Split Resonant Head--What effect on sound of Tom Tom?

by Tyler
(Lafayette, Indiana)

My Tom Tom is split and i was wondering if this effects the playability of it its split on the bottom skin.


Hi, Tyler--

The answer is a definite YES. The bottom head is called the resonant head. It is extremely important in that it determines the pitch, duration & movement or pitch bend of the sound.

The function of the resonant head is to react to the moving air column that’s set into motion when the batter head is struck.

If the head is not intact, there will be a MAJOR effect on the sound of the tom.


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