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All SJC Drums that are handcrafted in the USA are fully assembled, fine tuned and tested before they ship from our factory. Due to the rigors of shipping, your drums may need a little adjustment to the tuning upon arrival but aside from that, you should be ready to rock!

All SJC Drum kits that are handcrafted in Taiwan are partly nested for shipping and will require some basic assembly to install heads, hoops, tension rods and some mounts to bass drums and toms.
Pre-assembled snares and toms are shipped with loose tension due to the rigors of international ocean freight transport so these drums will need to be tuned up before they are ready for play.

With some simple assembly and tuning, you'll have your SJC drums ready for the stage and studio!

With the head sitting flat on the bearing edge of the shell, place the drum hoop over the collar of the head and finger tighten the tension rods into the lugs. Using a drum key, slowly tighten a tension rod a half turn then move to the next in a star pattern (moving from one tension rod directly across to the next) in an even and slow manner until the desired pitch is achieved on all tension rods. Tuning a single tension rod completely to pitch or over-tightening will cause unbalance which can result in damage to the shell, head, lugs, hoop and/or claws.
Any damage as a result of user error or mishandling is not covered under our warranty.

We recommend cleaning our finishes with clean microfiber cloths. Slightly dampened with water for standard satin and hi-gloss finishes. Promptly dry any moisture left behind with a dry microfiber cloth. On Flat & Super Satin finishes use only a dry microfiber cloth and gently rub away fingerprints or liquid residue, soap or cleaning products can cause flat and super satin finishes to become unevenly shiny in spots.

Leaving moisture on the finish and hardware can cause damage voiding your warranty. We do not recommend using any soaps or cleaners as these can be abrasive and hurt the finish. Always wipe down your drums after use as sweat, water and other liquids can be very damaging to the finish and cause hardware to rust which are not covered under warranty.

When changing a head, we recommend cleaning the bearing edge by wiping it down with a clean microfiber cloth. Be sure that the new head sits evenly on the edge before you place the hoop on the collar. Wipe down the hoops to get rid of any foreign material that could get between it and the head. Every few head changes we recommend applying a very light coat of paraffin wax to the bearing edge and a very small amount of petroleum jelly to the tip of each tension rod to encourage smooth tuning. Tension rods can loosen on new drums as they settle as well as on drums where the player hits hard, lost tension rods are not replaceable under warranty.

If you’re not comfortable in the climate, chances are your drums aren’t either! Storing your drums in a climate controlled area is paramount to keeping your drums in their best form. Direct sunlight, high humidity, excessive dryness, precipitation, extreme cold and heat all can cause damage to your drums and exposure to these elements can void your warranty. We suggest to cover your drums with a heat reflective blanket if you must play outdoors in the sunlight. Avoiding these elements will help prevent rusting of hardware, discoloration of finishes and bubbling of wraps. It is very important to transport your drums in properly fitted cases and not lift them by the hardware (brackets, lugs, throw off) to prevent damage. Wooden hoops and kick drum head holes can be damaged by microphone clamps. We suggest using a microphone stand whenever possible and never pick up a drum by the microphone or microphone clamp.