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Feb 26, 2021 - 7:39:21 PM
4893 posts since 1/5/2005

I'm assembling a Terry Bell kit for someone and I'd appreciate your wisdom on what tension I should crank the pre-mounted hide head up to? It has a 13-inch pot, only 6 tension hooks, and a real thin tension hoop.

Oh, please don't say "until it sounds nice" as I'm, well, uhhh, not at all a fan of the sound/tone of this type of instrument so it'll never "sounds nice to me..." cheeky A Drum Dial number, or range of numbers, would be hugely helpful.

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 02/27/2021 04:30:47

Feb 27, 2021 - 6:44:58 AM

17 posts since 3/3/2004

It is tricky to get good head tension on a Boucher rim with only 6 hooks. I have found that the hooks and wingnut threads tend to strip when turning under pressure/stress. I have included an image showing a clamping technique for relieving the pressure so the nuts can be easily tightened without stripping the threads.


Feb 27, 2021 - 8:51:39 AM

Bart Veerman


4893 posts since 1/5/2005

It was kinda snug all right but it seated fine although I came close to your clamping method.

In your picture I can see your drum dial, so what's the tension?

Feb 27, 2021 - 1:05:45 PM

17 posts since 3/3/2004

Did not check. Just tried to get it as tight as I could.

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