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Old 02-04-2009, 09:59 AM
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Talking Premier Super Ace snare wire restoration

I have this this old (50's) Premier Super Ace for some time now and finally managed to get new working wires for it.



it came with the original wire set missing 5 of the original 16 wires and the ones that were present were completely oxidized giving it a nasty snare sound.


Since day one I wanted to get new wires for it but these are rare... and I mean rare. These are long wires (even longer than Gibraltar extend wires currently in production) and with a special end metal tab that makes the wires curve a little bit when in tension. That little effect is crucial as these drums have the smallest snare bed. If you use a standard snare wire set with some cord it simply won't work.

Last week I managed to find a set of wires that had the right wire length (15"1/8) and was affordable (9). Puresound is making reproduction wires for the Premier 2000 and the Royal Ace models but those are 1/8 of inch sorter and expensive (45 ~50 + shipping from the UK).


All I had to do was replace those metal tabs for the correct ones.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:00 AM
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I needed to dissolder (is that a word?) those wires but have'em stay put before soldering the Premier tabs. I just grab some pieces of wood and some clamps.


I'm leaving 4 wires out as I just need 16 to rebuilt the Premier set. Here's a close up.


Got a soldering iron and a some pliers.


Let the iron heat the whole metal plate and pulled the metal tab away with those pliers.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:01 AM
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Got the old metal tab under those wire ends and solder it all.


Did the same procedure for the other end.


and reassemble the whole thing


and it works! See the little curve that I was talking about?
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:38 PM
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Default Re: Premier Super Ace snare wire restoration

Just wanted to offer my applause on this one...heckuva job and probably took a lot of patience to do it, too....

Now, the Q...does it sound different ?
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:59 PM
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the original snare wires didn't work at all. The drum had been "snareless" for... I guess more than 6 years now. So it did make a difference as now I have a fully functional snare drum!

Now I just have to find a way to make that solder look better.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:59 AM
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Default Re: Premier Super Ace snare wire restoration

Hi,great pic's of your snare restoration.Can you tell me where you managed to get the long snare wires you used?I have an early 1960's Royal Ace,i managed to get a new set of snare wires for it but would like to try your restoration method on the old set of wires.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:47 AM
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Default Re: Premier Super Ace snare wire restoration

Bravo! Great idea, perfect execution, and great explanation and photos. This type of post is exactly why I love this forum.

BTW, that is one cool snare drum - I love the throw-off, with the handle going through a slot in the drum. I don't know how well it works, but it's a beautiful design!

Scott
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:31 PM
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Hey dude that was amazing great job. it just goes to show when your stuck there is allways a fix. and a positive one
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:07 PM
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Default Re: Premier Super Ace snare wire restoration

OMG!

Nicely done!

Truly inspiring! Thanks for the informative show and tell!
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:55 PM
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Bravo! Great idea, perfect execution, and great explanation and photos. This type of post is exactly why I love this forum.

BTW, that is one cool snare drum - I love the throw-off, with the handle going through a slot in the drum. I don't know how well it works, but it's a beautiful design!

Scott
I couldn't have said it any better. Fantastic!
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