Parts of a Drum

Wing nut

A wing-shaped nut that is used at the top of cymbal stands to secure the cymbals. It is also used to secure drums on their mounting...

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Snares

The long, spiral-shaped wires that are stretched across the bottom of a snare drum. These wires create a preferred buzz sound by vibrating against the drum head when it is...

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Skin

The head of the drum. This can be a thin piece of animal hide used on african drums, or a synthetic polymer head traditionally used on snare drums, bass drums, and tom...

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Rim

The metal hoop that keeps the drumhead in place. It fastens down onto the drumhead by screws (or tension rods) that go through holes in the rim. A rim must be checked occasionally for proper...

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Rack

A metal assembly that surrounds the drum set and holds the top parts of cymbal stands as well as multiple tom toms. Its purpose is to save room underneath where multiple drum stands can often crowd the drum...

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Lugs

The tension rods (or screws) that hold the hoop and drumhead onto the...

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Hoop

The round metal or wooden disc that holds the drumhead onto the drum. Lug casings are then fastened to hold the hoop in place. Drum hoops are made of metal or...

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Drum Key

A small “T” shaped wrench, usually metal, that is used to tighten or loosen the...

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Drumhead

The covering or membrane, made of animal skin or synthetic plastics, that stretches over the drum. The batter head is located on top of the drum and is struck to produce sound. The resonant head is located on...

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