Concave Bottom on Snare Drum
by Douglas Cooke
I am thinking about buy a used and in ( very good) condition Pearl export Snare drum and the guy wants $55.00 for it. I have seen and played it, however, it is slightly concave on the resonance bottom side of the drum. On both sides of where the Snare threads go through and connects, the wood of the shell has been uniformly (about 3/16 of an inch) removed so that only the snares themselves touch the reso-skin. That means, when it is tightened, the drum doesn't sit flat on a flat surface and when I eyeball the rim at profile; the concave is visible, however uniform; but on a snare stand it's not noticeable. The wood removal looks professionally done.
So, my question is: is that a normal characteristic for A Pearl Export Snare Drum (bout 10 years old or so), or is this a private modification that will have a negative effect on the drums performance in the future? Right now it sounds and looks great with no rust, new snares and both skins are new Remo Diplomat?
I think I understand what you are saying and it seems like someone has altered the rim. Did you ask the seller what was done to the drum?
Drum rims are constructed as they are for a reason and I am afraid that if the rim is altered, the shell will eventually suffer. I have no personal experience with this kind of alteration, so I am just guessing.
On the other hand, if you like the sound of the drum, for $55, it might be worth the chance.
Maybe some of our readers have had experience with this.
I hope I was clear enough and appreciate any answers.