Buying a Marching Snare Drum

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When buying a marching snare drum, determine what type of head to get, what wires will work best and how much you want to spend on the drum. Determine whether to buy a metal or wooden marching snare drum with help from a professional drummer in this free video on drums.

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Buying a marching snare drum. So when you are buying a marching snare drum there are a few things to keep in mind. 1) What will it be used for? 2) How much do you need to spend? There is really varying prices on marching snare drums and really very varying styles. This happens to be an all metal snare drum. It is a steel snare drum. It doesn't have any kind of wood in the materials that are used to make it. They also make wood marching snare drums and they come in varying thicknesses so where you can see this one is only a three or four inch drum they make marching snare drums all the way up to 12, 15, even more inches so the sound that you want to get out of it is really going to depend what you want to do with it and what it is made of. So additionally the heads that are used on marching snare drums can really vary. This right here is a more traditional white coated head. A lot of marching snare drums will be fitted with kind of these semi transparent mylar heads and those give where they can be tightened up very very tight which a lot of times marching snare drums will want a lot of rebound so they'll tighten them with the lugs extra tight. You also want to consider snare drum wires when you are picking a snare drum and you want to pick a marching snare drum that will allow you to use a lot of different types of wires because you don't necessarily know what type you'll want and again a good marching snare drum will let you get wires that can be really cranked and tightened to a really tight level which is a lot of times the effect you want with a marching snare drum.

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