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Old 08-27-2021, 04:10 PM
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Default External Damper on Reso Head

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I've been playing around with a mid-nineties six-and-a -half inch deep Ludwig Rocker snare just for fun. I've had the rims powder coated in red as well as the faceplate of a generic strainer and a rim riser. I've installed red nylon sleeve washers and use brass plated t-rods. The butt plate is also brass plated. I have an Evans red hydraulic batter head as well. For wires, I've used Puresound Equalizers. Because this drum has no internal damper, I've used a Snareweight M-80. It ALMOST sounds beautiful! Not like my Supra from the late seventies, but close. The was still a very small bit of buzz. I had nothing to loose so I slapped on an old Tama external muffler on the bottom rim after carefully making sure a felt patch was wrapped around the rim. Didn't want to scratch my rims! Did some tweaking. LOL! To my surprise, it sounds great! I'll try it out next week just for fun! has anyone used an external damper on the bottom? If so, what did you think? Thanks very much.
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Old 10-07-2021, 09:58 PM
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Default Re: External Damper on Reso Head

Hey Salty- saw this weeks ago but forgot to post.... sorry!- Back in 'the day' (probably 80's) I had an unruly Stewart snare that I loved (Black Diamond pearl) but could NOT get the BUZZ out of- I welded a small clamp-on L-shaped arm that had foam that I could position over the snare wires on the reso head and adjust more or less pressure- I don't have a pic but it worked GREAT to make a flat dry snare with no rattles or buzz. A little too dead for me today- but hey! Experimentation to find one's sound is what it's all about. I liked that I could loosen or tighten the pressure - or take it off if we went 'Full Bore'.... just a thumb screw. Good luck!- JD
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Old 10-08-2021, 06:47 AM
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Hey Salty- saw this weeks ago but forgot to post.... sorry!- Back in 'the day' (probably 80's) I had an unruly Stewart snare that I loved (Black Diamond pearl) but could NOT get the BUZZ out of- I welded a small clamp-on L-shaped arm that had foam that I could position over the snare wires on the reso head and adjust more or less pressure- I don't have a pic but it worked GREAT to make a flat dry snare with no rattles or buzz. A little too dead for me today- but hey! Experimentation to find one's sound is what it's all about. I liked that I could loosen or tighten the pressure - or take it off if we went 'Full Bore'.... just a thumb screw. Good luck!- JD
Thank you very much for replying, sir! Yep, that is basically the same principal that I tried! Like you say, if I want a little more "snarish" sound, I can remove or adjust the damper in seconds. I think that your idea was great! Thanks again.
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Old 10-08-2021, 05:33 PM
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Hey Brian- I don't think many drummers ever think of using damping on the reso- there is a snare side head made I've seen that has reinforcement 'patches' where the snare ends lay (can't remember what company...) - but never a 'pre-damped' that I know of- as it is so thin.... As I say- it's something to experiment with as some drummers like 'less' snare response/ more 'tom' tone.... (good thread to think about in my opinion!)- JD
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Old 10-09-2021, 08:36 AM
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Hey Brian- I don't think many drummers ever think of using damping on the reso- there is a snare side head made I've seen that has reinforcement 'patches' where the snare ends lay (can't remember what company...) - but never a 'pre-damped' that I know of- as it is so thin.... As I say- it's something to experiment with as some drummers like 'less' snare response/ more 'tom' tone.... (good thread to think about in my opinion!)- JD
Hi, JDragon!
Yep, I do like to experiment with different sounds, but to be honest not all of my experiments work out. I once attached a cajon drum pedal to the front head of my bass. The effects were not great. Both feet were cramped around two pedals and I had to keep my hats closed. The actual sound was dull and muted. Hey! I wonder if I used a different beater! Naw. I think I'll let that one rest!
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