Looking for a Snare Set Recommendation

bodhran

Well-known member
Hello,
I recently bought a Slingerland Haskell W. Harr 10x14 parade snare drum. It's dated 1962.
By the catalog I believe it to be the model 536F in Mahogany.
I'd like to continue to use the Zoomatic strainer, as it is in great shape.
However, I'd like to get away from the individual snare wires and attach a snare set.
Any recommendations on that is greatly appreciated!
Thank you!
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
Is this what it looks like with the wires? I've managed to McGyver snare wires onto my marching snare by simply looping the cord around the mechanism. It's not the best solution but it works, and you won't notice unless you look for it, haha.

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bodhran

Well-known member
Let me clarify my original question.
What I should have asked is, "what snare set is recommended for this type of snare drum."
Rather than how do I attach it to the strainer.
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
Let me clarify my original question.
What I should have asked is, "what snare set is recommended for this type of snare drum."
Rather than how do I attach it to the strainer.
A 20 to 24 strand Puresound set will work just fine. For a thicker sound, you could go with more strands.

My Ludwig marching snare originally came with synthetic gut wires. I replaced them with standard Ludwig snares and it sounds fine.

Just make sure the snare bed is designed for a standard wire configuration. My marching snare had gut snares that hung over the edge like a Ludwig Supersensitive strainer, so there were almost no snare beds at all.

It looked just like this...

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I carefully sanded down the snare beds myself to accommodate the new wires. Works great now!
 

bodhran

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Thanks very much for the follow-up response.
The snare beds are very pronounced. See photo.
 

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larryace

"Uncle Larry"
There really is no such thing a snare wires recommended for any drum.

It's more of a function of how you want your snare wires to sound.

Brass to my ear is brightest, with the unchromed steel like PureSounds a little darker and ballsier than brass, and to my ear chrome "snappy" wires sit between brass and raw steel.

What's your poison?
 

bodhran

Well-known member
20-24 strand wires would be perfect.
Any experience or thoughts on this snare unit?

14" 24 Strand Fat Cat Dual Adjustable Snappy Snare Wires
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
Let me clarify my original question.
What I should have asked is, "what snare set is recommended for this type of snare drum."
Rather than how do I attach it to the strainer.
Depends upon what your doing.
If you want a ballsy dry marching sound ,stick with the gut snares.
You're pretty much stuck with cord attaching ,so no nylon straps.
Being an old DCI guy from way back,you can redo the gut snares using tennis strings for cheap (under $5 bucks) if that's your issue as they stretch and loosen after all those years.
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
Any experience or thoughts on this snare unit?

14" 24 Strand Fat Cat Dual Adjustable Snappy Snare Wires
I've never used Fat Cat snares, but I've heard only good things.
 

Bozozoid

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Any experience or thoughts on this snare unit?

14" 24 Strand Fat Cat Dual Adjustable Snappy Snare Wires
Been using them for 20 years now...love'm
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Depends upon what your doing.
If you want a ballsy dry marching sound ,stick with the gut snares.
You're pretty much stuck with cord attaching ,so no nylon straps.
Being an old DCI guy from way back,you can redo the gut snares using tennis strings for cheap (under $5 bucks) if that's your issue as they stretch and loosen after all those years.

we still use the tennis racquet strings even today!! Funny how somethings stand the test of time....no double hooping anymore though! Or taking the snares off of the outside 2 guys and filling the drum with stuffing....
 

timmdrum

Silver Member
Some thoughts on the Fat Cat adjustables here and here. My personal summary is, I love 'em. They perform exactly as described- crisp AND buttery/sensitive- and it sounds great.

One of my two sets- one came stock on an Ahead snare, the other purchased a few years later for another snare, and the screw is slightly different- had the screw back out during a gig. (I found it, but so as to not risk it happening again, I just tightened it all the way, losing the desired effect, but they still sounded good, like similar non-adjustable wires. The middle set stayed put after the screw came out but it became too loose for my taste.) I don't recall if it's the older or newer ones. It may have been on me for having it too loose. Haven't been able to test this, as it happened shortly before COVID.
 

bodhran

Well-known member
Fantastic information all!
We are going to proceed with a "Fat Cat" snare set on the Slingerland. We've already have a Fiberskyn Ambassador on the batter side.
I should have mentioned before, this drum will likely be used as a concert snare and not for marching (it's kinda small.) Also, might use it occasionally with a small kit.
Any suggestions for the snare side with the aforementioned snare set?
Thanks everybody!
 

Old Dog new Cans

Senior Member
I do NOT have that exact set of Fat Cat wires, but I do have a nice set on a snare I built. EXCELLENT. They're great. Well made.
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
we still use the tennis racquet strings even today!! Funny how somethings stand the test of time....no double hooping anymore though! Or taking the snares off of the outside 2 guys and filling the drum with stuffing....
Don't forget the hair spray to lacquer them if they're real gut.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Don't forget the hair spray to lacquer them if they're real gut.

yep... some people still do that to the tennis racquet strings....that is too snappy of a sound for me
 

bodhran

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Hey folks, thanks for all the advice you sent my way on this project!
I thought you might want to hear the Haskell Harr with the 14" 24 Strand Fat Cat Dual Adjustable Snappy Snare Wires set.

 
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