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Old 07-10-2011, 08:41 PM
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Default Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

If I can get some advice on how to fix my snare wires loosening while I play. I know that the knob on the strainer loosening isn't what's causing the problem because after playing for a while and the snares have loosened if i switch the throw off off and on again the snares are tight again. And if I tighten the snares to compensate for the looseness, the next time i switch the throw off off and on again the snares are now overly tight. I'm thinking that there might be a problem inside strainer, but I really am not entirely sure. My snare drum is a Grestch 14x4.5 basswood Blackhawk snare. If anyone has had this problem or knows of a solution please reply. Thanks
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:09 AM
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Default Re: Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

What kind of snare/ strainer do you have?
(pics would be helpful)
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:36 AM
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Default Re: Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

It sounds like your strainer might be worn out and time for a new one.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:07 PM
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Default Re: Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

My new Grestch Full Range 14x6.5 snare drum does the same thing actually! The drum itself is great but the snares just keep coming loose and it's extremely annoying. I really hope I don't have to change the strainer already...
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:30 PM
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Default Re: Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

Yeah i also had this problem. I changed the strainer and have had no problems since.
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

Well the strainer is about 5 years old and quite stiff and I was considering getting a new one, but I'd really like to know if there is a way I could manually fix it myself. Anyway here are a few pics of the strainer since someone wanted a few pics.









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Old 07-15-2011, 09:11 PM
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Default Re: Please help! Snares Wires loosen while playing.

The problem is all those five years can you count the number of times you tightened them, loosened them, turned them on and off? its a mechanical devise and will wear out over time I mean the metal inside wears out to the point of having problems like what your experiencing now. My guess would be its a goner and it would be easier to replace it, But when you get a new one if you want to prolong the life of it get some gun oil and grease that can be applied sparingly and put the slightest amount on the moving parts and it will last years longer and have smoother operation. anytime you have dry metal scraping against dry metal it will were out.
And they are built as a throw away item, riveted together because bolts and screws would loosen and fall out, and some just are not that good to begin with, even on some of the higher end stuff as well.
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