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Old 02-08-2018, 10:11 PM
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Default Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

Just got a used Gretsch snare with the snap-in key holder but no key...

Is it practical or just a gimmick? Does it make noise when you play?

I figure the more drum keys, the better, rather than not having one handy, but if it's no good I won't waste ten bucks on one.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:19 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

Works fine.
Unfortunately they do tend to break over time.
Got two used Gretsch snares and they both came with busted holders.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:27 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

On my 1980 snare it still holds tight. I do admit I never use the key though since I always have other keys to use - like how Charlie Watts always has that extra key on a rod on his rack tom.
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:18 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

It doesn't make noise and the inserted key shouldn't rattle at all. Most keys will fit too. It doesn't have to be a Gretsch key.

If it ever stops holding the key properly, you should be able to tweak it and have it working again. I think it's just some wire under stress.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:27 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

The practicality is that you always have a key, and you know where it is. Iron Cobras come with a key and allen tool, and I cant tell you how many times that key has bailed me out. I try to bring one with me to every gig, and I have several in the glove box of my truck, but on many occasions I have gotten on stage to set up and realized I didn't have a key on me, so I had to use the one on my pedals. So having one on the snare would be just as useful.
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:34 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

Thanks for the replies. Eclipse, I agree it's a great idea, I just wanted to know if it actually worked.

There's always a spare in the stick bag somewhere, but hunting for it could be inconvenient depending where you're playing.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:51 PM
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Most keys will fit too. It doesn't have to be a Gretsch key.
No ,in my experience only a Gretsch key works properly.
Peal ,Tama and various others won't fit tightly and will rattle.

I've got two different Gretsch snares (new classic and a 4166 COB ) and they both require a Gretsch key.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:54 PM
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Mine makes no noise. Find them on Ebay
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:27 AM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

I had one mounted on my kicks hoop back in the day. Always handy and stayed put, even after years on the road.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare snap-in key practical?

I've molded key holders out of Sugru and put them on my hi-hat stand and other places for ease of access.
Great stuff to fix small issues and hold things you'd rather not lose.
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