SGarrett wrote:Snare are one of the few places where shell material actually matters to the finished sound.
I though shell material matters for all drums and their finished sounds??
Could you elaborate a little bit because I'm probably not understanding what you mean...
Drum shell material only accounts for about 10% of a drum's sound. If I put the same heads, tuned the same, on a maple kit, a bitch kit, a mahogany kit, and an acrylic kit, I doubt many people would be able to tell the difference. When it comes to toms and kicks our head choices, tuning choices, and playing touch will determine more of our sound than shell material will. Put four different people on the same kit and it'll sound like four different kits. I've had a lot of people tell me, "even though you tuned my drums I can't make them sound as good as you did". Given proper tuning and head selection for the genre, I feel that playing touch is the most important aspect to playing music on a drum set for this exact reason.
With a snare drum however, shell material makes a huge difference in tonal qualities. If I did the same thing with brass, aluminum, maple, and birch snares the sound qualities would be noticeable. For instance, my Yammy and Acro sound completely different and they have the same heads and are the same dimensions. The Yammy is maple and very lively while the Acro is aluminum and very dry. My friend has a 25-30 year old Yammy birch 6x14 snare and it sounds different than either of mine.
This is one of those things you really just have to play a lot of different drums to truly understand.
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