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Troubleshooting your snare?

Questions about tuning? Changing drum heads? Replacing cable? Troubleshooting issues?

We've probably got a video for that.


What is dialtune? And what is a cable tuning snare drum?

Dialtune is a cable tuning system for drums. Using separate
dials for the top and bottom heads you can find the exact sound you're
looking for faster, change drumheads in under a minute, and explore new
creative possibilities without compromise.

Cable tuning is not new, but dialtune has improved upon it! With
dialtune's patented system, this is the only cable tuning drum that can
independently tune the top and bottom heads using separate dials on
either side of the drum. Additionally, changing drumheads doesn't
require removing the cable. Our quick release hoops make changing a
drumhead simple and easy.

Does dialtune tune the top and bottom heads independently? 

Yes, you can control the tuning of the top and bottom heads independently using separate dials on either side of the drum. Check out our videos online for more information. 

How do I change the cable on a dialtune snare?

Changing a cable is a simple process and should be part of the regular maintenance you perform on your Dialtune snare drum. Dialtune's cable system uses high-tech synthetic fiber cable rated at over 500-lbs. Each length comes pre-stretched and carries zero memory, meaning it can be coiled and uncoiled easily without retaining any shape or structure. The cable is designed for smart failure, where it frays rather than snaps to prevent any damage to you or your drum. Most often, cable wears fastest near the dial as it is wound upon itself when tuning the drum up and down. If you tune your drum to a setting and leave it, the cable should hold for months if not years without needing to be replaced. The more you tune, the more frequently you'll want to check - and if need be - change your cable.

We've put together a video to walk you step by step through the process of changing a cable for either the top or bottom drum heads.

If you'd prefer to read, follow these instructions:

To change a cable, first follow the directions to remove your drum head.

Then, using a 2.5mm hex/allen wrench (Note* Maker Series uses 2mm), loosen the set screw in the hole to the right of the Dialtune logo on the dial. Be sure to remove both dials (even if you're only replacing one cable). DO NOT remove the set screw, just loosen enough so you can pull the dial out and off. With the dial removed, unwind the gear with your finger until you can easily remove the cable from the pulleys around the system.

With the cable removed, start by threading the new cable on the right side of the dial into the hole closest to the center of the dial. Push the cable through until you can pull it from the other side. Then bend it in a U-shape to push it back through the adjacent hole until it just sticks out. This will help lock the cable in place as you turn the dial.

Now you can begin to thread the cable through the pulleys around the drum. It's important to keep a little tension on the cable at all times to keep it from slipping off the previous pulley. Make sure the cable seats cleanly, all the way into the channel of the pulley housing. Use the hex/allen wrench to help guide the cable in if you're having issues with your fingers. Repeat this process all the way around the drum until you get to the lug just before dial housing you started with.

Here, skip the final two pulleys and go straight to the spool and affix the rubber coated ends of the cable in the same way you did at the beginning. Then loop the cable around final two pulleys, compressing the springs on the inner hoop if needed.

Replace the dials, then replace the drum head, and dial it back to tension.

How often should I perform maintenance on my dialtune snare?

Your dialtune snare is meant to be played! It's a rugged, highly engineered piece of equipment designed to hold up to whatever you throw at it. That said, like any instrument, taking the time to inspect and knowing what to look for will help ensure your dialtune snare plays true for years to come!

Check out our 1-minute maintenance check video for details.

Can I put Dialtune's cable system on my current snare drum?

Not yet. Because of the wide variety of snare drums on the market, each
drum has a unique lug pattern that makes it difficult to apply dialtune's cable tuning system. To ensure the technology works, we are starting by making dialtune as a complete snare drum so we can have more control over the quality! We hope to tackle an aftermarket version in the future. 

Will dialtune explode if I drop it? Is it built to last?

We built dialtune to perform no matter what you throw at it. To prove this, we threw a drum off our 30ft roof to demonstrate dialtune's durability.

Watch the video here.

Shipping questions

Do you ship internationally? 

We currently ship to all of North America. Our partner in the United Kingdom Rubix Drums is the best place to buy dialtune if you live in Europe. We will have more to share on international shipping soon!

What is your shipping policy?

With drums in stock, most orders will ship within 3-5 business days. Estimated shipping time is subject to availability, and Dialtune does not represent or warrant that it will be able to ship the Product by the estimated date. Please contact us with any questions before ordering.

Got questions? Concerns?

At Dialtune we take our customer service seriously. Easiest thing to do is shoot us an email. Our customer service department is available Monday through Friday 8am-5pm (Pacific Time).  If we do not answer right away, we are probably in the shop covered in sawdust.  Hang tight and we will respond to your email within one business day!   

For general questions about maintenance, trouble shooting, or getting the best sound out of your dialtune® snare drum, please visit our Getting Started page.

Returns questions

What is your return policy?

If you don’t absolutely love your Dialtune product, we will offer a full refund if returned within the first 10 days, no questions asked.

All Open Box snare sales are FINAL and are not eligible for return. Limited warranty and repairs still apply, see below for details. 

