Back Beat Snare Wire 42

CPSS-BB14SNPW

Powerful sound and projection at all volume levels

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Canopus Back Beat snare wires have been developed to emphasize the back-beat – especially in high volume situations where the snare sound may feel like it is being buried by other instruments.
Maintaining these qualities of the standard Canopus Back Beat wires, we have developed the extra wide 42 strand snare wire – which allows the drummer to play comfortably, without straining, while delivering a full, pleasing snare back-beat at all volume levels.

We have eliminated 2 common problems of other wide snares: 1) Canopus 42 strand snare wires do not mute the resonance and response of the drum. 2) We have controlled the indistinct sound created by excess snare buzz.

Furthermore, the 42 strand snare uses high quality nickel plated wires which highlight every nuance of sound and vibration and yet have a controlled response and sustain.

Enjoy the open, powerful and responsive sound.

Back Beat Snare Wire
No. Size Type
CPSS-BB14SNPW for 14″ 42 strand<
Nickel Plated

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Brad Schlueter / writer, reviewer or product tester

Usually, if a drummer wants to alter the sound of a drum, he’ll change the heads. That can make a dramatic difference to the way a drum sounds. However, many drummers have favorite heads and resist swapping them for those with a different sound and feel.

Brad Schlueter / writer, reviewer or product tester
Usually, if a drummer wants to alter the sound of a drum, he’ll change the heads. That can make a dramatic difference to the way a drum sounds. However, many drummers have favorite heads and resist swapping them for those with a different sound and feel.

Upgrading the wires under your drum is another effective, if often overlooked method, to improve the sound of your snare. The more wires in contact with the bottom head the drier the drum will be. If you have a very lively or thick metal snare that has too much ring, one way to help tame it is with a wider set of snare wires. The number of wires beneath a snare can also affect the drum tone a bit.

Enter the Back Beat 30 and 42 Snare Wires (models CPSS-BB14 SNP30 and CPSS-BB14 SNPW). These chromed snare wire sets are similar to each other but differ in the number of coiled wires that contact the bottom head. The 42-strand model is about 4” wide compared to the 30-strand model that is an inch narrower.

As you’d expect, the wider wires had a drier sound than the narrower set. So if you have a drum that sounds too lively with standard 20-strand wires, either of these models can help dampen the decay.

I tried these on a couple of different drums. One of my metal snares has a raucous, lively character and long decay was noticeably improved with these wires. I slightly preferred the 30-strand model on my drum, but if yours is livelier than mine, the 42-strand model might work better. However, I liked how the 42-strand model helped dry up some of my drum’s rim shots. It seemed that the brightness of my drum was slightly attenuated, bringing out more of the midrange, making for a fuller and more balanced tone. Best of all, my drum’s seemed to become more sensitive with these wires.

Also, I noticed that if you like your wires to be a little on the loose side, more wires can give a smoother, denser rattle/decay. This can be effective on a power ballad.

I also received sets of the Vintage Wires (CPSL-14NP, CPSL-14DR) and Back Beat Wires) CPSS-14NP, CPSS-14DR) to try out. Frankly, I liked all of these wires on my snares. I put each set on the same drum and all these wires improved the sound over the stock wires that had been on the drum. My drum seemed brighter and crisper with the Canopus wires. If I had to pick one or two for my drum, I’d choose the chrome vintage or chrome backbeat model, since they were a touch brighter than the natural wires in each series. If your drum doesn’t need brightening, the natural finish wires might be a better choice.

When I loosened these wires some, they had a slightly coarser decay than the wider wires mentioned earlier, but were still quite nice.

Comments

Charlie Nicholson
Charlie Nicholson

The 42 and 30 back beat snare wires. I had no idea how much of a difference the snare wires really make. The 32 strand made my snare sound like a firecracker that went off 2 ft from your ear. Made an incredible difference.
Then I put the 42 strand on. And wow. That thing added a completely new sound to my drum that I'd never achieved before. I'm never going to back to the standard snare wire.

Leon Ndugu Chancler
Leon Ndugu Chancler

The back beat snares gives you that crisp vintage snare sound on a vintage drum.It also gives new drums a new uncooked broad snare sound.

Brian Tichy
Brian Tichy

Canopus makes great snare wire that produces a tight, even and sizzling sound on snare drums! I'm happy knowing Canopus is under mine! But you gotta check out all the other top notch products they have!

Matt Starr
Matt Starr

Canopus snares have dramatically improved the sound of my snare drum. Warmer, fatter & more clarity.