The common point about many systems modeled as Bernoulli-Euler beams with attachments is that the own masses of the helical springs are neglected. Some researchers accounted for the masses of the springs during free vibrations of those systems. Further to these studies, the present study deals with the investigation of the effect of not taking into account the masses of the helical springs in damped combined systems during their forced vibrations. It is shown that the spring mass effect may be important in regions near to the resonance frequencies. Further, this effect influences the phase angles more than the amplitudes. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.