Having problems with my snare

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:11 pm

I cant get it to hold a decent pitch anymore I slap new heads on it, crank up the batter head, the reso is kept relatively medium tension and I have the snare wires set to where you can here them but it's not an over powering buzz. but after a couple minutes of playing the snare will get this odd sound where the snare is still buzzing but the drum sounds like its off(if you can understand what I'm saying)

The drum is a 50's 60's era Slingerland and I have a feeling that part of the problem is that the metal shell is not completely round and hasnt been since I got it. What should I do get the snare fixed if thats at all possible (I'm really worried that if I do that it'll break the shell) or get a new snare (and I have my eye on a natural wood finish 6x13" Medicine Man Snare) I just dont know if my parents will like the idea of me dropping 3-4 hundred green backs for a drum.
(well not mom but my dad hates it when I buy anything for my drumset he thinks its a waste of money)


WHAT SHOULD I DO???!!!
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:30 pm

Check for cracked lugs. You have probably over tensioned it.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:10 pm

Agreed check for cracked or stripped lugs, or maybe you have a cracked casing / casing screw.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:21 pm

depending on the type of lug, you may have stripped an insert for the lug, which is like a .40 cent replacement, but i would invest in new lugs, cause if the drum wasnt really round, the heads wouldnt fit on it right and you would defanitly notice that
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:33 pm

Do you have a picture of the badge on that drum? Also, a picture of the throw-off would help as well... I have a hunch.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:53 am

I was just thinking about the throw off as well.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:57 am

Two weeks ago I striped out one of the screws on the butt plate. You could tell from looking at it, but it did something similar to what you are saying as well. Cost me $4.90 for a new butt plate.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:56 am

Heres a pic of the drum in question.

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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:58 am

that lug in the front that isnt exactly in all the way I fixed that. it was one of the reasons I couldnt get a good sound but it didnt fix it.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:59 am

dont know if this helps or not but I use Pure Sound wires the ones where theres a gap in the center
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:31 am

I love Cheese and drums wrote:dont know if this helps or not but I use Pure Sound wires the ones where theres a gap in the center


That shouldn't be a problem. Those are great wires.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:00 pm

Sorry to be a pain... can we see the BOTTOM side of the drum, looking at the snares... a full head shot.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:31 pm

zen_drummer wrote:Sorry to be a pain... can we see the BOTTOM side of the drum, looking at the snares... a full head shot.


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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:31 pm

DrumsPlus wrote:
zen_drummer wrote:Sorry to be a pain... can we see the BOTTOM side of the drum, looking at the snares... a full head shot.


Boy you are demanding.


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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:54 pm

I don't know, but your picture gave me an exciting idea for a snare drum solo.

Put a big ol' sneaker in a dryer, then put your drum on the dryer. Turn dryer on. Mic it up and see what you get. Should be very avant-garde.

In all seriousness, it sounds as if your strainer is backing off as you play. I'm not too familiar with that particular throw (it appears to be a Zoomatic?), but figure out a way to firm up the adjuster threads. Perhaps a little bit of blue (removable) Loctite on the adjuster threads will keep it from backing out, yet you'll still be able to turn the adjuster.

Also, try running your snare side head a little tighter. When you strike your drum, a column of air rushes down and causes the snare side head (and therefore, your snare wires) to move vertically. Tightening it up will decrease that vertical "pumping" of the snare side head and wires.