BIG BASS DRUM

Big Bass Drum

The back of this big drum is not wide open, but narrows to a smaller opening. The combination of the large drumhead, large chamber and somewhat constricted opening give this drum a profound subsonic presence, difficult to capture in a sound recording (that’s why I haven’t included an audio clip here). The player, being located near the cancellation point for waves coming from the front and back of the drumhead, doesn’t experience it so much, but anyone standing in the area toward which the back of the drum is directed feels it.

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