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    I was just wondering what the beading in the snare does to the sound, or is it just for looks?
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    i think it manipulates the vibration of the shell, as well as hammering does.
    im not completely sure, but i think it might help control the tone some.
    ever heard a straight shell? they are really kind of noisy.
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    Good point jazzkat. I have a vintage Slingerland Steel snare from the 70s (Does not have a bead) and a BB brass snare from Pork Pie (Has the bead). The Slingerland can ring into next week if I let it. The BB does not. I know, different metals as well. I would wonder if it is structural as well. My pork pie is 7.5 by 14 and my Slingerland is 6 by 14. The Slingerland weighs about as much as a boat anchor for an Aegis cruiser probably not requiring any reinforcement.

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    Probably mostly for strength.
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