saw a gorgeous 9x13 TRICK snare on ebay...but it is a 6 lug drum...when I noticed that...it looked 'lug challenged!' is a six lug snare an issue when it comes to tuning? Better...worse...doesn't matter?
Thank you !
Thank you !
That's true for some, but not the absolute rule. Pearl Reference 13" snares are 6 lug. They are very high quality. They sell for $350-$700. I've never played any Trick drums, but Trick is a good quality name, as far as I know.6 lugs would usually ring alarm bells. Simply not enough to ensure even tuning around the head, & also unlikely to attain higher tunings without straining something. That said. if the hoop is super strong (way more than even good cast hoops), & the lugs have very long thread depth, in theory, it could be good. On balance of probability, I'd say it's likely to be of poor quality. With the exception of speciality design, a low lug count is almost always a cost saving measure.
I was thinking the same thing...but as said trick makes a great drum...the throw alone is worth alot..Did this begin it's life as a 13x9 tom that someone modified into a snare? most modern 13's are 8 lugs. anyway I love 13x9 snares. If it's not super expensive I wouldn't be too worried.
The Reference snare and the Weckl signature actually have 8 lugs. However, the Akira Jimbo does have only six.6 lugs kinda scares me too. BUT I realized its more common than you think. BHG is right, The Pearl Refernce Series 13" snares are 6 lugs, and the Yamaha Akira Jimbo snare a 13" with only 6 lugs... wood hoop too. The Dave Weckl sig snare is also a 13" with 6 lugs.
I'm currently converting a 13" tom into a snare, and I was going to go with 8 lugs, but I decided to go 6 so I could by some Yamaha wood hoops