Sensitive Snares


Senior Member
Hey all,

I've been keeping my heads relatively tight over the past month (I'm playing a lot of jazz) and I'm finding my snares are very sensitive to tight heads - especially my 12" rack tom. I believe it is the harmonics this tom is producing that makes the snare go crazy. I've been putting up with it for a bit, but I can;t stand it much longer. Is there any tuning technique that would help minimise such noise? (Oh, I'm using coated Ambassadors on top and Clear Ambassadors on the bottom - same with the snare). I'm happy with my snare sound and I feel tightening the snares too much would only choke the drum and wear out the wires. I could go with drum-gum or tape but I'm a bit of a purist and like my resonance. Any suggestions?



Platinum Member
If you want to leave your snare as it is, then tweak the tom....either pitch it slighly higher OR lower than where it is now. You won't have to do too much to it, just enough to eliminate the sympathetic buzz. That should see you right.