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    Advice for increasing snare sensitivity on new build

    Thanks Redfern- knowing where the drum is, 6" ash with more tone than snare sensitivity- it seems it may have to stay as a rock drum and have that be that. I still may play with widening the beds, and trying a variety of wires and diplomats on the resonant side. Appreciate the input. On a 6"...
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    Advice for increasing snare sensitivity on new build

    Sure did. I just assumed that was the way to roll since all my favorite snares have em. Thanks Rock Salad-
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    Advice for increasing snare sensitivity on new build

    Thanks for the advice. To answer your question, I'd like the drum to be good for rock sounds where the ring adds tone and character and can have a big sound. But, I'd also like to able to muffle just a bit w/gaffers tape and crank it up a little more and play it in a jazz setting. Either way...
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    Advice for increasing snare sensitivity on new build

    Good morning guys- I recently built a 6x14 ash ply drum. The bearing edges are 30 degrees, rounded over lightly by hand. Both sides. The snare beds were filed by hand, only laying back about 1/16th-1/8 of an inch (and they are only 3 inches or so wide). Trick throw. Snare side ambassador...
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    Favorite bearing edges for snares?

    What would you do on a more "everyday" bottom side? Same angle, just less sharp?
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    Favorite bearing edges for snares?

    That's gorgeous. When you say flattening it out with the finer sand paper, roughly how many passes/how much time did you spend softening that out? It still looks pretty dang sharp. Did you also cut this edge on the bottom?
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    Favorite bearing edges for snares?

    6.5 x 14 snare shell done (ash). Trying to decide on what to do when I route the edges. What's your favorite angle/profile when you build out snares? I'm looking for good punch, but am totally fine with some ring.
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    Best prices on hardware: lugs, rims, etc?

    Awesome to hear. Thank you all- I'll give them a try.
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    Best prices on hardware: lugs, rims, etc?

    Hello all. Where do you source your lugs, hoops, throws, and heads from? I am dying to get the price down a bit on some of the stuff I'm building. The margins just aren't much once you put the price tag on it. Any sites or insider knowledge is welcome. Many thanks!
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    Best finish for veneer

    I don't have a professional spray rig. I can spray it, but it would have to be from a spray can. (probably not ideal?)
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    Best finish for veneer

    I have wrapped a snare in a cool veneer. What is the best choice for finishing it? Water or petroleum-based? I am looking for a bit of a sheen (doesn't need to be super high gloss), and a decent amount of protection. Any input is greatly appreciated. Will post photos after it dries. -Will
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    Butt Plate with Adjustable Vertical Spacing? Gretsch Shell

    I acquired a Gretsch shell with no hardware. It has vertical spacing for the throw and butt plate. The butt plate is vertical, 5/8" spacing. I know you can get an Inde-type adjustable throw, but can't seem to find anything that works in a similar fashion for a butt plate. Attached photo...
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    Cutting bearing edges without marring/chipping the exterior

    Understood. I may have gotten too aggressive with that first pass. I had been doing the outer edge clockwise around the bit, and the inner edge counter clockwise around the bit. Lots to learn. When you say that you hit your cut ending right on the 2nd ply line, can you explain a couple...
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    Cutting bearing edges without marring/chipping the exterior

    Tommy this is outstanding info. I really appreciate you taking the time to lay that out. The 45 degree bit I'm using is new, it's a half inch shank and the diameter is 1.5". When you say 15 cuts per edge, is that a drum with reinforcement rings or just the standard thickness shell with no...
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    Cutting bearing edges without marring/chipping the exterior

    Hi guys- Been practicing on some old really crappy shells. I cut some edges on a snare shell yesterday with a brand new bit and the outside pass really checked up and chipped the outer ply. Now, I did not tape the outside and the drum itself was a very cheap beech thing with pretty crappy...
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    70s Ludwig Bearing Edge Advice

    Thanks- Is there a particular radius bit you guys are partial to for cutting roundovers?
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    70s Ludwig Bearing Edge Advice

    Hello- I have some ragged 70s (mid 70s) shells that I am practicing edge cutting with. Does anyone know what those mid 70s bearing edges are angled at? I believe it is a 3-ply drum, it has re-rings. Granitone interior. With a clear re-ring. I can post images if needed, but thought I'd ask...
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