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- Jun 28, 2019
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- Queens NY
Man, I love that Ludwig! She's a real beauty.Yes, very definately.
I picked a 13x3 for my Ludwig kit because I was looking for a lighter sound. I was interested in playing Jazz and I didn't want something that "dominated" the room.
...and I got it right, too....
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...with a 14x5, you can get a "pop" sound. With a 13x3, you get a "pap" sound. Say it. See the difference?
Its not something you can imitate with a 14x4 or even a 14x3, because while you attain the same depth, the larger diameter makes the drum want to naturally speak in a slightly lower note range.
Its a higher pitch, too, so it can add some brightness, but I enjoy that lighter sound.
Brushes take a little getting used to, but its not a major obstacle. You'll probably acclimate quicker than you think you will.
One thing I have found out, in the years since I got that kit, is that it doesn't make any difference in how sensitive the drum is.
You can play a 13x3 or a 14x10, if you set them up right, they'll both be just as sensitive.
So go ahead and snag that piccolo snare drum! I think you'll enjoy it a lot.
Good luck. =)
I like your "pap" analogy, it makes sense. For sure I would look for a 13x3 because I really consider that size to be a true piccolo. I'm guessing mahogany is also the way to go to provide some warmth to the sound.