Edges on snares: what cut, what side, what result

drummerjohn333

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Talking snare drums in particular......If the shell was a constant, is there a chart anywhere that shows what different edge types on what side would produce what result? Even maybe with the bed being another variable?
 

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Get ready for 500 opinions on this. There seem to be only two commonly-accepted traits: round edge = warm; sharp edge=bright. I don't know. Makes sense, but . . . "for every rule . . . ."

Snare beds: who knows if they are even necessary or just tradition? I don't.

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I think bearing edges make less of a difference on snares than toms. Meaning: you will have a harder time hearing the difference between a rounder edge and a sharper edge, especially if you muffle.
Rounder edges will give you a more muted note; sharper edges will give you more ring.
Snare beds are advised - how deep is a matter of preference. I personally do not like really shallow beds.
I'd focus on finding a builder who can do really good edges & beds. They are like hen's teeth.
 


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