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Jun 3, 2021 - 8:24:30 AM
308 posts since 4/26/2007
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I bit the bullet and purchased a digital version of the DrumDial® device, and I'm curious if anyone here uses one on the regular?

I usually keep my head tension set around 90 (maybe a hair more) according to a buddy who uses an analog drum dial (I've never owned a drum dial before) so naturally once it's calibrated I'd want to use mine to keep the head in that range.

Now, it seems like a dumb question, but is a "90" reading on an analog dial the equivalent to a "90" on a digital version?

Jun 3, 2021 - 8:53:18 AM
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Bart Veerman


4983 posts since 1/5/2005

I have no idea if it holds up for everybody but I compared my (10 year old) analogue one with my friend's then-new digital one last year and both did show the same number on both our banjos.

Jun 3, 2021 - 10:45:10 AM

13713 posts since 6/29/2005

I believe they may not all be exactly the same, at least I have heard others say that, but the differences are very slight and yours will not change from day to day, week to week, so you can get consistent readings from it every time you adjust the head tension.

Jun 3, 2021 - 11:47:03 AM

308 posts since 4/26/2007
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Bart, Ken -

I appreciate it! That eases my mind a bit.

Jun 6, 2021 - 11:35:42 AM

1779 posts since 9/10/2003

I obtained a digital drum dial a couple of years ago, I've always tap tuned all my heads the last 43 years but I use mine every once in a while just for fun to see how close I am in even tension after I put on a new head after it's had time to settle in. I suspect that theres not a dimes worth of difference between the two drum dial models.


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