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Old 09-28-2011, 07:55 AM
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Question Snare Buzz


Hi folks,
I have a new drum kit, a Pearl Vision 6 piece. After setting everything up I noticed that when I hit the 10" rack tom I get a buzzing sound from the snare. What can I do to get rid of this annoying buzz? Thanks for your help and ideas.

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Old 09-28-2011, 06:00 PM
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Re: Snare Buzz


Try tightening up the snares more to the head or a different tuning. Also the tom and snare might be too close together depending on how you set up your kit and that could be giving you the sympathetic buzz. It's a pretty normal thing, and sometimes can be related to the snare drum being tuned close to the same frequency as the tom. I've had this happen when my guitarists play certain notes and not when they play others.

Hope this helps! Good luck!
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Thanks, I will definitely try this out. Someone also told me that putting a square or two of facial tissue under the snare wires on the snare drum may also help.
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Re: Snare Buzz


Yep, that works sometimes too. I gave all the complicated answers and skipped the easy ones. WOW.
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Re: Snare Buzz


Darn...the tissue completely deadened the snare it was as if I had released the snare wires completely. I also tried loosening the heads of the snare and 10" tom but it didn't really help. Any other suggestions?
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Re: Snare Buzz


Loosen the 4 lugs closest to the snare wire to just before the head gets wavy.
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Thanks I tried that and it didn't help but I fixed the problem by tuning my 10" tom down a bit and that really helped.

BTW thanks to everyone for all the suggestions!!!
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Re: Snare Buzz


I'd suggest cranking the snare a bit tighter (both heads). It's just a wild guess, but it's quite common for snare drum heads to be too loose -- either because they've been played forever and never tightened or they were just set up that way in the store. The heads need to be pretty tight to get a crisp, snappy sound. They're going to be way tighter than the toms, so there won't be that sympathetic buzz.

Congratulations on getting the Vision kit. I've seen and played one at a friend's house and it had a very bright, punchy tone for a relatively inexpensive kit.
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Re: Snare Buzz


A Lesson On Reducing Snare Buzz By Bob Gatzen

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Re: Snare Buzz


Puresound Equaliser 16 strand snare wires work well. I've put them on a 14 x 5.5 Keller Vintage Mahogany snare. I tried a few snares, but the design and the fewer number of snare wires has done the trick of cutting down unwanted vibration. It doesn't necessarily follow, but the smaller the drum the fewer the snare wires needed. Just something else for the mix!
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