of a drumhead (about
10 minutes) see
also rope replacement
see also natural
head set-up version
for a snare head (photo
it is a natural one, see also
Put off the rope surplus which is around of
the snare hoop (photo
Slack off enough the rope cordage taking advantage
of this surplus (photo
Draw the hoop concerning by the head which
must be replaced (photo
Take off the old head (photo
Put the new head (photo
Set up the parts (photo
Pull the rope, but not stretch it (photo
Verify the correct placement of the snare
hoop with the shell (with the snare throw off),
then the batter hoop (photo
stretch the rope, often that needs three stages
the surplus around the snare hoop, and I always
do a last turn around in order to equalize
the tension, in the inverse direction, beginning
with the end (photo
any case, or to renew the hoops, or to replace
the ears, we of course must completely put
it, but it is of course not necessary to only
replace one, or the two heads. See
of the Drum parts : (photo
- the shell, with the heads, the
- the two hoops
- the eleven ears
the suspension strap with hook
- the new
We put the hoops on the shell, in the
right place. (photo
It is of course very important to well
begin. So, there are many explanations, it
is better to have too much than not enough.
We begin into the second hole of the
snare hoop, counting right from the snare
We pull it, and put it into the loop.
We put into the first ear, then into
the batter hoop, in entering direction, and
going closer to the snare motion. (photo
We continue into the ear
(photo 6), the into the snare hoop (thus
first hole right from the snare). At this
moment, we just pull the rope into the parts
in order to maintain all, but we do not stretch.
Normally, the suspension strap is "open",
we can put it at the end of the operation.
If it is not, do not forget to place it now.
We continue again, ear, hoop, ear,
9), ear, hoop, etc. (photo
It is possible to do the operation
as shown, without the shell. (photo
Here is the final result, with the
last passage into the loop of the rope. (photo
At this time, we must verify the good
position of the snare hoop compared with the
shell. Then, pushing down some ears, we can
watch the batter hoop. (photo
We now have to stretch the rope from
the begining. (photo
Then, strand by strand. (photo
We finish by pulling through the loop,
with a stop turn. (photo
And, we stretch again... in general
we need to do it two, three times, and gain
one, two centimeters each time.
We put the surplus of the rope around
the snare hoop, as shown. (photo
I always finish with a last inversed
turn (beginning with the last strand) in order
to equalize the tension.
Then, we can play. (photo
Natural head set-up
20 minutes, and some hours for drying)
want to replace the snare head on this old
Drum. (see story).
General view, (photo
the "open" Drum: See
the new head, made of calf or goat skin (here
it is calf, I prefer) (photo
the head hoop, for which we verified it matches
with this old shell (photo
the dedicated fork, with a "special"
bent end. (photo
Soak the head in cold water (not hot, of course,
we do not want to cook it) for some minutes,
enough to obtain the required suppleness.
Place the head on a
table, extern side down, and the hoop above.
Begin to roll the head,
in four opposite points. (photo
View of the details
of the operation. (photo
Continue all around,
then finish to roll. (photo
Put the head on the Drum, pushing it about
five millimeters, just for it takes shape.
Pull the rope, but do not stretch. (photo
Wait for the drying,
between three and ten hours, depending of
the thickness of the head and of the meteo.
Finish the Drum set-up, stretch the rope.
Make Drum in tension , the snare adjustments
The expected moment came : we can play. Every
natural head is different, so the touch, the
behaviour, the sound are not predictable,
thus it is particularly exciting. (photo
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