questionsa quick and random question about drums


Batter heads are what you hit. You should have one batter head and one resonant head per drum. Batter head on top, resonant on bottom.

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I've never played a drum with batter heads on both ends, so I don't know what it would do to the sound. I think it would muffle it, since batter heads are thicker.


@rprebel: Right, I know that. But for whatever reason, my toms have batter heads on both the top and bottom. I'm trying to figure out if I absolutely need to replace the bottom heads with resonant, or if I'm okay having a batter there.

The set was obviously bought used, but if it's not going to make a big difference having a batter on each end, I'll just wait til I wear out the heads.


@thedogma: If it sounds good, then that's all that matters. Found this. In short, you're fine.


@rprebel: Awesome, thank you!

I'll probably just put it off til one or both sides wear out.

It's odd, it's on all three toms. Might have been a factory choice/ blip? Shall have to investigate further, but I'm glad it doesn't make all that much of a difference


No problemo. Also, I just remembered a drum that a) has batters on both sides and b) I've played before. Bass drum in a marching band. So, it isn't unheard of to use batters on both ends. Knock yourself out.