Okay, so we’ve already written about mesh heads a couple of articles ago. That time we talked & talked about how tight should your drum heads be. This time, however, will focus on something that’s got less to do with the sound that’ll be coming out of your drum kit. That’s right, we’ll show you how to clean (Roland) mesh heads!
So, what brought you here? Was it the fact you’ve bought your first Roland e-drum set? Or: you’re here just out of sheer curiosity? Or: maybe your name’s Roland and you’ve got absolutely nothing to with a set of e-drums? Whatever the case – we’re sure you’ll enjoy this text. Keep on reading to find out just how should one clean Roland mesh heads with absolute ease!
First, you’ll want to remove the mesh heads from the shells. Since Roland doesn’t mention anywhere that you should use this or that industrial cleaning product, work with ordinary mild dish soap & warm water combo. That way, you won’t compromise your warranty. Also, once you’re done – make sure everything’s completely dry before using your Roland e-drum set.
Of course, that’s not enough to satisfy even the least curious of our readers. You’ll find more exciting info below!
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Everything there’s to know about Roland mesh heads
Before we solve the mystery that is cleaning the Roland mesh heads, it’s best that we tackle some equally important questions online users ask. Let’s take a look!
Is Roland a good drum brand?
In the world of drumming (and e-drumming), Roland is quite a recognizable brand. However, does that automatically mean that it’s good? It, of course, doesn’t; popularity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. Still, Roland works both ways: it’s a popular brand, yet the quality of its products shouldn’t be taken into question.
Of course, Roland’s a brand that’s not just associated with drumming, yet they make killer (electronic) drum kits, which leaves us nothing more to do than to answer the question in the title of this paragraph: yup, you can consider Roland a good drum brand!
How long do Roland mesh heads last?
We’re not that keen on answering this question in the “well, it all depends on this or that” style. However, we’re left with no choice. Just how long will your Roland mesh heads last depends on how you’ll treat the instrument. If you’re playing like a normal dude, without any weird ideas, they could last you for years on end. In other words: just don’t abuse them or something.
Also, we need to consider the way you’ll store your drum set. For instance, storing your drumming kit in the path of direct sunlight won’t do you any good. Here’s a plus side: Roland’s mesh heads are produced by none else than Remo, a well-known drumhead manufacturer. You can rest assured knowing that the fabric will stay securely glued into the hoop, without any chances of accidental separation.
Can you replace Roland mesh heads?
Yup, it’s very possible to replace Roland mesh heads. Still, that shouldn’t happen quite a lot, if ever. The thing is: you might need to replace the foam trigger cone underneath the head as it’s prone to breaking down after some time. Unless you notice your mesh heads wear through, you’re absolutely safe from starting the replacement process. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll never have to replace your Roland mesh heads! Many drummers never had a chance to replace their Roland mesh heads (come to think of it, that actually sounds a bit sad, but you get the point).
How tight should Roland mesh heads be?
As we’ve discussed in one of the past articles we’ve mentioned earlier, your e-drum mesh heads shouldn’t be too loose. Why? Well, there’s a good chance that will result in you being distracted by the sound of plies of the drum head softly rattling against each other. Simply tighten each lug just as you would if we were talking about an ordinary, acoustic drum kit until you reach the desired tension.
Here’s a suggestion: even though it’s a pretty rare occasion, just check for any wrinkles and creases surrounding the head’s parameter that might’ve developed.
Are Roland mesh head worth it?
Based on reviews and overall customer experience (just read the drumming forums), one could conclude that Roland mesh heads are definitely worth the investment (just like the whole Roland V-Drum set). Depending on the size, they’ll cost you from about $37 to about $80.
Okay, now that we’ve got that one covered, it’s time to focus on the main question: how do you clean Roland mesh heads? Let’s find out together!
How do you clean Roland mesh heads?
Okay, here we’ll tell you just how you’ll clean Roland mesh heads. First things first, don’t worry! It’s not like there’s too much to do or pay attention to. Still, since you’re dealing with water and electricity, you might wanna keep your eyes open at all times. Anyway, here’s what’s up:
- Roland doesn’t mention you should use any particular cleaning products to handle your V-Drum kit. That’s because the folks at Roland aren’t so sure about the consequences or long-term effects using this or that option might have.
So, what do you do then? Are we left in the dark without a solution? Nope. Here’s what you’ll do:
- You’ll wanna use a clean, lightly damp soft cloth towel together with mild dish soap & warm water combo. Once you’re done cleaning, make sure the drum pads are thoroughly dry.
And here’s the part about the mesh heads:
- Remove the mesh heads from the Roland V-Drum shell and use the same solution you’ve used above. Of course, make sure your Roland mash heads are totally dry before putting them back on.
All in all: refrain from using any harsh cleaning products. If, for some reason, you absolutely must use one, ensure that the product info reads that it’s safe to use the substance with all types of rubber and/or plastic. Also, we’ve briefly mentioned drum shells in that last bit: here’s how you’ll give your acoustic drum shells a fresh paint job!
Okay, so that’s that when it comes to cleaning Roland mesh heads, let’s see if there’s another piece of equipment made by Roland that needs some cleaning!
How do you clean rubber Roland cymbals?
Well, basically, you’ll want to use the same method we’ve described above. Since Roland doesn’t recommend any of the products one can find on the market, your best bet is to use the warm water & mild dish soap combo. That way, you won’t make a mistake and compromise your warranty! Speaking of cymbals, here’s why drums and cymbals never sound out of tune.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to reward your patience with a couple of other e-drum cleaning and maintenance tips!
How do you maintain electronic drums?
Before individuals attempt to clean their e-drum sets, it’s best they become equipped with some tips that will help them handle the process without doing some damage to their drumkit. Of course, the way you’ll treat your e-drums differs greatly from the way you’d maintain your acoustic drum set. Without further ado, here’s what you’ll have to do:
- Use a dry and soft piece of cloth to cleanse the module. Trust us, you don’t want any moisture up there.
- If you’re to notice some grime or stains on the module, it’s alright to use a slightly damp piece of cloth (you don’t want to overdo it). Just steer clear of using any industrial cleaning products, OTC cleaners, or the good ol’ soapy piece of cloth.
- Refrain from using alcohol and thinners to thoroughly clean your module. That is, of course, if you want your e-drum set to remain fresh.
- Try not to put any vinyl objects on the top of your module since it’s highly possible they’ll discolor it.
Oh, and here’s a suggestion: if you notice anything’s awry with the wiring (or if you’re suspicious), it’s best you carry your set to the service center. In other words: don’t pull any DIY tricks such as opening the module or similar activities. Not only will you compromise your warranty, but you’ll also probably cause even greater damage.
Needless to say, if there’s something wrong – you’ll need to transport your e-drum set to the nearest service center. Let’s check out how you’ll handle that part.
How to safely transport your electronic drum set?
There’s one thing that’s to your advantage when transporting e-drum sets: unlike their acoustic siblings, they’re pretty lightweight, easy to (dis)assemble, and require less storage space. However, one can never be too careful when transporting instruments or recording equipment. Here are the tips on the safe transport of e-drums:
- Try not to pull on the cable when plugging the module. Simply grab the plug and pull it out.
- You’ll want to disconnect all the cables before you enter the transport mode.
- Handle the modules with extreme care, and don’t put any additional stress on the connectors and controls.
- Avoid placing anything heavy on the module since that can cause some serious damage to it.
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The bottom line
There you have it, folks! Among other things we’ve mentioned today, these were the tips on how to clean your Roland mesh heads. For more tips on various drum-related topics, pay a visit to this page on our blog.