Snare Strainers - Thick vs. Thin


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Yea, I probably could have Googled this issue but I like discussions, and learning things firsthand through people who know rather than random information if possible. So bear with me.

In Wy’s equipment thread, he has a couple snares with very thick strainers – I think he mentioned that one was forty strands.

What does a thicker strainer vs. a thinner one do to the sound? I have a few logical guesses that I’ve contrived, but they are just that: guesses. I’ve never played with anything but the stock stuff so haven’t a clue, really.

Input? :) Thanks gang.


Platinum Member
I'm thinking you're referring to the wires, yeah?

In a nutshell, more snare wires basically give more "snare" sound. Often found on brighter sounding drums or drums where a lot of drum shell tone is prominant. A 42 strand wire will provide more snare sound to balance out the sound of the shell. In my experience, more commonly found on metal shells, but that's not to say I haven't seen them on wood either.


Senior Member
Pocket-full-of-Gold is absolutely correct. More wires (thicker strainers) means more sound of snare, and less wires (thinner strainers)
means more tone of the drum itself. I actually did an experiment with this. Took my 13"Tama Shaggy snare and started with 20 wires,
cut off 2 and 2 wires at a time and playing the snare in between. It's amazing how much difference it can make.

Now that snare only has 6 wires left, and I love it! x-)

Btw, I think Bob Gatzen has a video on this up on youtube somewhere. Ah, here it is: =""


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My snare drum only has 8 snare wires. You can really hear the sound of the drum come through.