Working on that Purpleheart stave snare with a new method of finishing. We’ve worked hard on our processes, ever improving and never resting on our laurels. This method is 100% natural, non-toxic, and takes fewer steps. However it takes more skill and more attention to detail.
There are a few more steps to complete the finish but it’s ok: the wood will always reward you for effort and always punish you when you take shortcuts. Stay tuned for more updates on my obsession.
Today in the workshop: Shaun’s Brady Wandoo stave snare that was broken in three places.
It was completely cracked through in one of them, something that could only be seen when we removed the Trick throw-off. Some delicate maneuvering with a high pressure needle, wood glue and wood filler ensued; now it is structurally sound again.
This snare had been on many shows and international tours but met an unfortunate end INSIDE a hard case. That’s because stave snares may be thick, but they are notoriously vulnerable to cracking around the throw-off area and in-between blocks when struck. Unlike plywood snares which are cross-laminated, they have lines of weakness (wood grain) running through the entire length of the snare, so handle them with care.
Try to hand-carry your precious cargo: at least you know you won’t be throwing it around. Place the butt plate at the bottom corner of your hard-case with the throw off facing up and stowed in the “off” position or loosened generously. Also, extra padding never hurt a snare, so don’t be stingy.
This isn’t the first Brady/ stave snare I have repaired that was broken in transit, and it won’t be the last. Take care of your gear or you might well end up paying me a visit for reasons other than coffee.
Lunar New Year sale from 5th Feb to 20th Feb: 15% off all cymbals and 10% off new snare builds! Offer is valid only if full payment is made within the offer period, and is open only to Singapore residents.
Assuming you are making a thousand dollar snare, that’s $100 off…;) All customers below the age of 25 are also entitled to one free pair of Pantheon Standard sticks: small “Ang Pow” for you young people from UNKLE.
Happy Lunar New Year and may your “Ang Pow” come fast and furious!