Vintage Snare Wire

From a warm whisper to a deep roar, Elevate your snare drum to its full potential

Vintage Snare Wire
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From a warm whisper to a deep roar
Elevate your snare drum to its full potential

snare drum is the most important component in the drum set, and the snare-wire is a crucial component of your drum’s sound. This fact has not been widely recognized until very recently; only a few drummers understand this important connection.

1n 1960, Ludwig and Slingerland manufactured what has now become the standard for good vintage wires. Several manufacturers have tried to re-produce the sound. After years of research, we have replicated the Slingerland wire taking several factors into account such as material, spiral diameter and pitch. We finally decided on a core thickness of 0.5 mm, a spiral diameter of 1.35mm and a pitch of 3.4 mm.

In that process, we also found that the end plate is another determinant of a snare-wire’s sensitivity, and we have tried various sizes for these as well. We concluded that 0.5mm is optimal to hold the wires. We also decided to exclude the guiding grooves for snare strings and tapes that most manufacturers use. These guiding grooves impaired the sensitivity of the snare drum. Our end plate is quite thin however; it may have caused breakage of strings and tapes. We resolved the problem by having the lapel at the holes on the end plate.

After years of careful analysis of the material composition, thickness of the end plate, shaping experiments and production consideration, we have the CANOPUS Vintage Snare Wire.
Super Jazz drummer Bill Stewart once visited us. He was so impressed by our proto-type Vintage Snare Wires he asked us if he could use it. Many CANOPUS endorsers appreciate the sound quality of this snare wire.

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Vintage Snare Wire
No. Size Type Remarks
CPSL-14NP For 14″ Chrome Snare wire cord is fitted as standard equipment
CPSL-14DR Dry
CPSL-13NP For 13″ Chrome
CPSL-13DR Dry
CPSL-12DR For 12″ Dry
CPSL-10DR For 10″ Dry
For Zelkova
CPSL-ZL14NP For 14″ Chrome Snare wire cord is fitted as standard equipment
CPSL-ZL14DR Dry
CPSL-ZL13NP For 13″ Chrome
CPSL-ZL13DR Dry

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Review

Jordi Geuens
Jordi Geuens

The Canopus snare wires make a very important difference in sound. My snares have more body & tone and the snare wires themselves give me a sweet & crisp sound! Love them!

Brent Lee
Brent Lee

Canopus Snare Wires give me the crisp and sensitive sound I'm looking for. Invest in the best, choose Canopus Snare Wires!

Dave Johnstone
Dave Johnstone

Canopus wires make my snare drums sound their best. They respond at a full range of dynamics and give an amazing tone. I use these wires on ALL of my snare drums, live and in the studio!

Lee Ruff
Lee Ruff

Your line of snare wires is absolutely great. It's quite obvious that you have done extensive experimenting in the development of your line of snare wires. I can remember when I was touring back in the 60s, how snare wires were designed. Many drummers today still put the "old" wires on a "new" snare drum from any of the drum companies. Those old wires, if you can find them in usable condition, can sweeten up just about any snare drum. For years I have been looking for fresh, new wires that have those same qualities. Your company has answered that calling. Your "Vintage" wires are even better than those old 60s wires. The thin end pieces and wire with just the right number of coils per inch and tension, are simply the best I've ever heard. I love your unplated, "Vintage" snares for acoustic jazz. Your "Backbeat" wires are equally impressive to me, when playing funky rock, soul, jazz fusion or big band. Congratulations to your company for a job well done!

Fred Dinkins
Fred Dinkins

Canopus snare wires are the best! They allow you to execute dynamics with ease. You can hear the smallest ghost notes and eliminate unwanted snare chatter because of the extreme sensitivity that you get from the snare wires

Jason Sutter
Jason Sutter

Canopus Vintage Snare wires have changed my snare drum sound in ways I never thought possible; More tone, sensitivity and volume! You wont believe what you have been missing!

Mike Baird
Mike Baird

Let me start out by saying that from one drum to the next it was very difficult to find what would be a normal wood or metal drum (ply, steam bent, what type of wood etc.) metal brass, steel etc. But I did pick a few drums to get a general consensus this is what I used.

Martin Kleibl
Martin Kleibl

The Canopus Vintage Snare Wire will change the sound of your snare drum immediately. If you are looking for the warm and full sound from your snare, try it!

Leon Ndugu Chancler
Leon Ndugu Chancler

Canopus snare wires are like customizing your snare drum to get you exactly what you need. I use Canopus snare wire to get to the sound I hear in my head. Canopus products make it easier to do what I do.

