no. of lugs

notefreak

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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.
 

Timekeep69

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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.
 

Steaky

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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.
 

Alan_

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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.
 

notefreak

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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?
 

Alan_

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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.
 

Steaky

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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?
 

Timekeep69

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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.
 

Alan_

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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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