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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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!
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Some beautiful things come in small packages. 14” bass drum that sounds like an 18”. This is part of a tiny 10/12/13/14 micro kit in our showroom that we occasionally rent out. Out for a performance in the bukit timah area these two days.
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Today in the workshop: gorgeous DW Collector’s Series snare in for some serious attention. This snare had been beautifully taken care of and played on with much respect, but sometimes things happen unexpectedly.
For some reason, all the internal screws and hardware of the snare became extremely rusty whilst the outer hardware remained pristine.
We gave it a simple wipe-down externally but every single screw on the inside needed replacement, leaving a trail of red dust in their wake. Luckily I had a small pile of extra DW screws, because those lugs don’t accept the normal M4 or M5 screws.
When we didn’t want to risk damaging the snare by wrestling with the rusty air-vent, we scrubbed and painted over it. Preserving the snare took first priority.
So whilst this snare was not difficult to service, it certainly took skill and experience to handle. We’re just glad that it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic now.
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Today in the workshop: Jonathan brought in his custom pre-badge Brass snare for a badge and clean up. We’ve been lucky to rework our earlier snares to make them better and better, and this one is just too pleasing to the eyes and ears. Enjoy!
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Fun times today. Delivered some new Paiste Cymbals from Singapore Drum Shop to little Max, set up his Pearl Target kit properly and tuned it up nicely at his family home. The Sweet Spots worked like a charm to tame the endless ringing of the stock heads.
Throughout the entire session, Max was staring intently at the process and asking lots of questions. The future is bright with this one…🙂
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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.
Want to find out more? Let’s keep the conversation going: drop by.
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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