Yamaha using grosgrain ribbon on their lower line snares

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I picked up a couple Yamaha snares today at my LDS. A 6.5x 14 Recording Custom aluminum (ordered) and a cool little Stage Custom 5.5x14 steel snare. $139 for that one. The thing really sings and it’s headed to my studio. The thing that really got me was I just noticed they’re using grosgrain ribbon instead of the usual plastic strips for lower end drums. Kind of surprised me.

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The old Bob Gatzen trick. He showed me that back in the “olden” days of the 1980s. The stuff works great.
 

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Hmmm! Very interesting. It seems to me that, unless you are able to install your snare wires perfectly straight with plastic or cord, the flexibility of cloth ribbon would serve to correct the slight imperfections in the tension of the snare wires across the bottom head as a result of not being perfectly straight.


PS: Which raises the question, why would Yamaha use it only in its lower cost drums?
 
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Hmmm! Very interesting. It seems to me that, unless you are able to install your snare wires perfectly straight with plastic or cord, the flexibility of cloth ribbon would serve to correct the slight imperfections in the tension of the snare wires across the bottom head as a result of not being perfectly straight.


PS: Which raises the question, why would Yamaha use it only in its lower cost drums?
Maybe its a transition and the ribbon is slowly making its way into all the drums. This just happened to be the first one off the line with it. :dontknow:
 

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Hmmm! Very interesting. It seems to me that, unless you are able to install your snare wires perfectly straight with plastic or cord, the flexibility of cloth ribbon would serve to correct the slight imperfections in the tension of the snare wires across the bottom head as a result of not being perfectly straight.


PS: Which raises the question, why would Yamaha use it only in its lower cost drums?
Do we know that they only use it on their lower end drums?
 

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They use cord/string on their regular snare drums. Personally, I prefer plastic straps.
 

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maybe they bought an enormous amount of ribbon for cheap,because...it is really cheap.
maybe they had a stock pile of the straps that they finally used up and then switched to the ribbon..
I bought 20ft of the stuff a while back for a couple bucks
I'll likely never have to buy again
 

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Obviously plastic strips are cheaper, but grosgrain, especially in bulk, is not expensive. I can't see any reason cut out a few cents on something like this.
 

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I bought 20 meter rolls of grosgrain ribbon for $1.50 per roll in a convenient store in Spain. All kinds of different colours. I’m set for a few lifetimes.
 

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BTW, the snare sounds not like a $139 snare! It's a keeper.
 

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