Yet, the most overlooked part of the snare drum is this set of wires underneath the drum where the instrument got its name. Yes, the snares! Snare wires are often ignored, yet it's one very important component in a snare drum sound. Back in the day, snare wires are pretty much generic. When your snare wires break down, there are plenty of generic, inexpensive replacement sets available in our local music store.
I've been using Puresound Customs on my Magic Drum 5"x13" Tama Artwood Maple snare drum since early last year. That workhorse drum had numerous modifications. It's been through different batter head changes, and I even replaced the throw-off mechanism. But the Puresound Custom wires were the biggest and most significant difference. I remember the day I beefed up the Magic Drum with the 13" 16-strand Puresound Customs. After mounting the Custom wires to the drum, then some tweaking and fine tuning, I just played, and played... And I kept playing! I was wearing a big smile the whole time. The Magic Drum was already a joy to play in the beginning; but with the Puresound Custom upgrade, it was like a rebirth for my trusty power piccolo. The overall quality of the drum's sound was leveled up notches higher. Snare sound was more crisp, more articulate, more sensitive, and more dynamic. Buzz roles and ghost notes are more defined and more effortless-sounding. And just like any other quality instrument, it easily responds to the player's touch. I also remember the Magic Drum's first gig with the Puresound wires. I got compliments that night from fellow drummers in the audience & even from my bandmates! (Note: You can backread this old blog of mine, where I documented my first experience with the Puresound Customs).
I wonder how the guys from Puresound figured it out. It is the design of the copper-plated clip? Is it the medium-gauged, evenly spaced, premium-grade steel alloy wires? Or is it a combination of these elements, plus some secret formula or special design from the Puresound designers and engineers that we've never heard of? Whatever it is, the Custom Series wires are working well and it's bringing wonders to those who have experienced it. Up to this day, I still wonder how a simple snare wire upgrade can make an already good-sounding drum sound even way better? I would like to compare a Puresound wire upgrade on a snare drum to a stock car being pimped and tricked out into a leaner and meaner machine.
I would love to think of the Puresound Custom snare wires as my snare drums' ultimate secret weapons (though it's no longer a secret). The Custom Series snare wires may be more expensive than most wires available in the market, but it's the best investment I've ever made for my snare drums. It's definitely worth it, and I highly recommend it to fellow drummers who wish to rejuvenate their snare drum sound.
You can order Puresound snare wires here in Manila, through Vinci Rodriguez of The Drum Shop.