Updated: Aug 20, 2020
Are you new to our drums? Have you been debating whether to order your own? Are you curious about certain features of our products? No matter your background or goals, you may have some of the same questions drummers and music industry professionals have been asking us for the last few years.
How can I buy the WTS Artistry Series shell packs and snares?
How easy is it to change drum heads?
How strong is the cable?
I'm a professional drummer - how can the WTS Artistry Series drums benefit me?
What if I want to tune the top head differently than the bottom head?
Why do the WTS Artistry Series drums sound so good?
Why would I want both heads to be at the same 'tension'?
1) How can I buy the WTS Artistry Series shell packs and snares?
Find an authorized dealer on our website here!
We do not sell direct, but we do work with retailers throughout the world. No dealer in your area? Tell your local shop you want them to carry WTS drums! We're happy to work with them.
Are you a retailer? Apply to become an authorized dealer today!
If you are a drum manufacturer interested in integrating the Welch Tuning System into your product line, please contact us directly: email@example.com.
The Welch Tuning System is not currently available for individual sale or retrofits.
2) How easy is it to change drum heads?
Very easy and quick! The whole process is a cross between changing a guitar string and replacing a shoelace.
Release both heads and hoops by simply unwinding the tensioner and unstringing the cable from the pulleys. After replacing your heads, thread the cable through the pulleys and re-attach the cable to the tensioner (the worm gear).
See the full instructional video here!
3) How strong is the cable?
Our system uses high tensile strength braided stainless steel cable.
Normal drum tension will range from 10-30% of the rated tensile strength of the cable. The drum will choke up, the hoops will deform, and the tensioner will become immobile long before the tension of the cable reaches its maximum allowance.
Over-tensioning could cause damage to your hoops or heads, so be kind to your drums and tune just like you would with any other stringed instrument!
4) I'm a professional drummer - how can the WTS Artistry Series drums benefit me?
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! Learn more here.
5) What if I want to tune the top head differently than the bottom head?
A difference in fundamental tone can be achieved by using a thicker or thinner combination of heads.
Under the same tension (as achieved with the WTS Artistry Series drums featuring the Welch Tuning System (WTS)), a thinner head will give you a higher note than a thicker head. The even tension from WTS will provide a consistent, clear note at any pitch. When you find the combination of heads that produce your desired sound, your drums will always maintain this relationship of tone.
6) Why do the WTS Artistry Series drums sound so good?
The Welch Tuning System (WTS) evenly tensions all points around both drum heads by utilizing self-adjusting pulley assemblies which allow the tension to equalize.
Also, new shells with WTS are not choked up with excessive hardware bolted to the shell; with WTS pulleys attached to the hoops and only 4 holes drilled into each shell for the tensioner (the worm gear), the drums are able to freely resonate.
Learn more here!
7) Why would I want both heads to be at the same 'tension'?
Tensioning both heads at the same time allows the drum to be tuned as a whole, providing a clean and clear note at any tension.
As stated in Prof. Sound’s Drum Tuning Bible: "To create an ‘open, resonant’ sound, both heads should be of equal pitch….you'll reach a point where the drum evens out, the Doppler is gone and the drum becomes open and even in sound. This is the point where both heads are or are close to being identical in pitch.”
(Alternatively, to create an open and resonant sound, both heads should have the same amount of tension. This allows the batter head, resonate head, and shell to all vibrate at the same frequency, resulting in a true resonance of the drum as a whole.)
Hear how great these drums sound here!