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Old 09-16-2011, 07:34 PM
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Default What do you use for snare straps?

I have been using Christmas bow felt type things instead of the plastic straps that cam with my snare. The downside is after a while, it stretches out and becomes so smooth, I can not clamp it down.

What do you use?
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:37 PM
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Grosgrain ribbon from your local arts and craft store works great. It's cheap, extremely durable and you get to choose from a variety of colors and designs to suit your own personnel taste. I've been using grosgrain ribbon for about four years now without issue.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:40 PM
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the plastic straps that cam with my snare
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:11 PM
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String is my preference such as is supplied with every set of Puresound snare wires. I prefer string to tape because it is easier to get even tension on the snares.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:47 PM
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For the last couple years I have used the Blue PureSound wire.
I just got a couple sets of Custom 20 wires with the new strap and clip design. I really like it.
I'm going to check out some of that Ribbon.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:49 PM
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For the last couple years I have used the Blue PureSound wire.
I just got a couple sets of Custom 20 wires with the new strap and clip design. I really like it.
I'm going to check out some of that Ribbon.
I love that strap and cotter pin design on the PureSound wires. Really the best and it allows for quick changes if you need to replace the wires.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:52 PM
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Grosgrain ribbon from your local arts and craft store works great. It's cheap, extremely durable and you get to choose from a variety of colors and designs to suit your own personnel taste. I've been using grosgrain ribbon for about four years now without issue.
Second that notion. I switched to grosgrain ribbon over the summer.
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:08 AM
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Grosgrain ribbon FTW!

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Old 09-17-2011, 05:20 AM
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i really liked using the ribbon like/felt type strips that came with my starclassic drum. i'm trying out those "wire" type ones with a new set of snare wires i got. they're definitely a bit more harder to setup (snare wires can be pulled too much to one side for example.)
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:35 AM
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I use the blue puresound strings.

I like D.I.Y ideas most of the time, but I fail to see the point in this case. Why buy grosgrain ribbon when it really has no advantages over the normal straps and wires that are actually made for the snare. I don't see how price is a issue here, because as far as I know snare straps don't really wear out. I have used the same puresound blue cord for 5 years.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:21 AM
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An old single-ply head, cut into strips.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:22 AM
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I use the blue puresound strings.

I like D.I.Y ideas most of the time, but I fail to see the point in this case. Why buy grosgrain ribbon when it really has no advantages over the normal straps and wires that are actually made for the snare. I don't see how price is a issue here, because as far as I know snare straps don't really wear out. I have used the same puresound blue cord for 5 years.
I blame Bob Gatzen for the idea of getting rid of the stock straps.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:17 AM
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I've been using the straps that came with the snare and duct tape in a pinch.

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An old single-ply head, cut into strips.
Such a simple and effective idea. Gonna copy that.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:51 PM
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I used to cut a single ply head for a snare strap for ages, but after hearing the drum with the Blue Puresound wire, I hated the way it sounded with the strap and couldn't use them anymore.

I could really hear the difference compared to string or wire.
I even bought a roll of that Blue wire so I'd "never" run out if they stopped making it.

The Puresound strap and pin thing is the first different method I've used in years, & it does not have the same effect as plastic straps at all.

I'll probably look into that ribbon though, because it really cheap for a roll. I have fabric shops near my house too, so it's no big deal to look at some.

Only 3 of my (12) snares have the PS wires with the ribbon strap/pin thing.
Those are my gigging snares.
I really like the PS wires, but at 20 bucks a pop, I'm not doing all my snares with a new wire set up!

The plastic strips "made" for snares is just cheap-o thin plastic cut to size. They started using it because it was cheap to offer and it didn't break like string. It wasn't "developed" for snare drum use at all.
The strap PS uses WAS made specifically for it's use, and the pin was a good idea--even though cotter pins have been around for eons.
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:04 PM
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I use the blue puresound strings.

I like D.I.Y ideas most of the time, but I fail to see the point in this case. Why buy grosgrain ribbon when it really has no advantages over the normal straps and wires that are actually made for the snare. I don't see how price is a issue here, because as far as I know snare straps don't really wear out. I have used the same puresound blue cord for 5 years.
For me the ribbon does have a couple of advantages over the plastic straps. Plastic straps tend to get bent into a shape and stay that way. This can make things more difficult then they have to be when changing the bottom head, especially if you didn't quite like how the snares were tensioned the last time around. The grosgrain ribbon doesn't do that which makes it easier to make minute adjustments when reattaching the snares to the drum. Also, I've had the the issue when playing drums while wearing shorts and my leg kept rubbing up against the corner of one of those plastic straps. I found that to be incredibly annoying, distracting and mildly painful. Grosgrain ribbon solved that issue for me as well. BTW, some snares come stock with grosgrain ribbon. One that comes to mind is Ludwig's "The Chief" snare drum.
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:13 PM
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A couple have plastic strips. The rest have run of the mill snare cord.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:08 PM
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I use specially spun ligaments harvested from freshly caught baby seals. I coat them in hydrolized American Eagle bone marrow. Only the best for me, since I am a politically correct drummer.

Er.. .. really I use the blue Puresound cord.

I do like the old drum head strip idea. Very clever.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:18 PM
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What ever comes with my snare. But I might switch to what TTNW is using.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:31 PM
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I use butt straps...

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Old 09-17-2011, 04:38 PM
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:42 PM
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:01 PM
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Yes butt straps. One of the latest "inside" jokes here at DW. I don't really use butt straps, there is no such thing. It's a derogatory term I came up with that was inspired by a thread. Proper useage.... "Man that guy is a butt strap".

