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Old 09-19-2020, 02:37 AM
jojo_berlin jojo_berlin is offline
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Default Soldering snare wires

Hello all,
I am currently restoring my 60's Premier Royal Ace. As most of you know, its almost impossible to replace the snare wires. I still have the original ones, but some wires are lost, others are unusable (s. photos).

So I decided to go that route of soldering the wires. I baught some Gibraltar 15" with 20 wires, so I can cut them down to the right length.
I found this threat, where the soldering of the wires is explained quite well.

A friend of mine recommended NOT to use an elelecric soldering iron, but a soldering torch instead. I own both of theem, yet I do not have much experience with it.
So yesterday I started to experiment and I found it very difficult to solder with the torch. To me, it looks like that the best method is to go like this:
  1. Remove the old wires, clean the plate with a suction device
  2. Clean the plate with a piece of cloth or kitchen towel
  3. Put some solder at the plate first (!) and let it harden
  4. Set up the construction like shown in the threat above to fixate the wires to the plate, so they stay in place
  5. Heat the plate and the wires, so the wires stick to the plate
  6. Now solder from the top and cover the wires properly

Can anyone confirm that's the right method?
Or is it better to use a soldering torch?
How is it done originally by factory? What kind of solder they use (hard/soft) and what soldering tool?

Thansk a lot in advance!
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Old 09-19-2020, 02:45 PM
grantro grantro is offline
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Cool Re: Soldering snare wires

Have you been practicing to see what works best on another set of wires?

1976 Ludwig Mach 4 Thermogloss 26-18-14-14sn
1978 Ludwig Stainless 22-22-18-16-14-13-12 c/w 6-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-24 concert toms
1975 Sonor Phonic Centennials Metallic Pewter 22-16-13-12-14sn (D506)
1971 Ludwig Classic Bowling Ball OBP 22-16-14-13
1960's Stewart Peacock Pearl 20-16-12-14sn
1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
1973 Rogers Superten 5x14 & 6.5x14 COS snares
1970`s John Grey Capri Aquamarine Sparkle 5x14 snare
1941 Ludwig & Ludwig Super 8x14 snare
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Old 09-21-2020, 05:55 PM
Rik_Everglade Rik_Everglade is online now
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Default Re: Soldering snare wires

Cool! I'm not the only one to try this. The only thing I learned is that if you use an electric soldering gun, make sure that it is powerful enough to melt that much lead and keep it melted until it moves around.
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