Most drummers keep an eye on the number of drumsticks in their bag and spare heads in their trap case. But there are plenty of other parts in a drum set that need to be maintained for a good sound or hassle-free performance, yet often go overlooked. Most of them are fairly inexpensive, which means only one thing – we’re just too damn lazy to deal with it, right? Wrong! Here’s our short list:
1. Resonant Heads
When was the last time you changed the bottom heads on your drums? Admit it – almost never! We don’t think about them because they rarely break. Still, they do stretch out and lose their tonality over time, which compromises your drum sound. So go ahead. Change your resonant heads. You’ll be amazed to discover how much it improves your drum sound.
2. Snare Wires
Let me guess. You’re one of those drummers who twists off the snare wires as they break one by one. In the end you’re left with three or four measly strands working overtime to create an inadequate buzz. Don’t wait until they break. Change your snare wires every six months or so.
How many springs do you have in your drum set? Bet you don’t actually know. At the very least you have a couple in your pedals. When you use any spring repeatedly it will stretch and gradually lose tension. By replacing the springs in your pedals a couple times per year, you can retain the snappy response they had when they were brand new.
4. Cymbal Sheaths
All cymbal stands come supplied with plastic or nylon cymbal sheaths. Eventually these wear out to expose the metal post underneath, allowing the hole in the cymbal bell to rub against the stand. If you let matters get to that point, you risk damaging a cymbal worth hundreds of dollars by neglecting to replace a 50¢ sheath. Wise up.
Have you ever had a drum that suddenly becomes difficult to keep in tune? While there could be any number of reasons why that might happen, one of the most common is that a washer fell off of one of your tension rods and was never replaced. Washers help lock the rod in position. Without one, the rod is likely to de-tune.