Even the best drum won’t sound good with the wrong drumheads and the wrong tuning. And THAT is the crux of the matter, THAT is what the Drumchecker is going to do!
There are many details that alter the sound: drumshell types and sizes, drumhead types and manufacturers, hoops, bearing edge, tuning, damping etc. In most cases you’ll disregard that due to the pricing and that’s understandable, but with the choice of the drumheads and tuning you’ll get far without spending too much money! That is why I turn my attention to that when checking. I try drumheads and tuning until we got the optimal sound for the particular drum and your taste.
Of course a beech or cottonwood drumshell won’t sound like maple. But even with those sleazy buckets a usable sound is possible, when the manufacture is okay. When the bearing edge is uneven or the drum isn’t quite round (that happens even with expensive shells!), then of course we can’t get a good sound!
I offer my services in different packages for you:
Check a single drum (max. 1h): € 60.-
First rating of a set (max. 1h): € 60.-
Drumset checking standard (BD, Sd, 3 Toms, max. 4h): € 215.-
Drumset checking intensive (max. 6h): € 315.-
Drumset checking professional (max. 8h): € 390.-
Discount when buying a new set via me: 20 %
For the small wallet, only tune a set: € 60.-
(all drumheads are already on, max. 1h)
Discount for students: 15 %
All prices incl. 19 % VAT., plus material costs (i.e. drumheads) and drive (€ 0,60 per kilometre as in google maps). I suggest bringing the drum to the studio, because the optimal acoustics can help to properly rate the sound. Also you can hear other sets in comparison here.
In my recording studio I offer recordings in high-end-quality, using the best microphones, preamps and converters (up to 96 kHz, 24 bit). In addition I have quite a few optimized drumsets, snares, cymbals etc. ready. There is something for every taste and of course you can bring your own instrument, which I will check thoroughly for you (included in the day rate). Approximately one day should be calculated for sound check (first the drums, then the miking etc.) and after that you’re ready to go and record. The studio (incl. checking, excl. material) costs € 400.- after-tax per day (8 hours) plus 7 % oder 19 % VAT (depending on the work).
Christian Vaida – the DrumChecker!
As an audio engineer and musician I have occupied myself with drumsound for more than 20 years. In my recording studio I have done many drum recordings, read books about tuning, combed through bulletin boards, tested lots of tips, watched videos and practiced tuning for days. However, the drums never sounded like I wanted them to. There is definitely no other musical instrument that is as difficult to tune as the drum. Drumshell, batter head and resonance head are such a complex and chaotic system that you can never fully predict how it’s going to sound. Almost every drummer I know felt the way I did – and I know a lot of them!
But after an intensive training course with Germanys best-known drum tech Udo Masshoff (i.e. Die Ärzte, Nena, Reamonn, Bela B., Lionel Richie, …) this changed completely. Ever since I’ve been able to make loads of sets sound great, no matter if old or new, expensive or cheap. And because it’s so much fun, I’m looking forward to do YOUR drumsound as well!
Write to the checker! I’m looking forward to your questions, wishes, ideas and suggestions.
My direct contact: info(at)cvmusic.de, Tel.: +49-7321-720242