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First stave build snare

Postby Gianpiero » Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:24 pm

hi everyone,
well i'm going to craft my first stave build snare, i'm very happy & ansious about it.
so for now i'll start practising for making good bearing edges next week & all the construction itself isn't a problem
I want a piccolo 13x4 & i want a vintage sounding, funky snare... very crispy
so i'm going for 30ยบ degrees bearing edge but i have no idea about wood selection & snare bed.... & i have no idea for what can give me this sound....
right now im' going for maple but i want a different wood... not that commun & i'm looking for differents sound charecteristics.... i'm thinking about ash, blond mahogany, etc...
any help will be more than apreciate
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Re: First stave build snare

Postby Timekeep69 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:01 pm

Are you actually building a stave shell or are you purchasing one and building snare?
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Re: First stave build snare

Postby Gianpiero » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:48 pm

i'm gonna build one from scratch
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Re: First stave build snare

Postby Timekeep69 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:12 pm

you might want to look into Bubinga. Check out http://www.jtpercussion.com/ they have some good info one stave woods.
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Re: First stave build snare

Postby johnisonfire » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:35 pm

Bubinga with Ash or maple stripes would look pretty sweet, with some clear gloss or satin poly over it. Post pics when the shell's done dude.
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Re: First stave build snare

Postby Gianpiero » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:47 pm

i can't decide between satin oil or lacquer finish... but it will be natural wood
but i'll use a finish ply veneer or differents plyes..
for ones that dosn't understand what i mean
it will be a an upper inch of quilted maple, a middle 1,5 inch of a red mahogany(roots, burl) & another inch of quilted maple (down)
MapleMapleMapleMaple
MapleMapleMapleMaple

Mahogany Mahogany
Mahogany Mahogany
Mahogany Mahogany

MapleMapleMapleMaple
MapleMapleMapleMaple

with chrome tube logs & power hoops
but thats only the finish.... it will be a normal stave.... most probally maple... (cheaper than bubinga & ash)
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Re: First stave build snare

Postby johnisonfire » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:26 pm

Gianpiero wrote:i can't decide between satin oil or lacquer finish... but it will be natural wood
but i'll use a finish ply veneer or differents plyes..
for ones that dosn't understand what i mean
it will be a an upper inch of quilted maple, a middle 1,5 inch of a red mahogany(roots, burl) & another inch of quilted maple (down)
MapleMapleMapleMaple
MapleMapleMapleMaple

Mahogany Mahogany
Mahogany Mahogany
Mahogany Mahogany

MapleMapleMapleMaple
MapleMapleMapleMaple

with chrome tube logs & power hoops
but thats only the finish.... it will be a normal stave.... most probally maple... (cheaper than bubinga & ash)


There are some purists who think that the lacquer will dampen the acoustics more than satin oil. While they may be right, it's probably unnoticable. I'd stick with satin finish so it covers scuffs easy. I'd also go 2-3 coats satin tung oil with then 2 or 3 applications of a paste wax over it. Good smooth finish, seals the wood and if you get scuffs from use then all you have to do is re-apply a bit of wax. Very easy maintenance and application.
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