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Old 11-08-2012, 05:34 PM
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How does Shell depth change pitch?

I am scrapping together a few kits and plan to shorten the depth of a few shells to get different sounds from similar diameter drums. What can I expect the "shorter" toms to sound like compared to the regular depth toms? Will the pitch change, or will it only effect the sustain? I want to know what to expect, and if it is worth the effort to cut down the shells and re edge the bottom bearing before I invest too much time. Thoughts?
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:46 AM
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Re: How does Shell depth change pitch?

shell diameter is what determines the tuning range of a drum---any given diameter head can be tightened or loosened to change the pitch, shell depth won't change the maximum or minimum tension. surface area of the head is more relevant to tuning than the interior volume of the shell. no matter how much you change the depth on a 12" tom, it will never sound like a 10" tom.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:55 PM
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Re: How does Shell depth change pitch?

The pitch is generally "higher" with shallower drums. If your tuning is consistent you won't run into any fundamental problems with sounds no matter how deep or shallow the drum. "Standard sizes" over the years have changed so much that you can find a lot of options for all sizes. You are right though that a 10 and a 12 could never imitate each other too much.
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