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Postby notefreak » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:23 am

Hi fellow regents of rythm!
I'm curious: 8 or 10 lugs on a snare drum? What would be the difference?

I couldn't find a topic discussing the matter so I'm asking you guys instead.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Timekeep69 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:56 am

Doesn't really matter, 10 lugs gives you a little more tuning precision but 8 lugs does a fine job too. I used to do 10 lugs on any 14" snare drum I built until I realized that 8 does just as good a job and it also allows the finish to be seen better.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Steaky » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:07 pm

Does it allow for a tiny bit more shell resonance particularly on thin shelled drums? I've heard this said about the Gretsch idea of 5 lugs on 12" toms.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Timekeep69 » Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:14 pm

The less hardware on the drum the more resonance it will have but it's not realy THAT noticeable.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby SGarrett » Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:31 pm

Not to mention that eight lug snares are easier to position on a snare stand. :mrgreen:
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Alan_ » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:45 am

basically, with the precision of drumhead manufacture at this point, there's no reason for 10 or more lugs unless it's a hi-tension marching snare. When I compare a Ludwig 10-lug Supraphonic to an 8-lug Acrolite (same shell material), the acrolite sounds more open and slightly fatter to me. Timekeep's right tho (of course, guy's got so much knowledge): the difference is small.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby notefreak » Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:28 am

Once again, thanks for the input :D

So to summarize: you need an experienced set of ears to detect the difference?
Would that small difference tuning-wise only benefit the experienced tuner?
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Alan_ » Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:29 am

I'd say you'd be able to tell the difference, but it's not that great.

And, as I said, given the consistency of modern drumheads, I don't really think that many lugs are a benefit, but a hindrance.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Steaky » Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:55 am

Slightly veering of topic but if the number of lugs have a negligible effect on the drum, does the type of lug? Or is that the same story boiling down to preference and aesthetics?
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Timekeep69 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:58 am

The size and mass of the lug can effect the sound as well as how much of the lug cones into direct contatc with the shell.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby bigtone23 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:13 pm

I like 8 since it's a little more open, less parts=less $, and they fit in the snare baskets better.
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Re: no. of lugs

Postby Alan_ » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:30 am

also, I find that 8 lugs are easier to get in tune than 10, due to the symmetry of the arrangement.
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