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  • Do Wraps effect Sound?

    Does a decorative wrap change the sound of a drum tremendously? And in what way?

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    Tremendously?

    Not according to any usage of that word I'm familiar with.
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    • #3
      In a word ...no
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      • #4
        Slightly? Do they get thinner? Opposite, boomier?

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        • #5
          You will not hear any noticeable difference in tone or volume.
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          • #6
            Assuming the wrap has been put on correctly - good and tight - it won't make a difference.

            But if those decorations on that "decorative" wrap include jingles or bells or whatever, that'll change the sound a little.
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            • #7
              I don't see how wrapping the wood of a shell wouldn't make a difference. But how much is another question all together. I would suspect it affects resonance to some degree.

              How much I have no idea. Probably not much.

              Still...I would probably always choose to buy lacquered shells over wrapped ones.

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              • #8
                Ok. I'm satisfied. Thanks everyone. Have a certain finish in mind and I've only seen it in a wrap.

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                • #9
                  What finish?
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                  • #10
                    No difference I can tell. I will say though I have seen some bad wraps where the glue and the wrap separate and that might effect it a tiny bit, but for the most part, I'd say no change in sound...
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                    • #11
                      If you where a spectrum analyzer, yes it does make a difference.... but we have ears, so not so much.

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                      • #12
                        No more than tuning and head choice.
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                        • #13
                          I had two dw 10" toms (both 8" deep). One wrapped, one satin oil (no finish on it at all, except stain and oil). The satin oil tom resonated at least TWICE as long as the wrapped one. Of course, that's a subjective measurement, but they were two identical dw toms, two years apart in manufacture, and the difference was astounding. Wrap definately deadens the shell.... at least in my experience.


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                          • #14
                            I had two dw 10" toms (both 8" deep). One wrapped, one satin oil (no finish on it at all, except stain and oil). The satin oil tom resonated at least TWICE as long as the wrapped one. Of course, that's a subjective measurement, but they were two identical dw toms, two years apart in manufacture, and the difference was astounding. Wrap definately deadens the shell.... at least in my experience.


                            I am inclined to agree with you...as I mentioned in my post. To think that encasing a piece of wood that is meant to resonate, in a layer of whatever...thin metal..plastic, etc is NOT going to have a negative effect is kind of naive. I mean it's physics, and it's most certainly NOT subjective. If one tom resonates longer than another then that is objective.

                            BUT...having said that....your experience is still somewhat inconclusive simply because they are two different shells.

                            The only way to properly find the answer is to do a controlled experiment using the same shell. And then verifying it with other shells to see if it's consistently reproducible.

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                            • #15
                              I had two dw 10" toms (both 8" deep). One wrapped, one satin oil (no finish on it at all, except stain and oil). The satin oil tom resonated at least TWICE as long as the wrapped one. Of course, that's a subjective measurement, but they were two identical dw toms, two years apart in manufacture, and the difference was astounding. Wrap definately deadens the shell.... at least in my experience.


                              In your experience playing them side by side with no other sounds/noise involved, I'm certain that's the case.

                              Put those drums on a kit with other shells, cymbals, etc., and play them with other instruments in a band setting I'm as near convinced as possible that nobody could tell the difference.

                              Also, a satin oil finish is really the extreme end of things. You'd have noticed less difference if it had been a lacquer finish vs wrap.
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