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Every musician has a tool bag packed with the essentials they need to keep their gear working perfectly. While guitarists pack things like a few extra picks and a trusty guitar tuner, drummers pack a few extra sticks and a special tuner of their own. Just like any other instrument, your drums won't stay in tune forever—especially if you're constantly beating on them. Here on Reverb, we've got the tools any drummer would need to have on hand at the gig.

Are All Drum Keys the Same?

Drum keys—as in multiple drum keys—should definitely be in the stick bags and on the keychains of every drummer on the planet. They can be as simple as a three-prong turner, a crank-based model, or an auto-tuning deluxe unit. Below, we've laid out a few of the types of drum keys you'll encounter to help you decide which tools you need for your kit.

  • Standard Drum Keys: Standard keys like the Gibraltar SC-4244 are the most tried and true in drum key construction and a must-have for any kit drummer.
  • High-Tension Drum Keys & Wrench Drum Keys: The Peal K-030 is a great example of a high-tension drum key (a.k.a. a "T-Key"), which is specifically useful for marching drummers but can also tune a regular kit drum with ease, as it provides more torque than a standard drum key design. Wrench drum keys are another great way for drummers to get the high-tension tune they're looking for while also doing double-duty as a tool for tightening and loosening locking bolts on your drum hardware (especially useful, again, for marching band drummers).
  • Advanced Drum Keys: Though the standard design is most tried-and-true, many manufacturers have innovated to include useful features like quick-release (objectively more quickly accessible than keychain counterparts), magnetic drum keys (also great for fast access), and high-torque drum keys (like those mentioned above) that can reduce the amount of effort you have to put into tuning your drums.

There are also drum-specific drum keys—like those used for world/latin instruments like the timpani and others—as well as do-it-all multitools and designs that'll suit specific players better than others. Be sure to check out some options above before deciding what's right for you.

Drum Tuners

Just like guitarists tuning their strings, it can be immensely helpful to have a dedicated drum tuner on hand to help make sure you're getting your drums to sound exactly how you'd like them. Here on Reverb, you can find electronic options from brands like Overtone Labs or dial options, like the Tama TW100 Tension Watch.

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