- Feb 20, 2019
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- Northern California
Notice I did not ask your favorite, or most valuable, or most collectable, or the one most likely to wow your forum mates, or even your best sounding snare drum. I'm asking what is the snare you play the most, and why?
In other words, no Case Queens. Maybe it's your cheapest snare because you keep your kit at a shared practice space in the skanky part of town, or maybe it's a grail snare you have in your home studio.
For me it is my 1969 Acrolite. I bought this used for a pretty good price and took it completely down to the shell. The badge was loose and swiveled around, so I made a bolt and washer contraption to spread the rivet and make it snug. That right there, the work to get it running, helped us bond.
I have five other snares, ranging from an old Pioneer to a Black Beauty. My brass drums
come out for the bigger venue gigs, but it's this basic Acrolite that sees the most stand time at almost all my rehearsals in the three to four projects that have tolerated my playing over the last five years.
Why this drum? Let's start with the sound. For me, with a Vintage Ambassador and some Puresounds, I can keep it tuned quite dry and muffled enough that it won't take off anyone's head at close quarter rehearsal's. Yet it still has some good crack and resonance, which really helps when you want to drive a band, especially at lower volume. It’s still rock and roll.
Good crack at a lower volume. That’s key. I'm not saying this from only hearing it on the throne, but I know it delivers out where my band sits. I know this because I have bandmates who are drummers, and any time I step away from my kit I come back and someone's playing it. This is a great boon to help one's tuning.
There is a lot of variation across the head: some open ring near the rim, crisp articulation a few inches in, and a good, chubby 70’s backbeat dead center. That versatility is crucial for me in a covers band and also important since I typically play a bikini kit at rehearsals.
Because of these attributes, I’ve also used it with great success at lower volume gigs where there is no sound reinforcement.
That’s mine; what’s yours and why?Lastly, its light to carry and affordable if it had to be replaced. If Lao Tzu played drums, he’d probably use an Acrolite. The Tao remains unchanged.