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Old 01-18-2013, 08:43 PM
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Default Making a crappy snare sound its best

I have a 14-inch aluminum (I think) snare that came standard with the Tama Swingstar kit from somewhere between the late 90's and early 00's. I realize only so much can be done to make this thing sound good because it's cheap, but what would your recommendations be? What drum head would you use? I've been using Evans Genera Dry and could never get the sound that I want, but maybe that's due to improper tuning or some other factor? What would you do with this thing if you had to use it?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:51 PM
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Default Re: Making a crappy snare sound it's best

Depends on the sound you're after. Personally, I'd put a G1 or similar coated single ply head on it. Crank it up a bit. Crank the reso up a lot. Don't tighten the wires too much, & let it deliver what it has to offer. Embrace the overtones. Accept that they'll give the drum life when in a band situation, & be happy.

A Genera Dry is fine in some situations, but it's as dry as hell, & sucks up life from the out front sound.

If all else fails, I'll send you a Guru badge to put on it. At least you'll think it sounds better ;) ;) ;)
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:59 PM
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The main thing that bugs me is the tinny ring it has, but maybe it's just going to do that being an aluminum drum? I'll be using it in an upcoming 50's country music tribute show. It doesn't have to compete with much or be in the forefront due to the simple style, but I want it to have a nice, crisp snap if possible.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:18 PM
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I like the sound of that ebony stave you have there. :)
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:15 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxm3QunDjUs

Step by step guide:

-Tune reso to G. Proceed with tuning the batter head step by step as you're playing it. Is it your desired sound? Great! If not:

-Tune reso to G#. Repeat batter head process. Still not the desired sound?

-Tune reso to A. Repeat batter head process...

You can probably guess what the next step would be!

If this method fails, not even Bob Gatzen can help!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:27 PM
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Default Re: Making a crappy snare sound it's best

Thanks, Sjogros! I'm gonna try the G1 head and tuning method you suggested.
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