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Old 10-17-2012, 06:33 PM
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So my new (1920's) Universal snare has dents in the shell. One at the strainer and one at the butt. No huge surprise. Seems like these old metal drums all have these dents.

I suspect that the dents are affecting the sound of the snare though so I'm thinking of finding a way to get them fixed. I also think one of the dents has brought the snare side out of round as the bottom head fits very tightly.

So, for you guys with experience in this kind of thing: 1. Am I crazy or might the dents be affecting the sound? 2. Any tips on getting dents repaired in a metal shell? I'd try to do it myself with a rubber mallet but the dents are kind of up under the bearing edge so it's tricky. I'm in the Boston area so if anyone has a specific craftsman to recommend in this area, that'd be great.

Here's a pic of the strainer-side dent:

Thanks,

John

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Old 10-17-2012, 06:42 PM
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I could be wrong but looks like crimped snare beds? Seeing how there's 1 on each side and all?
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:00 PM
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Wow, it never occurred to me that it could be that. It looks fairly crude but I supposed in the 20's the manufacturing wasn't very sophisticated. I suspect you're exactly right. I guess I win the dumbass of the year award.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:07 PM
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Those are the beds. Ludwig crimped their beds on their metal snares up until the early 60s. Most metal drums nowadays have a wide shallow bed that's fairly discrete.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:42 AM
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Slingerland shell's.. same thing.. right up to the 80's, Thats just how it was done.. "precision crimping"..
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:51 AM
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You learn something new every day. Thanks fellas.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:45 AM
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Nice ring, man.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:55 AM
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Haha, thanks Gilnar.
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