Directions to Set Up a Black Pulse Drum

by Chris Brower
Correct setup will keep your Pulse drum set from falling over.

Correct setup will keep your Pulse drum set from falling over.

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Pulse is a manufacturer of drums that are typically cheaper than other brands, such as Tama, Pearl, Ludwig and Yamaha. This makes them good drum sets for beginners still learning the craft of drumming. As well, Pulse offers drums in black. Although the setup will vary slightly based on the drum set, there are general guidelines to follow when setting up a Pulse drum set.

Bass Drum

Step 1

Set up the bass drum so the drumhead with the Pulse logo on it is facing front.

Step 2

Extend the spurs of the bass drum--the metal rod on either side of the bass drum-- so they fully touch the ground. These hold up the bass drum and stop it from rolling over.

Step 3

Tighten the bolt that connects each spur to the bass drum. Make sure the bass drum is firmly in place.

Toms

Step 1

Attach the tom holders to the top of the bass drum. These should slide right into the metal clamp on top of the bass drum. Place the holders at the height you want. You can adjust this later. Tighten the bolts in the clamp on the bass drum for the tom holders.

Step 2

Slide the tom mount bracket--the metal piece on the side of the tom==onto the tom holder arm. Tighten this once you have it at an angle you like.

Step 3

Adjust the height of the tom holder if necessary. Make sure the tom is at a comfortable angle for you. As well, make sure all the bolts are tightened so the tom doesn't fall off. Repeat these steps for each tom-tom you have mounted on top of the bass drum.

Floor Tom

Step 1

Place the floor tom on its side. This will make it easier to adjust the legs.

Step 2

Extend each leg of the floor tom to about the same length, unless you want the floor tom slightly angled.

Step 3

Tighten each bolt once you're happy with the floor tom's height. Generally, drummers have the floor tom at about the same height as the snare drum.

Step 4

Position the floor tom upright.

Snare Drum

Step 1

Spread the legs of the snare drum stand. If you have the legs set too close together, it will make the stand shaky.

Step 2

Extend the vertical tube part of the stand so the drum will be at a height and position you can comfortably play. If the drum is too high, too low or at an awkward angle for you, it will be difficult to play. Also tighten the bolts on the vertical tube.

Step 3

Angle the basket part of the snare stand--the basket is the three arms that hold the snare drum-- so it's at an angle that is comfortable for you. As always, tighten the bolts.

Step 4

Place the snare drum into the snare basket. Make sure the drum is firmly attached to the stand. If necessary, adjust or tighten any bolts, as well as tightening the basket's hold on the snare drum--a circular piece at the bottom of the basket can be adjusted to tighten the basket's hold.

About the Author

Chris Brower is a writer with a B.A. in English. He also spent time studying journalism and utilizes both to deliver well-written content, paying close attention to audience, and knowing one word could determine whether a product is a success or a failure. He has experience writing articles, press releases, radio scripts, novels, short stories, poems and more.

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