Beverley 6-lug wood 6x14 snare. Make it sound better?

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So, I have this snare drum from 1965 or so. It looks great with the kit but I would like to get it to sound better. Evans head? German wires? Suggestions?
 

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Fresh pair of heads and a New wire would be a good place to start.
What type of heads depends on what type of sound you are after.
If that dosn't work out, i would check the edges to see if they are still good.
If they are bad, have some one who knows what they are doing re-cut them.
 

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Fresh pair of heads and a New wire would be a good place to start.
What type of heads depends on what type of sound you are after.
If that dosn't work out, i would check the edges to see if they are still good.
If they are bad, have some one who knows what they are doing re-cut them.
Thank you. Good advice. What type of heads, good question. I really can't figure that one out. Would it be a good idea to have a set of wires with less than 20 strands?
 

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I've had great luck using die cast hoops on my 6 lug snares. Gives the drum more 'pop', less of that open-6-lug-sound...focuses it, etc.
 

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I agree - check the edges and makes sure they lay flat. Die casts will help too but you can get a warm vintage medium tuning without DC's.....

As for heads, my standard is coated amb. over hazy snare side. On older drums, I like less wires to get more of a woody sound.
 

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In addition to the previous comments I believe you have to tune the drum within its range which is considerably lower than an 8 or 10 lug drum.
 

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How wide are the snare beds? Get wires that fit that bed. I’ve had good results on those older drums with 10 strand wires.
 


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