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Old 09-06-2010, 04:51 PM
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Default snare side head splitting?

so ive just been playing and my snare soundly sounds horrible

no break in the top head (never broken one^^)

i turned it over and find this:
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the yellow dots are where its split

its a remo ambassador snare head so its not even like its a low quality head :P

guess ive got go buy a new one anyway^^
any recommendations (possibly aquarian)
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:00 PM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

It happens sometimes. Snare bottoms are super thin heads.
I always bring a backup snare when I gig.
All of the bottom snare heads from the major head companies are good.
I use Aquarian and Evans mostly.

Sometimes a small sharp piece of grit gets in the drum shell and it lodges itself between the head and the bearing edge. It eventually cuts the head and "poof" the head splits.
Sometimes they just split on their own.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:06 PM
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It happens sometimes. Snare bottoms are super thin heads.
I always bring a backup snare when I gig.
All of the bottom snare heads from the major head companies are good.
I use Aquarian and Evans mostly.

Sometimes a small sharp piece of grit gets in the drum shell and it lodges itself between the head and the bearing edge. It eventually cuts the head and "poof" the head splits.
Sometimes they just split on their own.
ah ok, just annoying as i was just getting into a groove :P

im just about to pop down to GAK to by myself a new one

might aswell get some new bottom heads for all my drums as therew still using the stock gretsch ones^^

would you think of the classic clear heads by aquarian?
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:10 PM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

Yup, it doesnt happen very often. I had the same thing a few months ago, it was a Ludwig head which I replaced with a Remo snare side head, sounds way better than the origional Ludwig head did.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:12 PM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

I use Evans Genera G1 clear on all of my Gretsch toms and a Hazy 300 for a snare side head.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:04 PM
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ah ok, just annoying as i was just getting into a groove :P

im just about to pop down to GAK to by myself a new one

might aswell get some new bottom heads for all my drums as therew still using the stock gretsch ones^^

would you think of the classic clear heads by aquarian?
I like the Classic clear heads. I use them often with No problems.
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:51 AM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

Go with the evans Hazy 300 its a great and durable resonant head.
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:50 AM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

Argh! I've had that happen to me one song in, in a 90 minute set. Thank god I had my backup snare.
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:01 AM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

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would you think of the classic clear heads by aquarian?
Yeah. Great head.

Just make sure you get the Classic Clear Snare Bottom. Apologies if that was too obvious...
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:49 AM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

Same thing happened to me with the exact same head, just a few days ago. I couldn't seem to find any problems with my snare wires, or any grit that may have punctured it. It basically happened over night.

The only real option I have is to buy a replacement, they're not that expensive. It's just a bit tedious.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:06 AM
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Default Re: snare side head splitting?

Here is a pic of an Aquarian Classic coated snare batter that split on me at a gig a few weeks ago.
It had about six hours of play time on it.
I played a rim shot and POOF! Nothing!
Do-Do happens!
This was the first time that this happened to me in over 20 years.
I had my back up snare with me as always.
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