Remo Mondo™ key-tuned djembes are tensioned to perform right out of the box.
Some professional players will match the open/bass tone to the root note of an ensemble.
In most cases though, it's player preference based off desired response and pitch.
Note: The looser the head, the lower the tone/response...tighter the head, the higher response/pitch.
REPLACING MONDO™ DRUMHEAD
Remove drum tuning rods in a criss cross method until all of them are loose.
Completely remove all tuning parts (drum rods, washer and claw hooks)
Remove the drumhead and wipe the drum bearing edge with a towel to remove any dust particles
Place the new drumhead on drum and locate the Remo Crown on the Mondo™ drumhead opposite the front badge on drum shell. Reassemble drum rods, washers and claw hooks on djembe.
Finger tighten all drum rods around the drum in a criss cross method.
TUNING MONDO™ DJEMBE
After all drum rods are finger tighten begin tuning using a criss cross method.
Starting with drum rod #1 give a whole turn clockwise and continue till you complete tuning each point. You may need to repeat this a few times depending on how high you like the drum pitch to be. Once you start feeling a little resistance give it half turn following the same pattern.
Check the pitch by tapping the rim over each tuning point so you can hear the high frequencies.Try to match the pitch around the entire drum.
NOTE: The Mondo™ Drumhead is very durable and will last a long time. It is a replaceable drumhead and will stretch throughout the life of the drum.
TIME TO REPLACE DRUMHEAD
When the claw hook reaches the arrow point, you may bottom out and exceed the length of the Contour tuning bracket.