Throwback to the snare tuning workshop for drummers that we held in Lasalle in early December. It was yet another great session of not only gaining knowledge on techniques, products, and approaches, but of networking and applying the knowledge gained. A big thank you to Eugene Ng for letting us use the premises!
Here in this photo, we are examining different kinds of drum heads and the sound they generate when hit. Pictured here is the spectacular Evans Hybrid drumhead, the ultimate in durability and “phatness”.
Certainly we need to drive home the point that snare tuning is a fundamental skill needed for drummers. Even our non-drummer Band Conductor friends who came benefitted greatly from the session.
We really look forward to conducting sessions like these every few months to capture a larger group of musicians over a period of time. My dream is that this basic knowledge may enhance our playing and approach to our instrument.
Till the next session, keep practicing. You’ll need it.
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Today in the workshop: refinishing a 13” Steam-bent Claro Walnut snare. This came back to us due to my buy-back policy: customers can sell back their custom snares if their needs change. We give a fair market rate depending on the condition of the snare and the previous sale price. I believe we are the only ones to do so in this industry. We also don’t want undeserving characters to ever touch our snares.
This pre-badge snare had been through multiple owners who’ve had the pleasure of playing and performing on this gorgeous snare. We now prep this snare for any new and deserving owner.
This was one of our older works and we’ve long since refined out work flows and processes. We put in the time to do things right with no short-cuts, so our snares just get better and better with each coming year and refurb.
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Today we went on-site to St. Hilda’s Church to do a thorough once-over for their 30-year old DW kit. This involved scrubbing up the drums, hardware, cymbals, everything.
We also changed out the heads and re-tuned the kit to best suit the kind of sound they wanted from the drums.
One of the tuning techniques I have been teaching is to choose the right heads for the sound you want. On this kit we changed the floor tom heads to 2-ply heads ON BOTH SIDES for a “thuddier”, more focused sound, fine tuned with dampening gels. Now it’s so much easier to achieve that full, modern worship sound on the kit. We are also changing the snare wires and converting a 14” rack tom to a floor tom: those pesky ball joint mounts break once too often for these big drums.
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The Maestro, Adam Shah, ladies and gentlemen.
Finally get to use my own drums. Can’t get any better than this. Looking forward to throwing down with @wherewascharlie tomorrow night.
Pearl Reference Series Drums
Q Drum Co. Copper Snare
Pantheon Percussion Cymbals