How do you change the sound?

The speech is simple and obvious: The larger the tailpiece, the more the sound of the snare drum will be affected by it. Less tailpiece (tailpiece with few threads), and what comes out is much more faithful to the sound of the drum (a combination of woods, circles, and skins).

If you put a tailpiece with many threads the sound of the drum does not change, but its nuances vary, what is the characteristic sound of the tailpiece varies.

Assembling a tailpiece with 10/14 threads and maybe not very spiraled will have a darker sound. By increasing the numbest of threads, the sound will be brighter. My advice is not to overdo it from either side.

There is an infinite number of special strings, such as the one with 10 wires arranged in a wider manner. In this case, a dry sound is maintained compared to a standard 10 wires while maintaining the sound characteristics of the drum.

Pure sound produces tailors with empty center space useful for reducing the characteristic rustling sound when other drums are played.

Obviously, for the same number, coiling, and materials, different brands may sound different. We just have to try.


The assembly of the tailpiece depends on the wire harness that is used. In general, the resonant skin is assembled, it is tuned, and then we proceed with the tailpiece.

The process is obvious, you mount the tailpiece leaving it with a low tension, then you play the snare drum and keep pulling it slowly (e.g. a quarter of a turn at a time) until you reach a sound that is a right mix between response and sensitivity, depending on gender and our “touch”.

The sound will pass from being bland to being very dry and depending on the genre and your taste, you will stop at the moment you deem appropriate.

A very tense tailpiece will be good for those who play very strong but will lose its characteristic rustling and a little sensitivity when playing ghost notes.

If, after playing the toms or the eardrum, you hear the tailpiece emitting a little rustling sound, my advice is not to use handkerchiefs or other ways to stop it completely. A little tailpiece should be heard and during the live shows, it won’t bother you. If the noise is not exaggerated, it will not bother even during registration.


When mounting a tailpiece (but also applies to other pieces such as skins), beware of a number of things.

Although they are now all produced in series, some tailpieces have manufacturing defects such as welding burrs that could ruin the skin. It is often easy to remedy with a file to prevent this from happening.

If it is not possible to file the weld, you can opt for a thicker resonant skin such as the Aquarian Hi-Performance Series which has a reinforcement in the part where the retina rests.


What a stupid question. Yes, you read that right, I said stupidly. Why?

If you had to ask 10 different drummers when a snare drum sounds good, you would get 10 different answers. For this reason, we sell the most varied types of snare drums, skins, circles, and tailpieces.

First, you need to understand the genre you need to play. It is obvious that a very nice snare drum in a rock situation is not exactly what you need in a jazz situation and vice versa.

The snare drum sounds good depending on many things like the skin, the stem, the rim, the tailpiece but also depending on what it sounds but above all depending on who plays it. It seems trivial but it is not. Don’t focus on the numbest of retina wires maniacally, but to begin with, if you don’t know where to find your bearings, choose a standard.

From there you can make all the adjustments you want and the tests you want. Taking it apart and reassembling it often does not damage the snare drum and will indeed give you experience, as well as try different types of skins and drumsticks.

The advice as always is to make tests and judge yourself with your ears.

I hope however that this overview has been useful to you and has helped you to clarify some aspects.

If you want to add or correct anything, if you have suggestions, experiences that can complete the article or something that you believe is wrong, I invite you to let me know in the comments.

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