I'm after a new snare drum that's going to be good for a real tight funky sound.
What size would be best, soprano or Popcorn?
eg 12 x 5 or 10 x 6
I played the early version of Pearl's 12x7 that Dennis Chambers initially used. It was "tight and funky" but limited in volume. Kinda lacked character, though... compared to say, a Supraphonic, Dynasonic or even an Acrolite.
Originally Posted by Kroy
Anyone have any experience with the Pearl Popcorn snare. Or the Brady snares? Then there's the DW Edge snares...
I want something high quality.
The world's your lobster in that case. Nearly every one is making smaller snares these days.
The problem is really how your definition of "tight and funky" stands up in regard to everyone else's. "Tight and funky" to me is say, anything from the hands of Steve Jordan or Clyde Stubblefield, who seldom used smaller snares (though Jordan's signature drum for Yamaha is a 13x6.5).
I know Brady was really popular for a while, and a large number of those drums were 12x8's.
The thing for me is I've never heard a 13" or 12" snare that didn't sound "small". In general, I prefer 14" snares for their versatility and their relative volume. They can still be "tight and funky" with the right head selection and technique. Again, I'd take a Supraphonic or Dynasonic over a smaller diameter snare. But that's me.
Too lazy to look up who the drummer is. I'm sure the guy who wrote "Give the Drummer Some" would know what size snare this is.
I am totally agreed that a 14" Supraphonic will sound extremely tight and funky, so will a Dynasonic, etc., a 5 or 5.5 deep metal snare (although some wood ones would also work if you can crank the tension high).
However, on the above track, it seems to be a piccolo snare, maybe a 14x3.5 or something?
In any case it's one bad and funky snare sound.
Okay, just looked it up...it's John "Jabo" Starks, recorded Aug. 23, 1973, according to "Give the Drummers Some!" by Jim Payne. However, according to the book's index for that particular song, there is no discussion of the type of snare used.
There's a huge drum forum out there, forget the name right now, that might be a better place to look
I've got a really cheap Remo 13x 3 or 4 that's got that high and tight sound and everyone who uses it loves it. It's made out some artificail material, almost like particle board. One drummer is having a cop made he liked it so much.
IMO that classic JBs sound is all damping and the way the drum is played...i.e as someone said rimshots and other methods of getting lots of different tones out of the drum.....It's not the result of using a piccolo sized snare or cranking the tuning of the drum up. I've been down that road and the results were disappointing.
Because...the old Ludwig 400s were aluminium, but the new ones are chrome metal. Has anyone compared the old 400s to the new ones.
I own a 400 from the 60s and one from the early 00s. Both are 5" x 14".
The shell is definitely the same -- aluminum -- but the rims are different. The older rims are lighter. The new ones are beefier. They might also be different core materials.
For stage I use my 60s with the original, lighter, rim on the snare side, and a new Ludwig die-cast rim on the batter side. It has more pop and punch than I can stand -- I can feel it in my chest! Be sure to put good heads (I like the Aquarian satin on top) and some Purecussion snares on the botton. Crank it down for tight and funky. Loosen it up for a more "aluminum bat to the chest" sound.