Q: Even though I’m not a drummer, I have a drum kit that is available for use to my studio customers during sessions. How often should I replace the heads?
A: It’s impossible to give an exact answer (“after XXX number of hits…”) However, signs that it is time for new drumheads include:
- The coating is worn off a coated head.
- The head is severely dented.
- The head is “dished” into the drum, rather than being flat. This indicates the head has stretched.
- The head can’t be tuned to the pitch you want. This indicates the head has lost elasticity.
- You hear buzzing or distortion from the head. This means the head has stretched and is no longer in complete contact with the shell.