Snare Drum Upgrades- Quick, Painless, and Inexpensive
Is it time to upgrade your kit? Are you looking for a sound that you just can’t get from your current setup? Do butterflies fly out of your wallet when you look for cash?
Don’t sweat it! Sometimes a good tune up can fix all your problems, or a new series of heads can make all your woes disappear. But, if your looking for something a little less subtle then upgrading your snare drum, the centerpiece of your kit, can make all the difference in the world! Shreveport Music has a huge selection of stand-alone snares ready to fit any sound or any budget. We have birch, maple, walnut and steel readily available. Don’t forget to ask about our used snare drums as well!
Not sure what configuration works best for your beats? Check out this handy dandy reference to make selecting the right snare drum quick and painless:
Maple is the most common wood used in snare drums, and for good reason. Maple generally has a warm sound because of the fact that it has an even distribution of mid and high frequencies and boosted low frequencies. Maple is very clear sounding and has a wide tuning range making maple snare drums very diverse and generally good for many applications.
Birch is a very hard wood and is much brighter than maple. Raised highs and lows give this wood projection as well as tone. Birch is a very crisp sounding wood when used in a snare drum and should be used in applications where extra cut and presence is required.
Walnut has long been favored by furniture makers for both its beauty and durability. As a drum shell material, Walnut’s naturally EQ’ed tone has been praised by the drum community for both the stage and the studio.
Steel snare drums have a very powerful cut and a very distinct rimshot sound, making it perfect for cutting through loud music. Steel snare drums are inexpensive to produce, making them common on entry-level drum kits.
Whatever you decide to go with- upgrading that old ratty snare drum, that sounds somewhere between a tin can with sand in it and an old wooden barrel with a couple of rocks rattling around in the bottom every time you strike it, will bring a huge amount of professional sound to your kit without adding a huge hole in your wallet.