You will be responsible for shipping costs associated with returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund,
the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund. 

What is the return process?

To be eligible for a return, you must have purchased the product from dialtune or our authorized reseller and you must provide all proof of purchase and original packing for the product.  To return any product, must contact us at within the first 10 days after the purchase date and receive an RMA number, return instructions and a return address. You must comply with all return instructions. The drum must be undamaged, unmodified, and in the original packaging. You are solely responsible for all losses and damage occurring during transit. You should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. 

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your return.  An example of a rejection would include items that are clearly vandalized or damaged by abuse or neglect or modified in any way. 

If your return is approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a reasonable amount of time. Rejected returns will be shipped to sender with an invoice for the shipping costs and we reserve the right to charge your credit card for such shipping costs. 

Limited Warranty and Repairs

At dialtune, we believe in our products and stand behind our workmanship. The Dialtune Proprietary Hardware is warrantied to be free of defects in materials or workmanship for the life of the product, with the exception of the Dialtune counter hoops. Drum Shells and Dialtune outer hoops are warrantied to be free of defects for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. This warranty is limited to defects that negatively affected the intended use and operations of the product. Drum shells and replacement outer hoops are available for purchase after the one (1) year warranty ends.  

“Drum Shells” refer to the cylindrical body of the instrument and related components such as reinforcement rings, bearing edges, and finish (lacquers, stains, wraps, inlays, veneer and any combination of the aforementioned types).  

"Dialtune outer hoops" refer to the rim or outer hoop of the drum that unlocks from the support hoop and shoulder bolts of the Dialtune cable tuning system.

“Dialtune Proprietary Hardware” refers to any and all plated metal components consisting of, but not limited to pulley holders, hoop clips, support rims, counter hoops, dial components, gears and gearboxes. 

This warranty is non-transferable and is limited to those who purchased the product from dialtune or from a dialtune authorized resellers, and only while the product is owned by the original owner.  Proof of purchase and original ownership is required for any warranty claims. Owners of dialtune products that are not covered by this warranty may obtain service on their drums but shall be liable for all costs for parts and labor, applicable taxes and incidentals, as well as all shipping and related costs.  

If defects in materials or workmanship are discovered within the warranty period that negatively affects the intended use and operation of the product, we will repair and or replace the defective piece of hardware and will restore the product to its original intended condition or refund the original purchase price.  

If the defective component is easily replaced by the user, we will ship the replacement component to the customer along with step-by-step instructions. If the defective component cannot be replaced by the customer, we will repair or replace defective components free of material and labor cost with comparable or functionally equivalent parts to the original purchaser upon return of the product to our shop. Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your product to reach you, may vary. 

All warranty claims and repair evaluations are to be directed to us directly at ( All claims or repairs must first be submitted to customer service, and we will issue to you an RMA number, return instructions and a return address. You must comply with all return instructions. We are not responsible for and may reject any products or materials shipped to us which are not accompanied by a RMA number or returns where you have failed to comply with the return instructions. All return shipments must be properly packaged to protect against damage during shipping. We recommend using the original packaging to protect the product. You are solely responsible for all losses and damage occurring during transit. You should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance.  

You are responsible for paying all shipping costs as well as any shipping insurance, taxes, customs fees, and any other incidental costs and fees related to shipping the drum to us. We do not warrant that we will be able to repair or replace any drum under this warranty without risk or damage to any aftermarket parts or other modifications made to the drum.  

Any shipping damage experienced upon initial receipt after purchase must be reported to dialtune within 10 days of delivery. Original packaging must be kept as evidence.  

Warranty Exclusions

The limited warranty provided above does not cover any of the following:  

  • All normal wear and tear;
  • Superficial, or aesthetic defects that do not affect the use and operation of the product;  
  • Drumheads, snare wire, cables (rope) for the tuning system, and other consumable components;  
  • Any modifications or alterations made to original factory parts, shells, or finishes;
  • Damage caused by neglect, temperature or moisture extremes (included but not limited to direct sunlight, excessive heat, freezing temperatures and/or direct exposure to the elements);  
  • Damage due to mishandling, neglect, improper setup, over tightening tensioning dial (i.e. stripped dial-face or broken pulleys due to forcing the system beyond its designated fail-safe.  See user manual and online videos for more information), damage in travel, shipping damage or use under other than what is classified as normal playing conditions;  
  • dialtune® products purchased from a source other than dialtune or an authorized dialtune drums dealer;  
  • Any owner other than the original purchaser; 
  • Used products sold by dialtune;  
  • Normal changes in wood grain, fading of color and/or aging of any finish;  Factory-installed products not manufactured by dialtune such as snare throw-offs, butt plates, Mae microphone system, etc;  
  • All acetate based drum coverings or any drum coverings prone to shrinkage, bubbling or damage from the elements;  
  • Lost or misplaced parts including but not limited to springs, dial components, hand tools included with the product, and screws or fasteners that have been lost; and/or 
  • Any other damage that are not caused by defects in materials or workmanship of dialtune.  


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