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Old 06-12-2017, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Practice Pads

I must admit I only spent about 5 minutes searching thru the forums for practice pads, but I would like to open up a discussion on snare practice pads.

I'm looking for the best practice pad for a corps to play on for as close to a real snare head as possible..

Items to review are:
The rebound / bounce of the pad
The "real feel" of the pad vs a snare head
Rubber vs Vinyl/Mylar Laminate
Have I left something out?

For me I prefer the Laminate for one reason, the sticks slide around on the surface similar to a snare head. Rubber is grippy, snare heads aren't.... do you agree?

But the rebound/bounce and real feel of the outlander pads I think need to be a little harder for it to really be like a snare head.

What is your favorite pad and why?
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:43 AM   #2
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Default Re: Practice Pads

I use the Offworld Percussion Outlander 9.5" practice pad.

It has a carbon fibre top, so no stickiness.
It is hard like the drum with the same feel as the drum.
The sticking is crystal clear.
It has a non slip base.
It is light and fits on my practice pad harness adapter perfectly.



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Old 06-13-2017, 09:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: Practice Pads

Thanks for the response, I agree that the Outlanders are a good pad, but I feel they need to be just a little bit harder to be closer to a snare head. I'm hoping to hear back from a few others on here and to see if there are some different views and opinions.
So far 75 people have read this thread and only 1 person has responded.
Come on people, please put in your 2 cents..
What pad does everyone use and why?
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:36 PM   #4
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This Perfect Practice Pad was recommended to me recently and I really like the feel and sound. You can adjust your dynamics or add a different surface for various needs and screw to a stand
http://richardbaughman.com/practice.php
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Old 06-13-2017, 11:42 PM   #5
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The Perfect Practice Pad seems like a nice pad, but after you've paid for your order, he stops communicating with you. He just doesn't respond to emails. I have heard that there some people have ordered over 6 months ago, and they still haven't received their pad yet.

If you're a beginner, any hard rubber surface will work. The harder the pad, the more it makes you work and the faster you'll learn.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:56 PM   #6
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I bought my PP through Barr1 Highland Supply, rather than direct. Just an option
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:05 PM   #7
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Tom is spot on with the Off World practice pad. I was using a Cameron Cadet pad but noticed my drags were coming off fatter on my snare drum. I switched to the Off World which is much closer to the feel of my snare drum and my drags tightened up. The cadet was harder than the snare drum, thus the closed drags were easier on the cadet. Easily corrected on the Off World.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:56 PM   #8
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I've owned and tried a zillion pads and the one I think is closest to an actual pipe band drum is the Xymox Snare Reserve. It's quite expensive, though. I got one from eBay so got a bit of a price break. Like much better than the Offworld Invader.


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