Tension Rod Slip
Do you have problems with your tension rods detuning themselves as you play a gig? I know that I dealt with this for a very long time myself. I would sometimes find myself trying to tune my snare drum back up after a couple of songs because usually the lug nearest to where I hit my rim shots ends up detuning and dropping the drum’s overall pitch.
This just made me frustrated…until I found out about Loctite Thread Locker Blue.
Drum De-Tuning Solutions
Loctite has been great for me for the last couple of years that I’ve used it on my kits. I apply just a small amount to each tension rod on all of my drums. You have to be careful because this stuff can get messy.
I have also started to put it on all of my hardware screws and lugs screws that attach the hardware and lugs to the shell. One mistake you definitely don’t want to make though is getting the permanent Loctite thread locker. There are multiple versions of thread locker, be sure to get THREAD LOCKER BLUE REMOVABLE.
There are also some other options to help keep your drums in tune that won’t be as messy as this solution.
This is another solution. They have a milled channel with a nylon insert that stops drum detuning and is 100% guaranteed to work.
There is also a product called Lug Lock that is extremely simple, but very effective. I first saw this product at a music festival I was playing at where the drummer for Switchfoot had these on his snare drum. This plastic square cap is simply pressed on to of the tension rod and holds the rod in place. I haven’t actually used these, but they seem like something I could see myself using in the future.
When it comes down to keeping your drums from detuning, all of these methods are great, and it’s up to you to decide which one is best for your drumming needs.
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