Thread: John Bonham
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Old 08-20-2006, 08:16 AM
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Default Re: John Bonham

Originally Posted by pdp 9091
Ok I just got my vintage blue/olive badge supraphonic snare in the mail today. (6.5X14). I want that classic Bonham sound. I watched the Jeff Ocheltree video on how tune buts its very vague. I know he said remo emperor coated on the top and ambassador on bottom (is the ambassador clear or coated on the bottom side?) Bonham also used a 42 strand system which I can buy from gibralter. Anything else I need to know about tuning. I think the resonant head is cranked wayyy up and the batter is also cranked but not as high. Will this get me the sound im looking for?
First off you want to use a Coated Emperor on the batter side, on the bottom use a clear Ambassador or a clear Diplomat. I am pretty sure Bonzo used clear for the bottom, I have never heard of anyone using anything else. The bottom head should be cranked up significantly higher then the top. The top head should be cranked up high but not to the point of choking the sound. You want the snares to be loose so that you can hear the sensitivity of the snares. You are looking for a nice snarey sound. Sometimes I use a drum dial and to give you an idea my snare batter side is at 90. The bottom is at 100 maybe a little more. You want to make sure you have good seperation between the bottom head and the batter side. Also the way you strike the drum will have an effect on the sound. I would say about 98% of the time Bonzo would strike the snare using a rim shot for power. I hope this helps, enjoy that Supraphonic they are the best!
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