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Snare drum info

Drum Art handcrafted snare drums are professional instruments strictly handmade in Italy. We process selected lumber on the farm that has already been seasoned under natural conditions from 4 to 10 years, a feature that ensures its stability and maximizes its tonal qualities. We carefully create and assemble staves, pairing the most compatible ones to make drums that are balanced in sound and aesthetics.

For maximum solidity, the staves are joined by a dowel (male) of the same wood and perfectly welded by special glues for high violin making made specifically for each wood species. The resulting 20-slatted stem (16 in the Fat-Boy model) is then meticulously turned (mechanically flaked) on the outside, while on the inside we let the slight facets of the slats promote the proper sound reflections.
The bearing edge has specially designed inclinations to go along with the skin pattern as much as possible, achieving exceptional sensitivity and allowing us, having full control over the harmonics, to sculpt as sound designers the timbre of each model. The wood is then reinforced with an insulating treatment that stabilizes it and makes it inert against weathering. A light sanding precedes the wood-effect clear coat, and we finally get a splendid and solid body with a thickness of no less than 27 mm (24 mm in the Fat-Boy model).

The tailpiece bed is another important aspect of the drum that decisively influences the sound of the snare drum, so we put all our experience and craftsmanship into achieving maximum adherence of the tailpiece to the skin while leaving the skin with excellent resonant ability.

The hardware, fixed with anodized screws, consists of solid and brushed anticorodal blocks, stainless steel tie rods with special optimized pitch for fast and durable tuning, 2.3 mm triple-flange Power Hoop hoops, and brass string tensioning machine with microtune technology that make it especially accurate and reliable. To finish, the 20/42-strand Pearl tailpiece held by two efficient orange braided cotton bands and Remo Ambassador skins are fitted.

All of which are expertly chosen and calibrated to achieve optimal sensitivity, wide dynamic range, volume, powerful attack and harmonic control.
Even the smallest choice is made in synergy with the technology encapsulated in our prodigious and vibrant slatted drum, with the sole aim of building the specific and amazing sound that distinguishes Drum Art products in the world: a richness of timbre capable of thrilling every professional musician.

The snare drum is the central element of the acoustic drum kit, but it is also a musical instrument in orchestral or band settings. The construction quality of the stem, tuning machines and materials used determine the level of professionalism of the instrument, which is seen in sensitivity and consequent dynamic range, tone quality, tuning efficiency, strength and durability. Versatility is an appreciable plus.

Snare drum guide

The best snare drum is one that allows you to best express, even beyond your expectations, your musical intent and that does not hinder your creative and performance flow.
So the choice is very subjective; it is related to the way of playing and the genres approached. Often one has two or more favorite snare drums, used according to the situation or there are those who prefer to focus on the versatility of the instrument. While this is a subjective choice, there are snare drums that are objectively better than others in terms of dynamic qualities, timbre, and materials.

The choice of snare drum material is of course subjective and is mainly related to the tonal qualities sought in the instrument. In a nutshell, it is customary to say that metal snare drums typically have a brighter sound shifted to the mid to high frequencies, while wooden snare drums have a fuller, warmer sound. Instead, experience tells us that construction technology determines the real difference in timbre between wood and metal, our handcrafted aluminum snare drum-bronze texture being a prime example.

The tuning of the snare drum is done by tensioning the skins. There are several techniques to achieve the desired sound, but it is always done in steps. For example, start from a basic tuning, represented by the minimum tension achieved by tightening the tensioning screws with your hands, of both the resonant skin and the beating skin, then acting with the key, make variations from one turn to half a turn, trying either to tune the skins to the same identified note or for example create an imbalance and tune the resonant skin a few semitones higher or lower than the beating skin by adjusting with ¼ turn variations, then engage the tailpiece. Overstretching the skins can damage them. Our Fat-Boy snare drum can be tuned by acting on a single tie rod.

