hey dude id only replace the snares, if they were badly damaged ie bent badly but no real need! unless you wana try 40 snare set instead of 20. apparently it creates a totally different type of buzz. good luck
yer i wud. the export ones aren't that great. i'd spend your money wisely though. DW or PureSound wires are the best. also, try some different materials. find out what yours are made from, then, do some research to see what sound you want and what metal will achieve that for you
i dont know what u guys r talking about! switching from crappy gibraltars to pure sounds was the best descision ive ever made. the sound difference is definitlly there ur snare sound is coming from your SNARE so obviously its important AND pure sounds are welded on to copper so the welding holds alot better and u have less chance of them snapping off
i personally use the rythem tech active snare set...very nice...no unwanted rattle,crisp sound,and they dont rattle when i throw them down for a tom sound....a much better improvement from the crappy snares that came on my snare drum
Well, your problem may not be with your snare wire, but with your resonant head.
How old is it?
How bad does it look?
I use a very thin resonant head , and an Aquarian Hi-Energy on the batter head. It sounds nice, but i've got very little low-end to work with...Im thinkin about switching to G1 on bottom and G2 on top...see how that works.
But look at your resonant head, that's where your problem might stem from.
First;the drum it's self is fine(I know,that's what I play on).
Second;Heads...I use Aquarian Hi-Energy batter head(cranked up real tight)...Get you tone you want with the bottom head against the carpeted floor.
Third;I use a plain jane Evans reso head(standard tuning)...too tight it pulls away from the snares/too loose and they crap out the sound.
Fourth;Pure sound snares are awesome(very sensitive)...depending on weather you want "KRACK" or a taditional sound depends on how tight you tighten up the snare wires.(Ipersonally like a massive "KRACK!"...so,I tighten up my snares ALOT)
They used to have "cat gut" snares(might still make them)that were the shit.
Replacing the snare wires is always a good thing. Take a visual of them and if they look stretched out and uneven. If just the slightest, toss them and get new wires.
Not all snare wires are the same though...
I'm recording with a Pearl13 inch pic with the factory wires on it. After taking weeks of dialing in the drum sound, my snare was the sore thumb. The wires were just to noisy, bleeding through the tom mics. I used duct tape and some weather stripping and ended up choking the drum completely. I went to Guitar Center and picked up some Gibraltar wires for $6. ( the only set of 13in strings )
They were crap!!!
I switched back to the Pearl wires for the time being. I'm probably gonna have to order a good set of wires. I'm looking at Pure Sound wires.
The bottom line is that you should change your wires every few months and if you have about $20 to $30, get the good ones.
instead of replacing the snares put the money toward a good drum. no matter what heads and snares you uses if you have a crappy snare its gonna sound like a crappy snare. you can get decent sounding snares for like $150 bucks. the snare is a major part of the kit. spent the extra money and get a good one.
I respectfully must disagree, drummert2k. While it's nice to have the $$$ to get a decent snare, there's nothing wrong with an entry level snare, as long as you treat it right, equip it well, and tune it right.
My main snare is a plain-jane entry level Yamaha 6.5x14 Steel Snare. But it sounds unbelievably good (that coming from my soundman, his crew, and my bandmates, not me). All I did to it was replace the issued heads (with Attack 2-Ply Coated [batter], and Attack Thin Skyn [reso]), replace the issued snares (with PureSound Varitone Heavy Snare Wires), and use a DrumDial to assist me in my tuning. I tend to tune the reso head just a touch higher than the batter, and I get a nice, full-bodied sound and a ton of *crack*.
As long as you know what you're doing, you can make an entry-level drum sound like a pro-level drum.
I agree with Kevin. There's nothing wrong with that particular snare. Changing the heads and snares can really help your sound. You might be surprised at how changing the resonant head can improve the sound of a drum. If the head came stock with the kit, chances are you can do better. My head choices on that particular drum would be a coated CD black dot as a batter and a hazy Amassador resonant head.
Putting new snares on a drum can also bring it to life. There are a number of fine snare wires on the market. I particularly like the Puresound snares.
I agree 100 percent with screamkevin. I have that same snare and I replaced both heads with Remo Ambassadors, and put on the Puresound snares. It sounded like a completely different snare. Another drummer friend of mine did the same on his Ludwig snare with the same result. I received comments from soundmen and bandmates in both bands I play with. A friend of mine who is an engineer could not beleive how good that Yamaha sounded. He even said it rivaled his vintage Ludwig. I was a little leary of spending 30-40 bucks for that Puresound, but in hindsight it was money VERY WELL spent. Puresound snares are the Shiznit!
Puresound wires rock. Even when I buy a $600 snare I'll still replace the wires and put some Puresounds on. Trust me it makes a huge difference. Even when I buy my Bell brass snare (around $1100), I'm still going to change out the snare wires and put some kind of Puresounds on there. A lot of people don't pay attention to the quality of the wires or how they are made. Puresound has a lot to choose from and if you go to their site you'll see what I mean. An export snare will never sound that great but put an Evans Hazy 300 and get some Puresound blaster wires, carefully tune the resonant head and you'll have a much better sounding snare.