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.
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