It is unimaginable to have a studio recording or a live performance without percussion instruments. In most cases, it is the drum. Drumming, which dates from thousands of years ago, is the first music form in the history of mankind. Many of the earlier drum sets of the 20th century were varnished, stained, or painted, but due to technological advancements, plastics came into play by the 1950s. The production of plastic drum wrap gained momentum in the ’60s showing up in many of the manufactured drum sets. The drum wrap or drum covering material is a special plastic developed for drums and became more popular than wood finished or painted drums. Nowadays, only the high-end drum sets use the painted or wood finishes.
Reasons for the Popularity in Drum Covering Material
Drum wraps, which are the most popular by far, are preferred mainly because they are cost-effective. Professional wood or paint finishing of drums requires more money for equipment and labor. This is the main reason why a wood drum wrap has become more popular with time. On the other hand, many have tried to do it themselves using varnishes and paint with very poor outcomes, a reason why drum wraps are preferred.
Another reason for people choosing to use drum wraps is the different colors, effects, and designs available instead of the usual wood finish appearance. These coverings can be replaced easily and protect the wood shells better.
Drum wrap colors make matching the sets easier when fixing damaged drums or adding on the existing drum set. Additionally, most wrap finishes exhibit less scratching than the typical drum finishes.
Does The Drum Wrap Material Affect The Sound?
It is an established fact that the drum wrap material does not affect the sound produced by the drum. One might detect a sound difference if the drum shell is close to 1/8″ thick from the wood with a drum wrap. However, most shells are around 1/4″ – 3/8″ thick. They will not produce any sound difference when the drum wrap is installed.
The following factors lead to a detectable sound difference in the drum:
1. The type and size of the drum head
2. The shell size or volume of the air chamber
3. The manner of installation that is tightness or dampness characteristics
Many people love the wood finished look, and if given an option, they would accept a wood finished set, but it is not worth the expense considering there are some spectacular drum finishes obtainable at a lower price. Most people are looking for a finish they like and one that others will admire, especially from afar. This is not something that frequently happens for wood finished drum sets since one needs to be close to note the uniqueness of the wood finish. Only keen individuals will take notice of this. These are the main reasons why the drum wrap has remained popular for decades since the early to mid-1960s.
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