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Caring For Your Drum

The following recommendations are ways that one can care for both painted and unpainted drums in order to increase longevity.

Drums will alter in tone as a result of fluctuating moisture and heat. Drums sound their finest within the same humidity and temperature range comfortable to most people. In cool wet climates, drums should not be stored or displayed near the floor or in trunks where they will draw moisture.

It is best not to hang a drum too high, for it may dry out, due to the lack of circulation that occurs closer to the ceiling. If the hide becomes white or cracked, which is unlikely to occur to in average temperate conditions, any animal fat or vegetable oil rubbed on the inside of the drum will ease the problem.

To avoid damage under conditions of extreme temperature and low humidity, moisture can be added to the air by using a humidifier or teapot.

In the event the drum loosens, place the drum flat above a heated element, approximately 10 inches above, until firmness occurs (approx. 5 to 10 minutes). Then wave the drum up and down in order for it cool.

A drum that is only slightly dull in tone may be warmed by gently rubbing the head in a circular motion from the center out with an open bare hand for a few minutes.

Drums may be sheltered from scratches and damage from the elements when travelling by using a drum bag, wrapping in a blanket or providing other padding.

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