The weight of a drum shell can, over time and especially when suspended from a single point (like a nail or peg in a wall), cause the shell to distort.
So, ideally, a frame drum should not be suspended, nor hung on the wall.
That said, we recognize that it is both convenient and attractive to do so – and, sure, we do it from time to time.
With the above caveats in mind, here are some suggestions to mitigate the potential problems:
- Use a larger peg rather than a small finish nail to better distribute the weight on the contact point.
- Even better, use two, rather a single peg, to spread out the weight on the contact point(s).
- From time to time rotate the drum so that, over time, the effects of gravity are distributed evenly.
Cooperman offers a handy and inexpensive “Roll Stop” than can be placed on the floor to hold the drums.
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Hanging a drum in a bag or a sling – some people nestle the drum in a decorative scarf that is then hung on the wall – will provide good support. I think you should feel comfortable with that method. I’ve seen some people embroider or otherwise decorate their drum bags. That might make a great visual.
All my frame drums from you are kept in the bags you sell from Meinl. I have them hanging from a wall hook in the bag. Will this also cause the shell to distort? Thank you!