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Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:42 am
by Ken Speranza
Hello snare science, I'm a drum captain at my high school and I need help with tuning. I want our snares to have a very deep, wet sound (very Bluecoats-esque, if that helps you understand). I know how to make them wet, but they still don't have a very deep tone to them, they seem very thin. This is because the previous drum captain had an almost exact opposite preference to what I like (more like, say, SCV). We use Yamaha sforzando snares with Evans Hybrid-S and MX5 heads

Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:03 pm
by MrSirEric
My school uses the same drums (although with different heads), and getting that "SCV-esque" sound (which actually sounds better if the line can play clean. Check out the article on snare tuning on this site) just seems to come easier on these drums. If I had to take a guess at how the 'coats do it, I'd say get the heads until they're just barely tight enough to play on, tune the lugs evenly, and then test it. If it's too deep, you're safe and can just go up from there. If thats still too high, consider using different heads.

Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:33 pm
by billc36
Depending on how old the snares are, they may be the birch shells instead of maple. If so, you won't be able to get that sound exactly like you're looking for. All Yamaha corps have maple shells.

Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:56 pm
by Ken Speranza
They are definitely less then 6 years old, idk how old they have to be to be birch vs. maple
Also, where can I find this tuning article?

Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:50 pm
by blackhelium
Hey man,
So what you're gonna want to do is focus on the bottom head. A lower tuned bottom head is gonna resonate more and thus send more vibration to the guts, along with lowering the pitch. But you need to be careful to make sure that it's not so loose that it sounds like crap.
It's gonna take some experimentation to get the top head to where you want, but once you hit the sweet spot, you'll know it.

Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 6:32 am
by Ken Speranza
Thanks, I'll mess with it a little. I also might send Roger Carter a message about it