Common Drum Ailments


SNARE DRUMS
Symptom: The Snare Drum has too much ring. Cures:
Tune the heads lower.
Use a heavier head (i.e. Coated CS with Dot on Bottom or Coated )
Use a full or partial muffling ring.
Have the edges checked and/or re cut to a flatter angle.

Symptom: The Snare Drum doesn’t have enough ring.
Cures: 
Tune the head higher.
Use a thinner head.
Have the edges checked and/or re-cut to a sharper angle.

Symptom: The Snares buzz when the Tom-toms are hit.
Cures:
Check that the snares are straight. Replace as needed. 
Check that the snares are flat and centered on the drum.
Loosen the bottom head.
Re-tune the offending toms. 

TOM-TOMS
Symptom: One or more of the Toms are difficult to tune, don’t blend or have an unwanted "growl."
Cures:
Check the top heads for dents and replace as necessary.
Check the evenness of tension all around on the top and bottom heads. Tighten the bottom head.
Have the bearing edges checked and re-cut as required.

Symptom: The Floor Tom has an undesirable "basketball-type" after-ring.
Cures:
Loosen the bottom head.
Check the top heads for dents and replace as necessary.
Loosen the top head.
Switch to a different type or weight top or bottom head
Have the bearing edges re-cut to emphasise the lower partials.