Have you ever noticed how the tension rods in your snare’s rimshot zone loosen more quickly than other tension rods? The vibration and brief changes in head tension that occur from heavy hitting can conspire to detune a drum. It’s a common problem for strong-arm players, but even those of you who don’t hit that hard may have the same trouble if you favor die-cast hoops, tube lugs, or highly tensioned heads — all of which transfer more vibration. Now there may be a solution to all your whacking woes — TightScrews from Carl Scott Percussion.
At first glance, they appear to be conventional, chromed-steel tension rods. On closer examination, you’ll notice that through their threads is cut a narrow slot filled with a hard nylon material. This material increases the friction and surface area between the TightScrew and the receiving nut, thus preventing detuning. Do the gizmos actually work? Absolutely. I tried them under darn-near-abusive hammering, and once my ears stopped ringing, I didn’t detect any tuning changes. Because I had to eventually give the TightScrews back, though, I wasn’t able to check how many times you can change your heads before the plastic insert loses some of its effectiveness. But I have faith.
Some drummers may use them only on snare batters, but I think TightScrews could actually help all over your kit. Ever have a tension rod fall out from the bottom of a tom during a particularly thrashing solo? Pick up a pack of TightScrews and you never will.
Unfortunately, TightScrews aren’t currently offered for Sonor or DW drums, both of which use proprietary tension-rod designs, but the good news (which we learned at press time) is that Carl Scott Percussion now offers longer versions that can replace all the rods on your bass drum.
If you’re a metal drummer — or someone who just likes to hit hard — TightScrews are for you.
Packs & Prices: 4-pack ($8.95), 10-pack
($24.95), 20-pack ($34.95)
Features: Available in five lengths — 30mm, 42mm, 52mm, 65mm and 75mm. All lengths priced identically. Free shipping and a 30-day money-back guarantee included. 42mm, 52mm, and 65mm lengths available in Black finish.
Contact: Carl Scott Percussion, Vista, CA 92084. 877-615-5282. tightscrew.com