I thought the snares were important enough to warrant their own blog post!!!
Main snare: DW 14” x 5” Supersolid maple with wood hoops
The wood hoops not only give an awesome rim shot and cross stick sound, but make this drum look a lot deeper than it is! The Supersolid Series are made by bending a single piece of wood, which is then routed inside and out to the correct size. This one has the extra thick 1” shell, with the reinforcement rings actually routed out of the same single piece rather than being separate.
Features include the brilliant MAG series throw off - almost brutally simple but smooth, silent and easy to adjust. The three-point adjustable butt plate allows you to swap between vintage flappy sounding snare response to more modern tighter sounding wires at the flick of a switch.
This bad boy is fitted with Evans Genera dry batter head, Hazy 300 snare side and Puresound Custom Pro wires.
This drum has a customised May system Shure SM57 internal mic with a non-drill audio vent connector. The mount had to be cut down and new fitting bolts used to fit to the shell as it is so slim. 5” at the bearing edge but with 45 degree cuts and a 1” thick shell, you are left with only about 3” internally to work with, whilst still avoiding the slim “routed in” reinforcement rings.
The mic is angled down toward the snares as that’s mainly what needs reinforcement live, and if it's a big gig the top head will normally be mic’d. Having both mics in the same plane eliminates phase cancellation problems (WAY too geeky to go into even on a geek blog!!!)
Second snare: Yamaha Jimmy Chamberlin Signature model
Featuring a 14” x 5.5” beaded steel shell in a satin chrome finish upgraded with a DW Mag throw off and wood hoops.
This snare is fitted with an Evans hybrid snare head, stock Yamaha reso and Puresound twisted double helix style wires. This drum is used as a main snare for more hard rock gigs (the hybrid head can take anything I can dole out!) or as a second snare if needed instead of the 12” tom, depending on what songs are being played.
Third snare: Yamaha piccolo
(the matching snare to my kit)
14” x 4” Piccolo Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau in blue-purple fade.
Featuring offset, single point quick release lugs, die cast aluminium hoops and an upgraded Gibraltar/Dunnett strainer.
It has been fitted with a ported Evans Genera batter, Hazy 300 snare head and Puresound Blaster snare wires.
Tuned high for a tight funk sound.
Fourth Snare: Yamaha Dave Weckl Signature 13” x 5.5” Maple snare
The first version of this snare with the wood grain shell, maple custom-style lugs and twin strainer.
Fitted with an Aquarian reverse dot batter head, stock Remo Ambassador snare side head one DW truetone snare wire and one Pearl snare wire,
The snares are tensioned so the Pearl is tight and snappy, the DW is looser and fuzzy, giving a variety of snare tones by having either or both wires engaged. This snare is also used when an open ringy tone is needed without snare wires (for example U2’s "Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", where the DW snare is just too focused).
Fifth Snare: Majestic Prophonic Aluminium 14” x 5.5”
Cast Aluminium shell with four different interchangeable snare wires, this drum can sound like a marching side drum, military field snare, electronic gated snare or a whole variety of other interesting unusual snare sounds (or just a regular metal snare if you are being boring!!!) It's great as a secondary effects snare.
Bought for me by my amazing, awesome wife as a present!
I have a choice of eight different snare wires, these are:
The snares can be turned on and off individually, or dropped together.
So...there we have it.
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