A snare drum, even a cheap one, should produce a fairly satisfactory sound without making any special efforts, but in case you want to act on the timbre of your instrument because you are dissatisfied, it might help to mount higher quality skins or vary its tuning. You can be on the safe side with Drum Art snare drums: the skins are top-notch, the build quality is excellent, the performance first-class.

The condition of the beating skin and resonant skin deteriorates with wear, so it is very important to replace them when signs of failure are found. Generally, if the snare drum is played daily, after one year you may consider replacing the skins.

There are a variety of different types of snare drum tailpieces, with different widths, materials, number of strands, and amount of spirals per strand. Each has a different sound according to its characteristics, more or less bright, more or less articulate, more or less powerful. In general, the more threads the tailpiece has, the more it affects the sound of the snare drum. Drum Art snare drums mount 20-strand Pearl Ultrasound tailpieces (42 strands on 7″ and 8″) as standard because they have the right characteristics to compete to create the rich, balanced sound that sets them apart.
We recommend checking the tailpiece register regularly and evaluating its condition after one year of operation.

Snare drum care

Given that every instrument should be handled with care, routine snare drum maintenance involves cleaning it after each use with a microfiber cloth-a small measure that prevents oxidation of the mechanics. We also recommend not exposing it to the sun for too long and not leaving the instrument in humid environments.

Contact us immediately to assess the extent of the damage and make arrangements for possible repair.

We recommend a multipurpose cleaning spray for cleaning wood. For aluminum tie rods, brush them with SIDOL, periodically, so they maintain their luster.

In order to have the chord-tensioning machine always at maximum efficiency, we recommend unhooking it once a year from the snare drum and degreasing the gears well with acetone using a small brush. For routine maintenance, we recommend keeping the register wheel clean at all times.

Guide to drumsticks

There is a huge variety of drumsticks on the market, and choosing is not an easy task. For us, the drumstick is a complementary instrument to the drum, and we understand it as an extension of the musician’s hand. That is why it must fit like a glove, and in order to choose, one must touch and try it on the instrument. In general, the alphanumeric classification frames the type of wand, then the following remain to be evaluated
weight, length, material, neck line and tip. In a nutshell, a long baton has a greater hitting radius and thus releases more power and can be wielded at more heights; a short baton is more agile and maneuverable and has a faster rebound; a pronounced tip will have a firmer ping on cymbals and a more controlled rebound, a smaller tip softer and a faster rebound; finally, the neck also affects the balance, rebound and volume of the rimshot.

Generally, 7A and 5A drum sticks are also suitable for children 8 years old and up because they are lightweight and thin in diameter. Drum Art models include the 7AS Future Drummer drumsticks that are particularly suitable for younger children because they are slightly shorter than the 7A.

The classification of drum sticks by alphanumeric abbreviation dates back to the 20th century and comes from the U.S. According to this custom, different types of drum sticks are presented with abbreviations e.g., 2B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 7A, 7B. The number refers to the diameter, the letter defines the musical context. The higher the number the thinner the wand. Regarding context, the letter “A” refers to softer contexts, the letter “B” to situations where more volume is needed. The 5A rods lie in the middle of this scale; in fact, they are the most widely used and the most versatile. However, this is not a universally established size; the actual diameter of each type varies from brand to brand.

Purchases

Our products are shipped with custom cardboard packaging.
Professional snare drums come with a semi-rigid professional case included in the price.

Usually within 24 hours of ordering we ship to our stores.
In the case of products that are not available in stock waiting times are 30 working days.

Credit card, PayPal or bank transfer.

Yes. Soon it will also be possible to buy Drum Art gift cards online.

Warranty

The warranty on all snare drums is 4 years: 2 according to European standards and another 2 offered by Drum Art. The warranty does not cover damages caused by falls, bumps or carelessness of the instrument.

If you don’t have your warranty download it at this link.

Yes, they all come with certification of origin.

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