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Old 01-24-2015, 09:07 AM
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Hey guys, ever since I had a guy tell me to check my snare beds to see it they were wide enough for 42 strand snare wires, I've been really curious about something. I own 3 snares. A newer PDP Maple Concept, a 2008? Tama Starclassic Birch, and a 1968 Ludwig Supraphonic.

The Supra has a clear snare bed bent into the shell on the bottom side on both sides of the snare mounting system, so I get that one. However, on the other 2 wood drums, I can see absolutely no discernible difference in the bottom bearing edge, anywhere around the edge of the drum. Now, granted, this is with the snare side head still on and tuned up, but there is no visible difference.

I'm just wondering if anyone has either of these 2 wood drums or if someone could show me exactly what a snare bed on a wood drum looks like.

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Old 01-24-2015, 09:12 AM
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It's probably a very subtle bed that starts further than you think. You probably have to remove the head and gently sit the drum on a flat surface to see it.
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:26 PM
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Put it on a counter top and place a flashlight down thru the top and look for light where the snare strainer and butt are attached. I am having a drum sent to me after returning two that had snare beds that were wide and only 1-2mm at the deepest. I am getting on that is 3-4mm. some are not very prominent
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:08 PM
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Default Re: Snare Beds????

The Rogers Dyna-Sonic from the 60's had an advertised snare bed of .004"

Bed depth and profile will vary from drum to drum and from maker to maker.

Flat surface, identify the bed width, which will be more difficult than it sounds like if they are gradual and not well defined. Feeler guage..... and you will know, either in MM or SAE depending on your guage.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:33 PM
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Thanks guys, I might try that today if I get the chance.
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The Rogers Dyna-Sonic from the 60's had an advertised snare bed of .004"
The average thickness of a human hair. Like they had anything close that level of control given the methods used ;)
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:49 AM
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I checked the Starclassic. Looks like it has between 2 and 4 millimeter bed and it's about 6 - 8 inches wide. At least that's what I saw. I did take pictures. I'm just to lazy to upload them right now.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:13 PM
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An average is up to 1/8" deep and about as wide as the distance between lugs for wider snare sets. There is usually a gradual curve to it. I would consider this profile for 42 strand wires. If it is too narrow, all of the snare wires will not come into full play. Ludwig uses a fairly wide profile, and works well with about everything.
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I checked my pdp concept last night and it was at most 1/8 inch deep and was exactly as wide as between 2 lugs. The very gradual taper was from 1 lug to the other...

I'm just not too sure how I feel about the 42 strand wires of this snare.
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