If you want one of the highest quality wooden-made snares out there with a smooth sound, we say go for it. This snare has a very unique sound. I was already holding my nose to buy anything that came through Tom Shelley's obnoxious extortitive fingers, but there aren't a lot of options. Before tying off the strainer end, adjust the throw between fully engaged and disengaged, and make sure the end plates are each the same distance from the bearing edges, indicating they the wires are completely centered on the head. I could not believe how awesome it sounded. I have an old 5 x 14 Supra and went from 18 to 42 wires but cut out 8, so 34 wires. On my Acro, I have a set of snappy snares with every other strand removed; they came on an inexpensive steel snare someone did their best to make symphonic.
Hopefully by the end of the month. The tradition and quality continues on today better than ever with a sound that could only be Ludwig. The more wires you have, the more the snare sound contributes to the overall sound. Just a few extra things to consider: 1. Their snares are also pretty average when it comes to size, the construction is pretty solid considering the price nowhere near a Ludwig but you can figure why. Try a quad stariner symphonic drum and the differences are like a completely different drum between the settings. I did put a strip of tape that spans the very edge of the top the wires where they got into the plate.
This model gives us an average 5. I liked them at first, but after playing them on a few gigs, I felt they just sounded too harsh and bright. Even though the Super-Sensitive is still offered by Ludwig, the current mechanism bears little cosmetic resemblance to the original. I usually use the two outermost holes on the strainer as shown here: This gives me sufficient spread to aid in lining up the snare wires from the center of the strainer to the butt. I think it probably affected the wire sound more than the drum.
Threading the end plates correctly is only half the battle. Too bad they're so dang expensive!! Try a few brands and see exactly which ones sound better to your ear. I find them to be instinctive, expressive, and dynamic, which is what the art is all about for me. Neil invited me by his shop to try them out. Eric Bilger Allied Music Canopus Snare Wire have quality and performance which is un matches by any production Snare Wire Product.
Come to think of it, can you name another snare throwoff that can claim a 76-year and counting life span? Often I get these drums with the snare cord incorrectly installed. However, I have a lot of vintage drums equipped with strainers that require snare cord. Your post made perfect sense and the wires seemed to be making contact the entire length of the snares, but something must have been keeping the snares from being pulled close enough to the head. I haven't really messed around more than that. Interesting how the metal on these wires can make such a difference. I replaced them with standard Pearl snare wires and liked it better. Play the drum with the snares on and off to make sure those adjustments are correct, and that the snares engage and disengage normally.
Also, with ShippingPass, there is no need to worry about commitment. Many of these models also come in multiple sizes if you want to adjust. An example of this type of end plate is shown here: There are exceptions, such as these two examples where there is a pair of front channels designed into the end plate or tabs on top of the end plate that require an approach opposite of what I describe below. Steve Gadd preferred crap less wires. More body then stock wires.
To see instructions on how to return items, please check out our. I don't know, maybe I'm not an expensive snare wire guy after all. The manufacturer will determine whether the defect is covered under their warranty; we do not make that determination. Sensivity is very good as well. Update to my original post.
It's being original that counts. After years of research, we have replicated the Slingerland wire taking several factors into account such as material, spiral diameter and pitch. After you have threaded the strainer, thread the cord into the butt and tighten the pressure bar on the butt sufficiently to hold the cord in place, but loose enough to make minor adjustments in tension. I chose these wires based on their installation on an Acro I shared for a while. To see if ShippingPass is right for you, try a 30-day free trial.
I like basic Puresound 20-strand snares on just about everything. Turns out I like it tuned a lot differently than where I like the Supra tuned - I was trying to tune them to the exact same tension thinking what works for one should work for the other. Several manufacturers have tried to re-produce the sound. If you want your photo next to your review, just visit and use the same email address here! He played in silent movie orchestras, so the snare beds I remember don't exist anymore. My drum seemed brighter and crisper with the Canopus wires. Ah, the joy of being a drummer, there is always something new to try.
Some enjoy the wooden finish for a warmer, more relaxed sound, while others want a steel drum to pound away on. The crispness, dynamic range and clarity they offer would be welcome by any drummer hoping to derive a new special sound from this favorite snare drum. Along with brass or steel coiled wires, the various types of cable wires add more options. Given the location of the wires and the stretching ability of calfskin, it was only a matter of time until one or more of the wires would take a direct hit and get stretched to the point where the drum would develop a permanent buzz, necessitating replacement of the top snare wires. All my new Gretsch snares came with 40 strands, which for most things is too much for me. If you play technically you sound like everybody else.