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

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            good investment

            By BoilOlo

            from Boothwyn, PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                after looking at this thing in catalogs through out the years its been available, i finally decided to get one for myself and i couldn't be happier. took my drums apart, and set them on a table ( necessary to keep them level, you can't do this while the kit is set) you simply lay the gauge next to a tuning lug and it gives you an instant reading. it takes a bit of practice to tune the drum evenly because when you find a lug that needs a bit more turning...it will throw the one next to it a bit off. you simply have to go back and forth a bit, and make sure to do opposite lugs at a time to ensure the skin gets stretched evenly. the instructions say to tune snare drums to around 85 or so....i like mine a bit tighter so i did 89. the instructions also say to tune rack toms to 75 or so...i found this setting perfect for everything except my 12" tom, it was just too loose and low. no problem, i simply tuned it up a quarter turn on each lug and that was it.

                the gauge is fairly heavy and very well made, although, i would be worried about dropping this on the ground or a concrete floor.

                if you are having trouble tuning your drums, or if you want to make it easier, i would highly recommend this product.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This thing really works.

                By Bern

                from Holly Springs, NC

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                Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                Love this little product. Read the instructions and don't expect everything to just happen automatically, tuning still takes practice.
                I thought it wouldn't make much of a difference, but the Drumdial really improves the sound of the drums. Tuning now takes minutes instead of hours. I really recommend this product.
                Well built, looks and feels like it's tough.
                It's pretty pricy ( for it's size it looks like it), but well worth it.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Drum dial

                By Nescomer11

                from New Hampshire

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                Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                I have been a drummer for a long time and have always made sure to tune my drums and keep them sounding as good as can be. The drum dial allows me to do what used to take hours and do it in 20 minutes or so. I am also a recording engineer, and using this makes tuning a clients drums fast and efficient before a tracking session.
                Moveable bezel with a lock is awesome, easy to calibrate using a piece of glass and the bezel.
                Heavy, well made. Precise tool.
                Great value. For the price it is indespensible.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Drum Dial Review

                By Nathaniel Marchbanks

                from Austin, Texas

                Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                Like most of the folks here, high marks for the Drum Dial. That said, you have to know how to use it. Spend some time testing out the various tuning settings prescribed in the ranges listed in the accompanied documentation. Start in the middle of the range. Does it sound like you imagined your drums should sound? If the sound is too high, go to the bottom of the range. Too low, to the upper end of the range. Repeat as necessary until you find the sweet spot. The drum dial is great at giving you the tension of your drum head at a specific lug. Theres no guarantee that specific tension is going to ensure a consistent tone at each lugbut its going to get you real close, and that, to me, is the worth of the drum dial. Once you have relatively consistent numbers across all the lugs, the fine tuning is up to your ears.
                Very well built product, maybe even overbuilt. As an additional bonus, the cardboard case and foam lining should protect it for years.
                For me, the value is a 10. With some head/drum combinations, Id nail it; with others, I could never find a pleasing tone. With the Drum Dial, I can document exactly what tensions get me close to the desired tone for a particular head/drum combo, and I can repeat it time after time. If I move to a lighter-weight head combination, I have a relative value as a starting point, which to me is the value of the product.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product!

                By Gargar

                from Edgewood, New Mexico

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing
                  • Tuning New Heads

                  Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                  I got this tuner with and order of drum heads. I had used one before and loved it. This product is very well made and is very accurate. It is very nice to have all the drums tuned to the same tension, and know that it is correct. I would recommend this product to any one who wants to get the most out of their kit.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fast tuner

                  By Percussion

                  from Pennsylvania

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

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                      Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                      Wonderful, fast , accurate.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect tool for banjo head tuning

                      By joe

                      from illinois

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

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                          Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                          very easy to use,in 5 minutes I had the head on my Deering Sierra in perfect tune

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A tympanist must.

                          By Don Kelley

                          from Valdosta GA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound
                          • It is so easy and all tympanist should have one.

                          Cons

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                              Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                              The Drum Dial makes tuning so easy.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              very easy to tune drums.

                              By Sean

                              from undisclosed

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                              Comments about Drum Tuner:

                              Works great, makes tuning drums extremely simple

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Yes

                              By douglas

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                              Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                              No drummer should be without it.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I would buy this product and recommend it to other drummers

                              By Daniel

                              from undisclosed

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                              Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                              makes turning my drums very easy. very happy with this product.

                              (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Deaf and can't tune?

                              By MusicCleaner

                              from Chicago, IL

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                              Pros

                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Use
                              • Not Functional

                              Best Uses

                              • Looks Cool I Guess

                              Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                              If you know absolutely nothing about tuning, don't know what sound you're going for or what each drum is supposed to sound like, or you just want to waste money and own every drum accessory possible, then this is the item for you.

                              So I went about 17 years tuning my drums by ear and feel, and thought one day, "maybe I should try a drum tuner." Absolute waste of time and money. If you're a scientist and trying to control the tension of a drumhead for some experiment, this could come in handy. If you want to make music and are looking for a more balanced, controlled drum pitch, this will do you no favors. Trust your ears. They will do a far better job assisting in your drum tuning than this contraption.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Stop complaining!

                              By Mike

                              from Little Rock, AR

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                              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!

                                (3 of 12 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.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By DevinG17

                                from Bristol, VA

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about DrumDial Drum Tuner:

                                  This thing it awesome! very easy to use and you can perfectly tune your drums with it. Definitely worth the money.

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