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#1 xsabers

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 03:08 PM

Got this tip on <ahem> another forum. Tried it and it worked like a charm.

For those who mount one or more toms on snare stands, pick up some large diameter surgical tubing from a medical supply store. Using warm, soapy water, slide the tubing over the snare basket arms and trim to fit. 1 foot was more than enough for the entire stand and it set me back $3. This works so well I am completely amazed. You can even clamp down a bit to hold the drum at an angle and it will still sing. Did an A/B test and the audible sustain was a full 8 seconds and the overtones were the warm, longer sound waves. Without the tubing, the sustain was about 3-4 seconds and the overtones as it faded were the high frequencies you get when a drum is choked. Previously, this drums had the older Pearl ISS mounts which can sound pretty good. The snare stand w/tubing is a huge improvement though.

Gonna do it to my snare too to see what affect it has.
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 03:50 PM

Details please! What diameter and thickness tubing? How long are the pieces? You just slide them over the existing rubber ends? Do you slide them around the 90-deg bend where the arm goes from horizontal to vertical? How 'bout a pic? :D
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 05:33 PM

Details please! What diameter and thickness tubing? How long are the pieces? You just slide them over the existing rubber ends? Do you slide them around the 90-deg bend where the arm goes from horizontal to vertical? How 'bout a pic? :D


What? I can't hear you; my toms are still resonating... :lol:

It was the largest they had and I think it was .750 ID. They do slide over the rubber ends and encompass the L-Bend. I just covered the rubber completely and added a bit more. I didn't trim the extra off until it was installed. I think it helped when pushing it on. I wish the tube came in black, but it's not too visually obtrusive. I may take a Sharpie to the outside of the front arm to make it black.

I had tried a few experiments prior to installing the tubing. I first took some foam from a camping mat and used wire zip ties to attach it to the stand. Result was similar to the tubing, but it looked terrible. I then took the same type of foam and put it under the feet of an unmodified snare stand, much like I've had success placing foam under floor tom legs. Result: no noticible difference. I think the rigidity and the mass of the stand itself is enough to choke the drum.

Pearl makes a few models of snare stands that have suspension arm tips, kind of like their awesome suspension FT feet. The S-1000 and S-2000 have that feature. The S-2000 is the one I want as it can adjust down to fit a 10" drum. I would like to see how these stands affect resonance.
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:16 PM

Would be real interested to find out how it affects your snare. I have the spring style floor tom feet on my 14 but regular feet on my 16. Do the pearl FT leges make that much of a difference?

Edited by sarcasmn, 13 October 2011 - 08:43 PM.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:54 AM

Details please! What diameter and thickness tubing? How long are the pieces? You just slide them over the existing rubber ends? Do you slide them around the 90-deg bend where the arm goes from horizontal to vertical? How 'bout a pic? :D


Checked the receipt. The size is 3/4" x 1//8" surgical tubing. Pics forthcoming.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:58 AM

Would be real interested to find out how it affects your snare. I have the spring style floor tom feet on my 14 but regular feet on my 16. Do the pearl FT leges make that much of a difference?

I use the Pearl feet on my SONOR FT and they make a huge difference. The SONOR feet are kind of bulbous and they appear to be designed to add isolation, but the Pearl feet are just in a different league. Unfortunately, I couldn't try them on my Meridian as the stock spring loaded feet are not easily removed. I still use foam under the MAPEX and it also makes a huge difference. It also provides some needed altitude as the legs on my 14" FT are not as long as I would like.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:23 PM

The S-2000 is the one I want as it can adjust down to fit a 10" drum. I would like to see how these stands affect resonance.

I've looked at that as well as my primary snare is a 12x7.


I think the rigidity and the mass of the stand itself is enough to choke the drum.

That makes sense.

What color is surgical tubing? Is it really soft? Would some other type work?

I've not tried the Pearl feet, but I can tell you that on my super-cheapo 16" FT, setting the legs on foam vs directly on concrete makes a huge difference. The contrast will be less on a less-rigid floor - say wood or carpet, which already gives you some of that benefit. But the suspension feet will give you max resonance no matter what surface the drum is on. On my Mapex 16" suspended FT, it makes a huge difference whether the drum is mounted at the top or the bottom of the L-rod. It likes the top.

X, I'm surprised that foam under the spring feet makes a difference. That implies that the spring feet are not nearly as good as the Pearl feet or even a piece of foam. I never would have guessed that.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 01:56 PM

The tubing is "latex" colored. They had smaller sizes in black. I would like to find some in clear. It also looks like it can be found in other colors.
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It is very pliable which is the property that allows it to provide good resonance as well as allowing it to fit over your hardware. It also makes good water balloon launchers.

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Edited by xsabers, 14 October 2011 - 01:56 PM.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 04:24 PM

Well, if you get a bad drunk at a gig, you can simply remove two of these tubes (while playing) and launch a water balloon at them! :whistle:
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