Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common Welch Tuning System and WTS Artistry Series questions.

Please reach out to us with any questions or comments.  We'd love to discuss our drums, the drum tuning system, the company, and our plans moving forward.  We look forward to hearing from you!


What is WTS?

Every WTS Artistry Series drum features the revolutionary Welch Tuning System™ (WTS).

A system of pulleys and cable bring both heads into tune with the turn of a single handle. No more tension rods. No more drum key!


I am a professional drummer. How can the WTS Artistry Series drums help me?

You already know that tuning the drums of the WTS Artistry Series is very simple and quick. Beyond that, our drums open up a multitude of musical possibilities for you!

Now you can tune to any room or stage in seconds, no matter what the space is like or what temperature changes your drums have experienced. Similarly, you're no longer stuck with one tuning for a whole show; you can change tuning mid-performance or mid-studio session. You can even tune your drums to the key of a song!

Watch Vicky O'Neon tune drums mid-performance with WTS at NAMM 2019:


How can I tune my WTS Artistry Series drums with the Welch Tuning System?

Turn the handle of the WTS tensioner on the side of the drum (the worm gear) to lower or raise the pitch of your drum. The drum will retain that pitch until you turn the tensioner again.

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