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Old 03-15-2012, 03:42 PM
billnvick billnvick is offline
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Hey, nice looking drum, and I love it when someone gets "creative."
I've got a 10x14 WFL marching snare drum that I cut down to Jazz-fest size (5.5x14) and reinstalled the reinforcemant ring. It wasn't/still isn't a top priority project, so it keeps getting put "down" on the list.

I've got it to the point where I need to rewrap it and put the hardware back on. It was the center-lug style, and I cut it down from the top (to utilize existing snare beds and throw-off & butt holes (that didn't sound good, did it?), and then the bottom lug hole became the top so new bottom lug holes, breather hole, and tune control holes are all that needed to be drilled new. The reinstalled ring is on the batter side.

My question is: Did you re-cut the new bearing edge completely, or just used the existing ring's "edge?" Just wondering, 'cause I haven't dealt with that yet...
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:53 PM
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Hey, nice looking drum, and I love it when someone gets "creative."
I've got a 10x14 WFL marching snare drum that I cut down to Jazz-fest size (5.5x14) and reinstalled the reinforcemant ring. It wasn't/still isn't a top priority project, so it keeps getting put "down" on the list.

I've got it to the point where I need to rewrap it and put the hardware back on. It was the center-lug style, and I cut it down from the top (to utilize existing snare beds and throw-off & butt holes (that didn't sound good, did it?), and then the bottom lug hole became the top so new bottom lug holes, breather hole, and tune control holes are all that needed to be drilled new. The reinstalled ring is on the batter side.

My question is: Did you re-cut the new bearing edge completely, or just used the existing ring's "edge?" Just wondering, 'cause I haven't dealt with that yet...
LOL, nice choice of descriptive terms,


I recut both edges and made new snarebeds in a wider more gradual profile. It doesn't HAVE to be done if you're careful when cutting, leveling, and regluing... but the outer edge where the shell was cut down will be straight and should at least be rounded over with a file and sandpaper. I'm generally of the belief that the contour of the outer edge is far more important to tuning and tone than the angle or contour of the inner edge; thus I always recut because I like to do a reasonably deep rounded outer bevel that I sand and then clearcoat.

But yes, if you're careful, you can keep the edge mostly AS-IS.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:37 PM
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Default Re: Cut-down 1960's WFL Marching Snare

Great looking snare! I've been considering a similar project. I have the wood hoops, just haven't settled on a shell yet. How does it sound?
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:15 PM
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Great looking snare! I've been considering a similar project. I have the wood hoops, just haven't settled on a shell yet. How does it sound?
Round, resonant, woody, with that steretypical single ply hoop rimshot. I assembled it generally around a friend's specifications and shipped it down to him. I think it's his main gigging drum currently.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:42 PM
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Me likey velly much you bet!

I really want to duplicate that effort sometime. Next WFL parade drum that crosses my path is going to get the treatment. Nice work, man.

Respect,

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:27 PM
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great job. i love it.

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:15 PM
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Me likey velly much you bet!

I really want to duplicate that effort sometime. Next WFL parade drum that crosses my path is going to get the treatment. Nice work, man.

Respect,

John
It's not too difficult at all as long as you have a good table saw and a clothing steamer to get the glue on the re-ring loose.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:44 AM
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...I cut it down from the top (to utilize existing snare beds and throw-off & butt holes (that didn't sound good, did it?)...
I haven't laughed that hard in weeks! Thank you for your choice of words! My wife and I laughed for at least 3 minutes. I think I'm delirious...it's past my bed time.


barjack: That is a very cool snare! Excellent job!
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:50 AM
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Extremely cool! Looks like and Ayotte custom snare. thanks for the idea!

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