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    Default New Masters Maple Reserve Problem

    Hey PDF, long time no talk!

    GREAT NEWS: I ordered an MRV set back in February (22x16"; 12x8"; 16x16") and finally picked it up from the shop I ordered through last week!

    BAD NEWS: My 16x16" floor tom is rattling and I cannot figure out why. As a note the drums come stocked with Remo Ambassadors. I have taken both heads off and made sure that the screws holding in the lug housings and floor tom leg mounts were not loose or over tight; When I took both heads off I made sure the bearing edges were clean; I changed the batter head in case the head was defective. I made sure the none of the tension rods were loose after tuning. I even took the drum to different rooms to ensure that it wasn't something in the room that was rattlings due to the resonance.

    I am at a loss for what to do next. I feel like I have done all of the steps necessary to rule out obvious issues. Maybe I could swap out the stock resonant head? If that still doesn't work does that mean it is a problem with the shell itself? And if it is a problem with the shell itself can I get it replaced? These drums are new and not cheap and they should not be rattling.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Did you hit the drum shell with your hand while all the heads/rims/tension rods were off? I had this issue when I got my MMX kit used 3 years ago. It turned out to be the air hole grommet. I tightened it and it's been fine ever since!
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    I did, and I still heard the rattle that way. I even remembered to check the badge but I didn't check the air hole grommet! I will definitely give that a shot!

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    It's likely the press-fit air vent. If you watch my video, I explain how to gently tighten them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    It's likely the press-fit air vent. If you watch my video, I explain how to gently tighten them.

    I have watched this Video- This is likely the cause these drums are very thin and that vent is a common problem that is not as common on the thicker MRX, MCX, and Retro shells , Good Luck Let everyone know you got it fixed ... I have been trying to Trade my DW collectors for one of these new Master Maple Reserve's or I am going to Add some other toms to my MMX kit Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    It's likely the press-fit air vent. If you watch my video, I explain how to gently tighten them.

    That was a great video thank you! I may give it a try BUT last night I decided to say screw it and replace the resonant head and the rattle seems to have gone away. Just a reminder that a stock head is still a stock head even if its a Remo. I'm going to play some more today to make sure it hasn't resurfaced and if it does I will definitely give this a shot to gently tighten the gasket.

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