Other "inside" jokes.

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Old 09-17-2011, 05:07 PM
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OK, now I get it.

I'm going to go adjust my butt straps now. Nice and low.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:07 PM
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TTNW, if you're not using the American BALD Eagle bone marrow, you're using the wrong stuff and getting jipped.

I hate when they try and pass other stuff off as the real deal.
The other stuff is only 1/4 as good, but almost the same cost--if it's even Eagle bone marrow! It could be just Hawk, or Falcon--which is REAL crap. Don't be fooled, Falcon marrow is garbage.

They need to regulate the labeling better, and crack down on the people putting out the junk.

Just tryin' to keep people informed.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:17 AM
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Barn Owl testes are quite effective I hear.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:40 AM
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TTNW, if you're not using the American BALD Eagle bone marrow, you're using the wrong stuff and getting jipped.

I hate when they try and pass other stuff off as the real deal.
The other stuff is only 1/4 as good, but almost the same cost--if it's even Eagle bone marrow! It could be just Hawk, or Falcon--which is REAL crap. Don't be fooled, Falcon marrow is garbage.

They need to regulate the labeling better, and crack down on the people putting out the junk.

Just tryin' to keep people informed.
The package on mine says Eco Friendly so..

.. I suppose I'm an ass for mocking this thread a little but tell me.

Besides even tension, is there really an advantage to one kind of strap to another, as long as it doesn't stretch or break?
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:50 AM
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Besides even tension, is there really an advantage to one kind of strap to another, as long as it doesn't stretch or break?
If there is, then it's a better ear than mine who can pick it. My snares still sound like snares regardless of what's holding them in place. Once the band cranks up around me....forget it. ;-)
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:51 AM
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This is usually the part where people come in and use pseudoscience to try and convince us it makes a sonic difference...
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:08 AM
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I like the PureSound indexed nylon straps with the shepherds crook pins.
I know that the sound isn't altered by the strap.
I just like them.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:44 AM
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I like the PureSound indexed nylon straps with the shepherds crook pins.
I know that the sound isn't altered by the strap.
Actually, the sound is HEAVILY impacted by the strap! Depending on the type of wire, thickness of plastic, and even how much of a notch is contoured out of the bottom of the snare strand ends (and how the attaching straps sit in said notch), you can have anywhere from a boxy sound to a tight, snappy sound. The Puresounds don't hold a candle to the new Evans snare straps...have you seen the new Gatzen video? He goes into all of the technological advances that their labs have spent years developing. Be sure to listen to the audio files with super-high-quality headphones, otherwise you won't hear the difference. [/sarcasm]

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I just like them.
No, you don't. You're just saying that, but really, you're holding on to troubled feelings from your upbringing that you've repressed all throughout your adult life, and it's shaping the way you're hearing your snares. A couple of years of intense shock therapy and emotional fits of sobbing will do wonders for your snare sound, Bobda...

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This is usually the part where people come in and use pseudoscience to try and convince us it makes a sonic difference...
Crap.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:59 AM
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An old single-ply head, cut into strips.
I've done this too. Works great but I rarely have to change the stock strips.
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If there is, then it's a better ear than mine who can pick it. My snares still sound like snares regardless of what's holding them in place. Once the band cranks up around me....forget it. ;-)
Yes I agree. I like the blue puresound cord because it's easy to take in and out and doesn't get in the way, no sound difference as far as I can tell. If there is a sound difference I'd think it was would be positive, just because it's a tiny bit less material touching the hardware that's touching the drum ;)
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I'm using the strap and pin system on the puresound custom pros. Really awesome, great for quick changes. I can actually carry a couple sets around and decide mid show to switch one out. I can be like, "what fits better here, a 24 strand steel wire or a 16 strand brass?" you get the idea.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:37 AM
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Curiosity just got the better of me. I took the snare cord off my Supra and replaced it with a plastic strip. As I said before, it's clearly a better ear than mine that will discern any difference. I noticed nothing of consequence.

So in the interest of fairness, I tried it on my BB......then I tried it on my maple FF....again, nothing discernable. Certainly nothing that leads me to believe it really matters a pinch what is actually used. I guess I could keep working through snare drums, but I gave up after three considering the results were all the same and that I couldn't a/b two identical drums side by side without the changeover anyway.


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Actually, the sound is HEAVILY impacted by the strap!
Tuning heavily impacts the sound. Head selection heavily impacts the sound. Shell material heavily impacts the sound. I'm just not so sure snare wires/strips or cord is anything more than negligible, Caddy.

I'm not saying there is nothing to it, but I do think that unless it's an exceptionally sensitive ear we're talking about, for the most part, the subtleties are gonna be lost .

At any rate, I don't think this is an issue worth losing sleep over. :-)
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It just so happeneds that I was fooling around with different snares and snare straps the other day.
I put maple hoops on my Safari snare drum and I tried a few different snare setups afterwards.
There was no noticeable difference due to the brand of snare wire and straps.
I installed 3 different brands of 24 strand med quality snares on the drum that I had on my work desk.
A Pearl, A Puresound, and a Gibraltar.
I wound up going with the 24 strand brass PureSound snares in the end.
Simply because it was the last snare strainer that I tried and I decided that it was time to play the drum!

The wooden hoops made a big difference in the sound of this inexpensive drum though.
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Jules, I think you've been had...by Caddy. He's an evil jester.
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Yes He Is, :)
Caddy did say that he was being sarcastic.
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Caddy did say that he was being sarcastic.
After the fact, Bobby....after the bloody fact mate. :-)

As a somewhat feeble defence, you'll find the [sarcasm] was added as an after thought.

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