When getting ready to replace the head of their drum, many drum owners wonder how to determine drum head size. This is a great question and while you may feel silly asking it, many people do not know how to determine drum head size the first time they need to purchase a new head. There are a number of reasons that a drum head may need to be replaced. The most common reason is simple wear and tear. The following guide will help you choose the correct drum head size for your drum.
To determine drum head size, you will need:
- A measuring tape
- Your drum
- A local music shop or online music supply dealer
- When purchasing a new drum head, determining the size is important, but you will also need to determine the material that your drum head is made from. The material type is frequently printed on the surface of the drum. If not, you can make a mental note of the material type or bring it with you to your local music shop.
- Next, you will need to get out your measuring tape and measure the diameter of the drum. This means you need to stretch the tape measure straight across the surface of the drum at the widest point.
- Write down the distance across your drum in inches. This is your drum head size.
Take your drum head size to your local music shop or an online dealer and purchase a new drum head.
Finally, you're ready to keep rocking our on your drum!