Weiss Roto-Tom with Stand - 18"

Model: SW-18ROTO

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$139.95

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Bigger Is MORE Better!!! This big 18" drum produces a huge sound with more depth than can be imagined from a Roto-tom. This drum includes a heavy-duty double braced stand.
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Bigger Is MORE Better!!!

This big 18" drum produces a huge sound with more depth than can be imagined from a Roto-tom. This drum includes a heavy-duty double braced stand.

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Good enough, but some perspective...

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This is an out-of-box review with a dash of perspective added. Remo Roto Toms were NOT made of cast iron as a previous reviewer stated. They were cast aluminum, otherwise the 18" tom they made would have weighed close to 80 pounds. The Weiss toms are die cast zinc, not nearly as durable or resonant as aluminum. This means the interaction of the head and the metal will be different than a Remo Roto Tom will be. Doesn't mean it won't sound good, but the difference in material WILL result in a difference in sound. That may or may not matter to you. Because this is a bottom tom and will receive less play than my others, it won't matter too much to me. Casting and finish is VERY rough, clearly mastered off of a mediocre sand casting. This would have merited a "B" for a kid in junior high metal shop. However as a mass-produced product, it is disappointing. There are many rough spots on the bearing edge of the head, which means your drum heads are going to be eaten up as you play. The head is thin crap, more appropriate for a resonant head than a batter head, and will be swapped for a Pinstripe when I find one. For the price, it's not a bad deal, just not a great deal, but certainly better than paying $300+ on eBay for a used Remo model. Steve Weiss Music should talk with their manufacturer and deal with the rough casting issues, since bearing edges and head wear are intimately linked. This is a below-average product that will probably play well-enough after I can polish down the burrs and repaint it. Good enough, but the manufacturing makes me wonder how well the zinc around the threaded insert is going to hold up. Not the best, not the worst, but a better finish and a decent head would improve the score here.

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2.00

The gear will work just fine...

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I think the poster who gave the rotos low marks was a bit too harsh. Though the reviewer is correct in that the wheel and spokes are casted they are sufficient for getting the job done unless you treat the roto without at least some care and appreciation and not toss it around like a Frisbee. I have played rotos since they first appeared in the 70's and have had Remos to Brand-X. And they all, including original Remo, have always been made with casted iron known as pig iron because it is a cheap low cost pourus metal material. The only thing that Remo and some manufacturers do different is they file away the flash from the casting and smooth out the flash areas of the spoke and wheels. They then give them a glaze of shellac. Some other manufacturers put a smooth coating of black epoxy paint over the wheel and spokes to protect the wheel and spokes from excessive wear and tear damage. The epoxy based paint whether black, clear or some other color is what makes people mistaken that the wheel and spokes are not cast iron and are something different and better. It is not...it is still pig iron underneath the topical coatings. The spoke and wheel portion of the rotos from Steve Weiss are entirely raw with the casting flash pretty much left on and the surfaces perhaps given a thin based painting of shellac or maybe silver paint. This is entirely cosmetic and the imperfection of the look of the wheel and spokes is not noticeable beyond 8 to 10 feet and certainly has no impact on the sound or function of the drum. I would rather buy an entire set that at least all is made the same way so they at least appear to be a matched uniform set rather than purchase a Heinz 57 - variety set by buying a mix and match rag-tag set of mixed appearing drums some in silver color paint, some with black painted epoxy, some raw and some not. The ones I bought from Steve Weiss do the job and are at a fantastic price point. I recommend!!

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4.00

Not what expected

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This item is not a Remo Roto Tom and is made of cheap cast iron. Will likely break over time as the casting is not by any means high quality as expected in musical gear. Tension lugs were bent and did not thread correctly...again over time these will strip out and become useless. My fault for not inquiring before purchase.

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The drum is great, but assembly info needed

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This drum is a terrific deal for the money. It's built well and sounds great. However no assembly information is packaged with the drum whatsoever. Putting the stand together was simple enough, but fitting the tom itself on the stand is a bit complicated. We studied the photo on the website and eventually figured it out, but it's not an intuitive process. I would highly recommend that Steve Weiss create a simple assembly guide (just some photos would arrows would be helpful) to improve the experience of purchasing their otherwise outstanding product.

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