THAT'S an amazing idea!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll try! Does this work for you??take it apart . Take snare off. Both top and bottom hoops and heads.
Inspect everything closely.
Put the hoops and heads back on. Get it sounding good "as a tom tom"...
finally put the snares back on.
Thanks! Great adviceThis. Many of these old tube lug drums are easy to under-tighten because of how they "feel" when tensioning them up. If Chad Smith can use one of these cranked up on a lot of the tracks on Blood Sugar Sex Magik with success, then so can you. (careful, not too tight on the vintage hoop clips, or get modern versions and stash the originals)
Nice drum!I bought some old style silk wrapped wires from Adrian Kirschler for my old 6.5 Leedy nob 6 lugger. Total pain to install but even with the poor job i did it sounds so great. Dried out the drum in a nice way and the snare response is fat and articulate. I totally understand why snappy snares became the standard though...
Did it work well with the beds?If you're considering other wires the Puresound twisted wires increase snare sound while having the same width as a 20 strand. It's a pretty quick and easy way to bump it without trying to micromanaging other details you may not want to change. I used them on a 14 x 5.5 Walnut Poplar that I had when I needed a lot more snare at whisper and loud volumes, it was perfect.
I'll definitely give that a try!Have you experimented with different tunings or are you just at the normal settings for your other snares? I'm not familiar with the Pioneer but I will say that I've found some drums respond differently to the same settings and may not respond how you expect. Focus especially on the snare side head. You may need more or less tension than you expect to get the response you want. Plus some drums like to have the lugs closest to the snare beds tuned a little tighter or looser than the rest.
I’ve heard good things about these. Just ordered a set, thanks!these work well for the old drums, but I'm not sure it's the sound you're looking for
Designed for 14" snare drums, the Concert Series snare wire has 12 strands of specially formulated stainless steel alloy for subtle snare response without choking out the sound of the drum. The snares may be mounted by strap or string.www.drumcenternh.com
glad your combo worked out for you. I am inclined to say replace the CS head with an ambassador, but if it working fine with the CS, then go with it.UPDATE: so, I got the drum dialed in this morning and sounding AMAZING!
I’m using a Evans 200 mil reso side
CS batter head
16 strand Customs (Puresound)
thanks to all for the assistance!