The Drummer’s Helper!
DrumDial can be used to tension equally both tuned and untuned membranophones. While most drums with heads are classified as instruments of indefinite pitch, DrumDial can aid in maintaining the “relative pitch” you desire once the pressure values are established to your liking. Membranophones of definite pitch such as timpani, tablas and boobams may also be tuned accurately with DrumDial. This would be extremely advantageous in a symphonic setting where a timpanist has to retune various drums for progressive sections of a composition.
Tuning a complete drumset is a matter of personal preference, and tensions may vary based upon the player’s style, head selection, type of music, and the drum mounting system. The chart below is meant to be a guide, providing pressure ranges for both the batter and resonator heads.