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Old 01-22-2004, 08:28 AM   #1
C. Coleman
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Default types of snare wire

Can anyone tell me what the properties of stainlees steel are that make it the most accepted/widely used type of wire for snare construction.
What are some alternatives?
What are the compromises from stainless steel for these alternatives? pitch? reaction?
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Old 01-22-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: types of snare wire

I am only guessing, but with my experience working with Stainless Steel as a custom welder/fabricator I have a couple of ideas:
Stainless is a very dense metal which is not suceptable to weakening buy cold working(ie Tensioning and raising of the snare.)
Perhaps as well because of its density it allows for a sharp crisp action off the head as compared to mild steel which is weaker and softer.
These are just my guesses maybe some one else will be able to add to this.

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Old 01-22-2004, 07:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: types of snare wire

In addition to stainless steel, I am still seeing a lot of gut snares and synthetic material to resemble gut. And this is on marching snares.

Pearl now has at concert snare, the Pearl Symphonic with three types of snares with individual adjustments and throws. A light and heavy cable and metal. You some combinations available for the type of sound you want at that time for that piece.

Doesn't have anything to do with pipe band drumming, but just thought I'd share the info.

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