Secondary Snare

zephead19

Senior Member
Hello everybody this is my first thread. I am fairly new to drumming as i am 13 and have been playing since i was ten. This may seem like a dumb question but, I have been doing a lot of drumming research lately and have frequently come across the idea of a secondary snare. I was wondering what the purpose of this snare was and why you would purchase one?
All help on this will be greatly appreciated
Thanks!

James
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Like all of the other drums, it just provides a different sound. Your main snare may be deep and wet sounding and your secondary may be shallow and tight and crisp, like a piccolo snare etc.
 

zephead19

Senior Member
That can only be your decision. Some people can use them all the time (see Morgan Agren) but some might find no use in them or that they dont like them.
Thanks for the advice! Any recommendations for a good secondary that is fairly inexpensive (200-300 dollars)
 

SGT_Drummer

Senior Member
Thanks for the advice! Any recommendations for a good secondary that is fairly inexpensive (200-300 dollars)
I just bought a Pearl Firecracker for like 100ish if I remember correctly. Whatever the price is on Musician's Friend. I also got a Pearl Piccolo relatively cheap as well. I've played on both before and they are definitely worth the money.
 

Ekim

Silver Member
I really like my Tama Mike Portnoy 5x12 steel snare for my secondary. I sometimes put it above my high toms.

There's a huge tonal difference between any of my 14's and that drum. Plus with the dual setting strainer, you can change between three different snare sounds very quickly. You get tighter, looser and off (which makes it into a cool timbale-like drum since I crank the heads pretty tight).
 

TitanSound

Pioneer Member
Like all of the other drums, it just provides a different sound. Your main snare may be deep and wet sounding and your secondary may be shallow and tight and crisp, like a piccolo snare etc.
My reasons exactly.

I have a beast of a Free Floating brass 14x6.5 main snare and a Pearl Piccolo 13x3 Maple. 2 contrasting sounds that work well for different songs/parts of songs.
 

brotherbaker

Senior Member
These guys all nailed it. I have a cheap little PDP piccolo that I crank down real tight. I use it during breakdowns/intros that typically have a 'drum machine' feel to them. I would guess that they are more useful in these situations. I highly doubt many people use them through an entire song. In a live setting, I do not mic the side snare, which gives it more of a far away, distant sound which breaks it up a bit. The overheads or other mics just pick it up enough to add a real nice effect.
 

freebirdgdw

Silver Member
I don't know if it's what brotherbaker is talking about but you can get a pdp 10"x6" 805 snare pretty cheap (about £100). I think it's a fairly decent cheap side snare that quite a few people have, it's the one I want for my first side snare anyway :)
 

zephead19

Senior Member
excellent choice! they have a very unique pop to them. enjoy the new toy!
Thanks! They are also fairly inexpensive so I hope I can purchase one soon!!

Would you recommend 10 or 12 inches?

Also wood (poplar) or steel?
 
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Drumsword

Pioneer Member
I just bought a Pearl Firecracker for like 100ish if I remember correctly. Whatever the price is on Musician's Friend. I also got a Pearl Piccolo relatively cheap as well. I've played on both before and they are definitely worth the money.
I have a Pearl firecracker (wood) as well. Money well spent.
 

zephead19

Senior Member
Thanks everybody! Which is better in your opinion a 12x5 Pork Pie Little Squealer or a 12x5 Pearl Firecracker? Thanks for the input
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I posted this elsewhere today but it fits here as an example of three different sounds, so the auxiliary will give you two with your main snare.
 

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