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Drum builders and drum techs choose patented
Some of the
world’s leading drum builders and drum techs
have recently chosen to endorse TightScrew
tension rods. TightScrews are tension rods that
have been milled out 1mm and are then refilled
with a rubber nylon strip.
The patented nylon insert allows for precise
tuning, prevents de-tuning and helps to
consistently achieve and maintain a
studio-quality drum sound.
TightScrews are now standard on all Ahead
premium-grade snare drums, including the new XT
Rosewood, Cherry and Mahogany models.
TightScrews are also offered as a factory
installed option on custom-crafted drums from
other high-end drum companies such as Craviotto,
Joyful Noise, Truth, GMS and Savior.
The innovative tension rods are also used and
recommended by John Aldridge, Ross "The Drum
Doctor" Garfield, Lee Smith and Larry Crowe;
in-demand studio and touring drum techs that
have worked with a who’s who of top drummers
from Bryan Hitt (REO Speedwagon), Simon Phillips
(Toto), Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck) and Josh
Freese (A Perfect Circle) to Jim Keltner (studio
legend), Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney),
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Chad Smith (Red
Hot Chili Peppers).
TightScrews are available in a selection of
sizes to fit most standard drum sizes, types and
models and sold at online and local drumshops.
This weekend I recorded the often Musformation
referenced band The Walk Ons. Drummer Alex Still
had brought in his Pork Pie Vistalite remake
snare. I have owned one of these snares since
they first came out and quickly got a little
sick at the idea of having to deal with this
snare and its inability to stay in tune.
Despite it being
one of my favorite sounding snares of all time,
this drum goes out of tune quicker than any drum
I have ever used. No longer the case, since Alex
had fitted his snare with Tight Screws. These
tiny little miracles kept the snare in tune
better than any drum I have ever experienced.
They literally turned a drum I found unusable
into a rock solid piece of equipment. I am
totally blown away!
Have you ever noticed how the tension rods in
your snare's rimshot zone loosen more quickly
than other tension rods? The vibration and brief
changes in head tension that occur from heavy
hitting can conspire to detune a drum. It's a
common problem for strong-arm players, but even
those of you who don't hit that hard may have
the same trouble if you favor die-cast hoops,
tube lugs, or highly tensioned heads -- all of
which transfer more vibration. Now there may be
a solution to all your whacking woes --
TightScrews from Carl Scott Percussion.
At first glance, they appear to be
conventional, chromed-steel tension rods. On
closer examination, you'll notice that through
their threads is cut a narrow slot filled with a
hard nylon material. This material increases the
friction and surface area between the TightScrew
® and the receiving nut, thus preventing
detuning. Do the gizmos actually work?
Absolutely. I tried them under darn-near-abusive
hammering, and once my ears stopped ringing, I
didn't detect any tuning changes. Because I had
to eventually give the TightScrews back, though,
I wasn't able to check how many times you can
change your heads before the plastic insert
loses some of its effectiveness. But I have
Some drummers may use them only on snare
batters, but I think TightScrews could actually
help all over your kit. Ever have a tension rod
fall out from the bottom of a tom during a
particularly thrashing solo? Pick up a pack of
TightScrews and you never will. Unfortunately,
TightScrews aren't currently offered for Sonor
or DW drums, both of which use proprietary
tension-rod designs, but the good news (which we
learned at press time) is that Carl Scott
Percussion now offers longer versions that can
replace all the rods on your bass drum.
Did you ever find yourself "playing ping-pong"
in the middle of a rock gig? You know the
feeling. You're playing all-out, slamming into
the pocket with sledgehammer force. As the gig
progresses, your snare doesn't sound the same as
when you started. You tap the batter head near
the lugs and find that most of the tension
points sound like "ping," but when you tap the
spots where the rimshots land, you hear "pong."
If you've been taking notes during the past
few years, you know that this phenomenon is due
to heavy playing momentarily reducing the
pressure on those tension rods, allowing them to
loosen in response to shell vibration. Various
manufacturers have dealt with this problem over
the years, using such things as locking nuts
against the lugs or molded plastic heads that go
on the rods to keep them in place. These
solutions can take extra time and effort, and
can interfere with fine-tuning capabilities.
