Whats is the difference?

Jon_Norman

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Just wondering what the difference between a 20 ply snare and a 50 ply snare is? I assuming it makes a different sound, but how so? I sould really know the answer to this but, everyone has to be told for the first time.
 

Timekeep69

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The thicker the shell, the less it resonates also producing a higher pitch. Also the thicker the shell, the louder the drum.
 

FelterSkelter

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Timekeep69":2bbbahu5 said:
The thicker the shell, the less it resonates also producing a higher pitch. Also the thicker the shell, the louder the drum.
Am I wrong or would a thicker shell take a heavier hitter to produce a desired tone? More mass requires more mass to move, no? I know this is true of heads, but I could be wild.
 

anavrinIV

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FelterSkelter":3284ixch said:
Timekeep69":3284ixch said:
The thicker the shell, the less it resonates also producing a higher pitch. Also the thicker the shell, the louder the drum.
Am I wrong or would a thicker shell take a heavier hitter to produce a desired tone? More mass requires more mass to move, no? I know this is true of heads, but I could be wild.
actually in this case i think its the opposite. because of the natural characteristic of the shell to be much louder a softer hit will produce the same volume as a harder hit on a thinner shelled drum. with those very thick shelled drums ghost notes are accentuated (depending on the tuning) and a hard hit will make your snare overpower everything.

honestly, i dont know that i would want a 50 ply snare....i wanted a 20 but the guy i was going to order it from wasnt taking anymore orders. i ended up getting an 8 ply vented snare and its loud as about anything ive heard. i know that its not the loudest thing out there but it works perfectly for me.
 

Timekeep69

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Because the shell is so thick, there is less resonance so in actuallity, you don't have to hit it as hard.

A 50 ply snare would weigh a ton too.
 

Nhara

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i don't think i've ever seen a 50-ply snare, but like everyone else who's already posted the more plys u add on the thicker and less resonate the shell becomes. depending on what style and sound ur going for u have to pick the number of plys. on top of that, what drum heads are u going to put on it and how do u tune, where do u place ur snare strings. everything about drummer is personal, we're just here to add suggestions
 

Daneman

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Here's another way to look at it:

While the drum may be 14", it's really the diamater from the inner plies, not the outer, that matters most. If a 14" drum is 50 plies, the distance between the inner plies is probably less than 12". The drum sounds that tight and high pitched- almost like a soprano snare- because in essence you're really playing a 12" drum.
 

christopherabruce

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Because a 50 ply is so heavy, I'd assume that you would have to hit it much harder to get any good sound out of it. I've never played such a thick drum, but can't the choked sound be accomplished with tuning and muffling?

Christopher

Timekeep69":2pq79unu said:
Because the shell is so thick, there is less resonance so in actuallity, you don't have to hit it as hard.

A 50 ply snare would weigh a ton too.
 
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