I was playing a backyard patio party yesterday and about an hour into what turned out to be a 4 hour gig (Grateful Dead parties go on forever) my snare was starting to lose that snappy snare sound in the middle of a song. I reached under and touched it too see if I could tell what was going on and it went completely loose. Luckily it was probably the shortest song of the night (Beat It On Down the Line) so I finished it off with that "no snare wire" sound. While the rest of the band played a mellow tune that could be done sans drums (Forever Young) I did my emergency repair work. The cord had completely snapped and I although I have some tools and extra items in my stick bag, snare cord was not one of them. I taped it up with gaffers tape and then at set break found some small gauge metal cable in the garage and used that. I'm not a heavy gigging drummer, every month or two only, and this had never happened to me before. Snare cord lives in my stick bag from now on.