Drum Wrap Vs. Sound (pt 2)

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(Continued from History of Drum Wrap)

Believe it or not, the drum wrap material does not effect the sound of the drums.  I know that this is going to be an idea that is hard for some to swallow, but it is an established  fact.

The Corder Drum company (as well as a host of others) have done comparison studies on this very topic.

If the drum shell thickness is somewhere close to 1/8″, you might detect some sound difference from the wood with drum wrap (like how an acoustic guitar is made). Any wood shell thickness at 1/4″ or greater does not produce any sound difference, whether it is covered or not (most shells are around 1/4″ – 3/8″ thick and some are greater).

A detectable sound difference comes into play in the following factors:

  • volume of the air chamber (shell size),
  • characteristics of the drum head (type, size, etc.),
  • and manner of it’s installation (tightness, dampness characteristics, etc.).

Actually, we could discuss in much greater detail all the variables of what effects the sound of drums, but one thing you can rest assured about is that the drum material on your drums is not going to hurt (or help) the sound.  We have customers call us after using our drum wraps and state that our material improved the sound, but we cannot take any credit for those statements or imply those results.

We do like to hear those responses from our customers. 🙂

Emotional factors (observing a transformation of a trashed set into a spectacular stage-worthy work of art), pre-conceived ideas, and flat out “drum hype” add to the ideas/thoughts of many.  The fact of the matter is:  drum wrap does not effect the sound of the drums.

This article is continued in History of Drum Wrap Colors.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We welcome your interest in all our products and hope that you will call us for a free catalog and samples of our drum material.  Thank you for spending the time to read this article.

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