Mordpol Snare Drum 6"x14"I was thinking much about making a snare drum in the last few years and in spring 2012 I took all my motivation and started the whole thing. The wood is from my father-in-law's wood shed #1, some construction wood, fir and larch I think. I chose to make a segmented shell, because I didn't have the tools to make a staveshell.
The almighty darkbluepurple mordpol snare
As you can see on the next picture, I used two rings of fir in the middle and two rings of the harder larch for the edges. It worked out ok for the first prototype, certainly isn't the best choice of wood for building drums(as you can read all over the internet) but it worked. Btw. I built my own "koko-jig" to get the shell round with a router, just google for koko jig and you'll know what I mean - that worked out great and now I can make shells with up to 18" diameter - AWESOME!
Fir and larch snare drum - a very unusual choice of wood I'd say
The finish on this wonderful snare drum is as follows: I put on two layers of dark blue/purple stain, followed by three layers of thinned linseed varnish and finally two layers of matte lacquer (spray can), because I knew the surface has to withstand sweat and beer.
Putting on some serious linseed varnish coating
I used the 100mm(4") tube lugs I borrowed from my lunar percussion 8x14 maple monster, the same with the RCK strainer. Put on some drum heads, steel hoops and bronze snare wires and impatiently tried that goddamn thing I worked on for months and then: OH YEAH, it sounded(and still sounds) amazing. It's very sensitive, but at the same time the loudest snare I've ever heard. I've been using it for quite some time now and I'm still excited about it every time I hit it - I'll certainly use it on the upcoming HOME record, so be prepared for some kick ass snare drum sound!!!
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