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Snare Problems.

Discussion in 'Drums' started by lessthanwill22, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. I have been having some problems with the snare drum on my kit. I have a Pearl Export Fusion Kit with a Steel 14" Pearl Snare. On all of the drums, I have Remo Ambassador powdercoated heads. The problem with my snare is that after I hit it rings and sounds really weird. I don't know what to do to get rid of it. If anyone can elp it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    That may just be the quality of that particular snare drum? Maybe you should get a snare drum with a wood shell?

    Did you ever listen to the snare drum on the old YES recordings (now I'm showing my age)? It used to drive me nuts, BOING BOING BOING BOING....

    In the old days, we used to stick all kinds of crap on the top head near the rim just to dampen down that BOING effect i.e. duct tape, foam, wallets, hankies, etc.. In an old Beatles documentary, I seem to remember seeing Ringo Starr with what looked like a dinner napkin on top of his snare drum? Sounds delicious!

    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Yeah I think it is just the quality of the snare. I am thinking about just putting some cash together and picking up a better snare drum. And I heard about Ringo using the napkins on the drums.

  4. audiobuddha

    audiobuddha Member

    This happens on any snare drum wheather its $50 or $2000, As long as its tuned well, to get rid of the ring/overtones you will need to dampen it. The best technique is have a drum stick in your right hand hitting the snare while resting two fingers of your left hand (index and middle) on the skin near the rim.... while hitting the drum move your fingers around the skin and you will find that at certain points the ringing will stop.. apply a strip of tape at that point (some padding under tape woks well like tissue or summink. try to use just on strip though, ya dont want to kill all the tones... snares need life..
  5. Thanks alot, it was a huge help.

  6. try a powerstroke 4 coated should solve your PEARL porblems
  7. Yeah, that will have to wait. I just bought the new heads on my set. $60 worth.
  8. timtu

    timtu Guest

    That always bhappens nwhen you get new skins, its like guitar strings. You just have to wait till it dies a bit but in the mean time i usually put a hunk of foam on it with gaffa-.

  9. ambassadors are to thin for the sound you are going for, you need to ge the power stroke
  10. Lerxst

    Lerxst Guest

    I kinda like that "BOING" - I knew for sure that it was a YES song - it was like a signature sound... :shock:
  11. Yeah well I opened up the snare and put some TP taped to the inside of the shell. (WORKED GREAT). But then later on during band practice I was switching from snare to not snare and the switch for the strainer broke. So I brought it in and am getting it repaired. I was thinking about getting a piccolo snare as well. Pearl makes one that is maple and costs about $130. Anyone use it before? Im going to go to the music store and try it out but if anyone has any suggestions that would be nice too. I can't spend too much, $120-$150 range.

  12. Lerxst

    Lerxst Guest

    Yes I actually have something possibly helpful to post. I picked a "Pork Pie - Little Squealer" at GC for right around the 130-150 range can't remember exactly, but I love the sound this thing has. It's not truly a piccolo, but it's small and has a similar sound.

    Unique and well worth the price I paid. (but remeber, I like the "boing" in the old Yes tunes ;) )

    Off of the pork pie page:

    "Little Squealer (Made In Taiwan)
    5x12, 8 ply Maple Black Ebony Satin and all Black Hardware - $500.00"

    Musicians Friend has it for 149

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