Care of New Drums
This page will help you to give your drums a good start, keep them in tip-top working condition and prolong their working life.
The first thing to do with drums is take time
to make sure that all threads on tension rods or other nuts and bolts are
lubricated. Use a proprietary brand such as LP Lug Lube™
as this is designed to cope with high pressure and repeated use.
Petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline ™ is another readily
available option. Many of the kits manufactured today are
already pre-lubricated, BUT ALWAYS CHECK. Please BE AWARE that
some manufacturers use brass inserts in their nut boxes, which
are 'self-lubricating' and therefore, do not require additional
Make sure that all tension bolts, nuts and washers are present and work properly. Be careful to check for cross-threading which will make adjustment a nightmare, and will only get worse with time.
Ensure that all items of hardware attached to the shell e.g., nut boxes, are secure.
Once the drum heads have been removed check the bearing edges for cracks in the shell, and for bearing edge deformities. Gently rub a bit of candle wax around the bearing edges to help smooth movement of the skin over the edge.However, always ensure that all lumps of wax are removed before re-fitting the head.
Check the drum heads for signs of damage e.g., warped or bent rims or splits in the head.
On snare drums always check that the snare-strainer throw-off mechanism is lubricated and works smoothly. Also check the snares themselves for damage or bending.
Check the exterior finish for deep scratches, evidence of cracks or other damage.
Always refer back to your point of purchase to follow-up queries or problems.
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