Carl Scott Percussion has come up with something
different that does the job without the
The TightScrew ® is a non-loosening tension
rod that is designed to stay right where you put
it. It features a small channel cut along the
length of the rod where the threads go into the
lug. The channel is filled with something that
looks like nylon, and the friction of this
substance against the threads inside the lug
casing keeps the rod in place. This technology
is used on Apache helicopters to prevent parts
from loosening under extreme vibration and
To test how well the TightScrew ® rods
worked, I replaced two rods on my snare and laid
into it. The TightScrew ® rods stayed right in
place, and I didn't have to do any retuning
during the test period. I appreciated having
infinite control over my tuning, without the
constraints of a device that uses a plastic edge
or ball-bearing click to hold the rod in place.
Carl Scott says that if you play at light to
moderate volumes, you only need to replace the
rods positioned immediately under your sticks.
For higher volume levels they suggest that you
replace all the rods on the rim. Once this is
done, you shouldn't need to do anything until
the head stretches. The rods come with a 30-day
money-back guarantee, which should be plenty of
time to determine if you'll have a problem. The
rods on my test snare remain where I first tuned
them, and I haven't had to touch them since.
TightScrew ® rods are available in three
lengths: 1 5/8" (42 mm), 2" (52 mm), and 2 1/2"
(65 mm). I think they're worth it; you can get
tight and stay loose at the same time.
"To Whom It may Concern,
I have been playing drums for over 40 years and
I've never appreciated a product as much as
yours. I play all styles of music and consider
myself a heavy hitter, so de-tuning was always a
problem for me. Now, my snare drum de-tuning
problems are a thing of the past... I currently
use a Pearl Steve Ferrone 6 1/2x14 snare and use
TightScrews on both the batter and resonant
head. I played a gig last Saturday night with my
band Mirage and not once did I have to adjust my
snare. It was an enjoyable experience not having
to constantly re-tune after every set.
This is a product I would recommend to all
Thanks again, "
"The TightScrew ® tension rod has been a
welcomed treat for me. For years I would always
have my tension rods coming loose where I played
rim shots. Each set I would have to tighten the
bottom and top tension rods so my snare drum was
back in tune. But now I play a complete show
with never tightening any tension rods on my
snare ... A truly remarkable design, simple and
clean. Nothing to clamp to the tension rod, just
the simple look of an ordinary tension rod that
won't back out.
"I've enjoyed the peace of mind and confidence
that Tight Screw allows for the last 2 years.
Amazing! I wish I had these 30 years ago. Thank
"It seems that today, more and more drum
products are coming out. Some work, some do not.
TightScrew ® works! TightScrew ® is one of the
best new products to come out in a long time and
I fully back them 110 %. Thank you to everyone
at TightScrew ® for making a high quality drum
"I came to the conclusion that no matter how
much money you spend on a drum kit, you are most
likely to have tension rods that back off. Drum
dials may set an initial precise tuning, but if
a single tension rod backs off, your fine tuning
is lost. I paid thousands for a high end kit,
and it was common for tension rods to back off
and land on the floor. TightScrews ® eliminated
all of my tuning headaches. I can tune up tight
to hip-hop tensions and TightScrews ® stay put.
I can back off the tension to "just above a
wrinkle" a setting where standard tension rods
would have very little grip. Tightscrew ® tuning
stays won't back off, even with loose tuning.
The batter head isn't the only critical thing.
Ever have a snare or tom that's fussy to tune?
The resonant head needs to have even tension to
do its job. TightScrews ® guaranteed that my
drums sounds the same all the time until I
change the tension. This product is a godsend
for recording - a true "set it and forget it"
tuning device. All drums should come with
TightScrews ® ...period. I'd pay a few extra
dollars to have piece of mind that the sound I
work to achieve stays that way."
"I can honestly say that I've tried every remedy
on the market to eliminate detuning on my
drums.....TightScrew ® is the ONLY ONE that
works cleanly & effectively! No more panic
tuning in between songs! I can bash the hell out
of my drums,safe in the knowledge that I'll not
be picking up rods from the floor at the end of
the gig! A BRILLIANT addition to any kit!!!!"