A Fool, A 14x8 Wooden Snare and A Botched Internal Muffler Install.

bgryderclock

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I bought a 14x8 TAMA Snare Drum (Black Oak Wood WP148BK-BOW) a couple months ago.
I have a few marching snares I use with a loud rock drum set. I thought this deep snare drum would the intermediate step between a regular wooden snare and a wooden marching snare for "normal-er" kit.


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When I tested it out with the kit and found that it was very very ringing when tuned in a medium range.
It sounded okay super tight and okay super low.
I made sure the top and bottom heads were tuned good and the snare spring tension was good.

I tried muffling the head with o-rings made from old heads and/or gaffer tape with heavy coins.
It took a ridiculous amount of junk on the head to muffle it enough.
So I said screw it, and hand-sanded the batter side bearing edge with a little bit with a mild-grade sanding block to kill some sustain.

I did it and it sounded only a tiny tiny bit better.
So I said screw it, I'll install an internal muffler.

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I foolishly installed the internal muffler about a quarter inch too low, so you have to really crank it tight to touch the snare head at all.

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To fix this, I found an old puffy knit glove and I am going to try to make a thicker pad to sit on top of the felt of the internal muffler.
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God help me. i hope this works.
 

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Bend the flat steel arm up a little so it makes contact sooner
 

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Joking aside, even if you add more felt the angle of the muffler will limit the contact. Since the muffler is relatively inexpensive, can you modify it? Perhaps drill a lower hole in the assembly.
 

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Joking aside, even if you add more felt the angle of the muffler will limit the contact. Since the muffler is relatively inexpensive, can you modify it? Perhaps drill a lower hole in the assembly.
that spring steel can be a pain to drill unless you have a press, but certainly 'redirecting' the arm travel by bending it and the felt seat will help alot...i DO love the 'grandma' glove and yarn approach though!! i used to keep my daughter's old sock puppet in my stick bag for times when i needed to really puff out my BD beater :)
 


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