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Old 06-25-2011, 04:48 PM
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Default Snare wires?

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I'm looking at some snare wires, and was wondering what the different amount of strands do, and how they affect the sound.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:27 PM
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more strands = more sound, less strands and it will "dry" up the sound. 20 strand seems to be the norm on reg snares but play around with it and see what you like. just remember more strands = the potential for more buzzing.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: Snare wires?

More wires = more snare sound, less shell tone. Less wires = less snare sound, more shell tone.

Zarrdoss is right, I just thought it worth clarifying that "more sound" doesn't mean a louder drum. It means more snare sound.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:59 AM
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more strands = more sound, less strands and it will "dry" up the sound. 20 strand seems to be the norm on reg snares but play around with it and see what you like. just remember more strands = the potential for more buzzing.
2nd the more buzzing! Not only may you get more sympathetic buzz from the toms, but your snare will buzz more when hit off - center with more strands. This depends also on the head and tuning. The Puresound Custom Pro Steels are nice, but IMO weren't that impressive. They are quite sensitive though. The standard DW wires compete well with them.

If your snare is out of tune, than that off - center buzz turns into an ugly bark!

Brass wires will give a brighter sound.

Are your current wires bad, or are you trying for a particular sound?
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:25 AM
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Years ago the normal number of wires would have been 12, now a days it seems as if 20 is the norm and a good compromise. I don't feel a need for more than 20 because of the issues that were already noted, but some use more I guess. I've seen them as many as 40.

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