Terry Gargulio
Terry Gargulio

These snare wires are great the snap and pop are like no other you have to try them there the best !

Ralph Petrossino (SIR, New York)

I have been involved with drums for 25 years and have been a drum tech for some of the best drummers in the world. So, I have a good ear for this kind of thing. Canopus Snare Wire sounds great and the snare beds are very responsive. They are holding up very well in our rehearsal room and gets lots of compliments on the sound quality.

James Ivers (SIR, Miami)

The difference in sound and tone is noticeable. The snares seem to bring out the mid range and low frequencies otherwise dormant in the snares we have modified with your snare wires.

Jeff Chonis
Jeff Chonis (Drum Paradise, LA)

thas a fat warm sound.

Herry McCarthy
Herry McCarthy (Drum Paradise, Nashville)

They lay on the snare bed just right and it enables versatility with sensitivity.

Eric Bilger (Allied Music)

Canopus Snare Wire have quality and performance which is un matches by any production Snare Wire Product. Their design features materials quality and perfection in manufacturing is obvious. The crispness, dynamic range and clarity they offer would be welcome by any drummer hoping to derive a new special sound from this favorite snare drum. The selection of snare wires available also ensures that Canopus has a snare wire appropriate for any drummer regardless of the type of music he plays.

Donn Bennett (Dann Bennett Drum Studio)

The Canopus snare wires sound great!! They dramatically increase sensitivity and decrease snare buzz. That's a winning combination!!

Paul Jonason
Paul Jonason

Great warm and sensitive sounding wires. The fullest sound with least amount of unwanted overtones. By far the best wires for any drum.

Uli Frost

A great Snare sound with a Canopus snare wire belt!

Denny Seiwell
Denny Seiwell

They sound great -quite an improvement!

Gary Gauger (Inventer of Rims)

Refind sensitivity very sensitive.

Bob Hersen (Paul Batterfield, John Patitucci)

They are great sounding snares with a warmer, deeper, richer tone.

Michael Lauren

The snare wire seems quite durable and obviously has much to do with the way the snare responds.

Ron Powell
Ron Powell

I'm always looking for extremes, in sounds. The Canopus Snare wires, give the most and purist snare sound. They are great.

Neal Sausen

own several sets of Canopus Snappy Snare Wires and have found them to be the MOST SENSITIVE, BRIGHT, CLEAN, (and most important!) musical snare wires I have ever owned! Great on Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum. THE BEST Canopus Snare Wires.

Steve Murphy
Steve Murphy

The Canopus Vintage Snare Wire is always pure and crisp with the perfect amount of warmth and amazing response. It makes recording snare drums pleasure. Also incredible live clarity.

Albe Bonacci
Albe Bonacci

Fat, sensitive, smooth, there on all my snare drums this is a great all around company.

Henry Newmark

These are the closest to the old Slingerland Snare Wires which were the very best sounding.

Franky dee
Franky dee (Legend of Country Drummer, George Benson)

They are very responsive, crisp even tensioned. These are very sturdy wires and good in all musical situations.

Ndugu Chancler

They are very nice. The sound is crisp and responsive.

Ian Froman
Ian Froman (Metalwood)

Vintage Snare Wires ; gold series gives a nice warm sound while the silver is brighter.

Adam Nussbaum
Adam Nussbaum

The new Canopus Snare Wire will make any snare drum more responsive and user-friendly.

Tutty Moreno
Tutty Moreno (JOYCE)

It gets difficult to get back to use the other ones.

Alphonse Mouzon
Alphonse Mouzon

Canopus Snare Wires are amazing and very unique! They make my snare drum sound more clean and crisp than before -just the way I like it!

Clarence Penn
Clarence Penn

It's the most sensitive wire on the market so if you need sensitivity, this is the one to have. I use them on every recording I do.

Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart

Canopus Vinatge snare wire improved sound to my any snare drums.Warm and Crisp !!

Steve Murphy
Steve Murphy (Alan Persons)

The Canopus Vintage Snare Wire is always pure and crisp with the perfect amount of warmth and amazing response. It makes recording snare drums pleasure. Also incredible live clarity.

Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette

I love these Vintage Snare Wires by Canopus.

Tris Imboden
Tris Imboden (Chicago)

My Snare drum arsenal rocks with Canopus Vintage Snare Wires.

Zoro
Zoro

Truly diggin' my Vintage Snare Wires.

Carmine Appice
Carmine Appice

Canopus Snare Wires Pro's Tools.