View Full Version : Alex snare heads

10.08.00, 07:33 PM
I know I've brought this up before - but has anyone tried to emulate Alex's snare sound - and if so - what type head/drum combination have you used? I have a 6.5x14 steel snare with either a Remo CS Coated w/Black Dot head or a Remo CS Clear w/Black Dot head with some tape underneath it.Tensioned pretty tight...I find the Coated head is warmer sounding - but Al always seems to use clear ones?

10.08.00, 08:30 PM
There is actually one person I know that sounds damn good. The drummer in my band has Alex down and has got to be the best local drummer I have ever heard. And I am not saying this cause I get to play with him. I think you will someday hear about him his name is Mike. WOW is the only word. Picture John Bonham power with Alex Van Halen and Tommy Lee spiced up with the late great Eric Carr of KISS.

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10.10.00, 08:06 AM
I've used to same head combos that you guys have except I've been doing it with a maple snare, rather than a brass or steel snare. I don't know if Al has ever used a wood snare but I almost always see him with a metal snare. I still came pretty damn close, all though I didn't hear it on tape.http://www.vhforums.com/vhlforum/smilies/biggrin.gif

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11.28.05, 07:09 AM
Howdy, I used to run a site dedicated to the man himself, and here's what I found out from different sources. I don't remember how I got this info--I think it's a combination of old interviews, speculation and partly mythology.

The snare is probably 8" in depth, usually a metal shell. I've never heard what type of snares he uses on the bottom, but I have a feeling they aren't standard. I've also never heard anyone mention the tightness of the strainer--I would assume that it is fairly loose. Both heads are very tight. He has used remo black dots (mostly), silver dots and coated heads over his career, usually taping the entire underneath to make the head thicker. Here's the secret weapon, so to speak, that I usually don't see from people that respond to this--he replaced the standard thin bottom snare head with a standard-thickness clear batter head. I've come pretty close with this combination.

12.07.05, 07:11 AM
I heard that AVH used a Tama rosewood snare for a while, but I don't think he does anymore.
Tama snare drum info (http://www.tama.com/history/full_size/29-SD.jpg)
More Tama snare drum info (http://www.tama.com/history/full_size/28-SD.jpg)

12.07.05, 12:22 PM
Definitely not the Rosewood, but maybe one of the steel varieties. I'll have to dig out the photos of the rear view of the kit from this past tour...