Tuning a Snare Drum-Supra

kenshireen1

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I play a supra and have for most of my life.
The fundamental pitch is around 190.
I was trying to determine if this is medium or high tuning.
I have seen ranges from 160-250

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190Hz is around gb/g.
IMO, rather medium tuning, maybe on the high side. Some poeple tune higher, but I don't think you need to, you should be able to get plenty of crack at this range.

Here's a nice video with a tuning that seems to end up in that range:
 

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I agree, that's about a medium tuning.

I would consider anything below about 185hz to be low and above about 196 to be high.

I generally tune mine about 196 or so.

Some where in that 185 to around 200 is my preferred range. And I would generally be happier with higher than that before I would be happy with lower.

But it depends on the genre. If I'm in the studio and doing a country/folk tune with subdued drum parts, I might go lower. But generally I get hired for up tempo "push the envelope" type music, so that required more snap!

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I agree, that's about a medium tuning.

I would consider anything below about 185hz to be low and above about 196 to be high.

I generally tune mine about 196 or so.

Some where in that 185 to around 200 is my preferred range. And I would generally be happier with higher than that before I would be happy with lower.

But it depends on the genre. If I'm in the studio and doing a country/folk tune with subdued drum parts, I might go lower. But generally I get hired for up tempo "push the envelope" type music, so that required more snap!

gabo
I agree I like mine (late 80's Supra) a little higher than the video. I also like it snappy and found that a higher snare side head will help in achieving that sound. My problem is I tend to tune too high then I have a problem with choking the head. So you have to be very careful if that's the sound you like. I like good stick response and there again getting to high can be a problem and I also think sometimes it can shorten the life of the head...but it's the sound that I like; dead center with nice tone around the drum and nice ring closer to the rim.

I play mostly Classic Country and when you have a really good lead guitar player in the band I try to compliment the solos buy playing softer and dead center of the head, you still get a good back beat without ring plus I also close the hi-hat for good articulation which puts all of the attention on the guitar player.

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I'd just like to say this is how I like my snare drums tuned, I also have to be carefull not to go too far so that the drum starts getting choked.
 

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You guys with all of this hz stuff are beyond me. I tune by ear until it sounds good. But I'm old school.

I've played many Supras over the decades. I always found that a tight snare head opened up the resonance more, but I had to tighten the snares to compensate. Not to the point of choking, though.

I also found that a couple of extra tweaks on the four lugs on the sides of the snare beds increased the snare sensitivity.

It's pretty hard to make a Supra sound bad unless you know absolutely nothing about drum tuning
 
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