Cut your own gut snares

poot

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I had given up ever finding replacement snares for my vintage 12x15" parade and 3x15" snare drums. Found this source of catgut on eBay and gave it a try.

Easy project. A 20' length of 1.4 mm gut is just enough to do a 15" drum. Cut the strands to 40" and loop them through the strainer eyelets. The tricky part is getting the snares to lay perfectly flat as you thread them through the butt plate and tighten. Greatly helps to tape the snares to the head every few inches to help keep them flat and aligned.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/CATGUT-CABLE-GRANDFATHER-DRUM-SNARES-NEW-PARTS-1-4mm/391545768572?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Daa0bd9a68aba42f696341c4a54ddd124%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D152440519931

My 3x15" snare was missing the leather or bakelite tab that serves as the butt. Not having any leather scraps on hand, I cut a piece out of a damaged Humes & Berg case and drilled it for the snares. Works like a champ.
 

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