Puresound strap wires... not a good thing.

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  1. DanRH

    DanRH Old guy, getting younger

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    I went by my local drum shop and saw a DW snare on the counter and asked what was up with the drum. The owner showed me. The drum had seen some serious tour usage. Apparently, those blue strap wires that come wit the PS'd had dug into the bearing edge. I had never seen that! Even more reason to use grosgrain ribbon I guess. 45647062_2161614507424937_5670735339128356864_n.jpg
     
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    Radio King DFO Veteran

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    Yep, those wires were notorious for digging into snare beds. I've seen the notches on several snares, and it ain't pretty.
     
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    studrum DFO Veteran

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    As much as I love Puresound wires, I never could get the famous blue wire to stay tight on the wide variety of vintage drums I play, so I always use a very soft yet strong black, textile-based (either natural or synthetic) line I get at Huber and Breese, here in the Detroit area.

    From that pic, good thing I never got that blue wire to stay tight!
     
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    Rockin' Billy Very well Known Member

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    Another Like the snares but never that blue cord.
     
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    Love Puresound wires. NEVER cared for or used the blue wire.

    ANOTHER vote for grosgrain ribbon! And in the case of some older Ludwig strainers requiring cord, I like the Ludwig [orange] cord.
     
  6. JazzDrumGuy

    JazzDrumGuy DFO Master

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    I am a fan of Ludwig cords....preferably the old school white ones.....but I do dig ribbons, too.
    I have seen gorgeous drums damaged due to that dang wire....so sad.
     
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    Jordan Blue Very well Known Member

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    Those Puresound blue wires are from hell. I go back and forth between grosgrain or old school Ludwig snare cord, mostly cord.
     
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    Treviso1 DFO Master

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    I never use those wires because I saw the same thing on several drums many years ago.
     
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    I use Puresound but I never used the blue wires. I've always used either grosgrain ribbon or Ludwig snare cord. I had no idea that the blue wires could damage the edges on a wood drum like that ...
     
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    Wow did not know they did that. I dont think I have any on shares but I will remember this for future reference
     
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    Throw them in the trash!
    Grosgrain ribbon or Ludwig snare cord for me.
     
  12. CherryClassic

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    WoW!! Guess I'm lucky; each time I bought Puresound, the dealer installed them for me with Ludwig snare cord. I didn't know they came with wire. LOL

    sherm
     
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    I think they started to use that blue wire after guitar string company D'Addario bought them. Weird that the guitar strings are never let to touch wood on guitars, but they think that is ok on drums. Whoever decided to use coated guitar strings as snare strings is an idiot. Of course they will eat their way up through the reso head and in to the wood, especially if you turn the snares on and off a lot, it's basic physics.
    I've seen one really nice solid shell N&C's bearing edges ruined with deep cuts because of these, and also also one brass drum having some mild damage.
    It's a shame. And is it so that Puresound are still sending the wires with these strings?
     
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    so where / what grosgrain do you buy instead of these
     
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    5/8" grosgrain from any Walmart or other sewing goods store. They have many colors. Be sure to take a lit match to the ends so they don't fray on you.
     
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    For any of my vintage snares that will only allow the use of string, I use Ludwig string. Really great stuff! For drums that can use a strap, I tend to make my own from Scotch filament tape. This is the style used by Slingerland and has worked great for me. I even keep some old snare-side heads and cut out pieces for strap. This thinner material works so much better than commercially bought plastic straps, like those used on Ludwig drums, which is too thick for my liking.

    -Mark IMG_0037-1.jpg IMG_0037-1.jpg
     
  17. xsabers

    xsabers World's Second Most Okayest Drummer

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    So in other words, don't be a-frayed to singe the ends! I also can't stress enough the importance of buying the correct width of ribbon. Bought the wrong one once by visually estimating and it was too wide for the wire butts.
     
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    xsabers World's Second Most Okayest Drummer

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    That's not damage. Those are the new DW "Snare Wire Cross-Laminated Sound Groove Snare Bed Enhancement Channels"!
     
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  19. swarfrat

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    Grosgrain comes in all sorts of cool patterns and colors too! I like the lucky cherries - reminds me of a one armed bandit:
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    They used the blue coated wire from the start. I had this happen on a Brady snare back in 2001 and contacted Puresound and then owner Yoav DeBasc. I bought a lot of wires directly from him at the time. I told him about this but they kept on selling them. Never, ever use the blue cords!
     

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