Big Fat Snare Drum 14″ Original
Back in the day, Ringo had his Ma’s tea towel. But obviously we now live in the future. And in the future, we use science! Big Fat Snare Drums look simple in design but they are so effective as when throw one on an eye-wateringly cranked steel snare drum, it will suddenly sound like 14″ x 8″ mahogany, deep, dry tub – magic.
Except it’s not magic. That black gasket around the edge of a BFSD is weighted but not just to stop the sheet of tough Mylar from jumping about as you hit it. It is a specific weight, maths has been done, paper and pencil, not like Zappa maths, science maths, designed to coax out the lowest frequencies from your snare drum, dry out the top-end and accentuate the woodier mid tones. And these things really do work. We were quite skeptical until we had a go ourselves. The Original BFSD features a sheet of Mylar for balanced attack and warmth.
We find that Big Fat Snare Drums work best when you tune your snare drum high. This tuning has the skins make sure that shell produces the frequencies it does more energetically. This then has a greater effect when you throw a BFSD on – it’s like having another drum in your gig bag! And obviously, made in the U.S.A.!