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Can steel shells be used for DIY snares?

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  • Can steel shells be used for DIY snares?

    I have read a lot of times that steel shell snares are not suitable for making DIY pads, but I haven't been able to find WHY.

    A guy is selling me an old steel 14'' snare for 30 euros, but I am not sure to buy it.

    Why isn't recommended to use steel shells?

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    I *know* it's been done, but I've found the same impression, that metal is somehow unsuitable. The only assumption I can make is that there is either too much vibration, or too much noise. Other than that I can't see why it wouldn't work.
    Jack

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    • #3
      I built a snare pad using an inexpensive 13" PDP piccolo snare with a Hart Magnum head and the Beatnik-style trigger bar. It works VERY well. Maybe I just got lucky...
      Ron

      E-Drums: Roland TD6V - A2E DIY Kit 22x8 kick, 4 x 10inch toms with Roland cones and mesh heads using Beatnik-style brackets

      A-Drums: DW Collectors Series - Red to Blue Tribal Flame Lacquer - Ludwig Black Magic 13x7 snare - Gibraltar Stealth Rack - DW 9000 series stands and pedals

      Various e-cymbals as Zildjian/Sabian a-cymbals

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      • #4
        I did the steel snare thing. The only tricky part is drilling the breather hole larger if you are using panel jacks, you will need a drill with some power. It probably rings a little bit louder than a wood shell wood, but if you are using DIY cymbals made of metal then you wouldn't even notice. I bet you could get one for less than 30 euros though.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by cheapthrill View Post
          I did the steel snare thing. The only tricky part is drilling the breather hole larger if you are using panel jacks, you will need a drill with some power..
          But you don't need thick panel jacks for a steel snare. Standard jacks fit fine through the vent holes of most metal snares and are deep enough since the metal is thinner than wood shells. Personally I prefer wood drums for conversion, but metal can be done.. I currently have a pair of Meinl mini timbales, dual zone pads, and they respond excellent.
          I could tell you where to stick that piezo! ;)
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