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  1. Playing since 1976

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tasty808 View Post
    So, Majicdrum, who's been on here since 2010 but has only posted 6 times, had asked a question about 8-lug free floaters. I knew Gretsch had made their own version of the free floaters so I pointed that out. Then, a few days ago, I'm on Facebook when a guy posts a picture of a rare 14x10 (or 12) free floater with a Pearl shell.

    Could be the original maker of the free floater though... I forget what company Pearl took the design from, CB maybe? Anyway, I know pearl made free floating marching snares but I believe the strainer was attached to the shell and the chassis was at the top of the drum... this could be a modified version of that(?).
    I don't know which company originated the free-floating snare drum, but it appears that Sleishman makes an 8-lug snare drum, in both 13" and 14", and with all sorts of options in shell and hardware finish. http://www.sleishman.com/sleishman-custom-snare-drum/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    I don't know which company originated the free-floating snare drum, but it appears that Sleishman makes an 8-lug snare drum, in both 13" and 14", and with all sorts of options in shell and hardware finish. http://www.sleishman.com/sleishman-custom-snare-drum/

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    The ring doesn’t seem to be attached to the shell. How is this really different from a single tension drum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quicksticks View Post
    The ring doesn’t seem to be attached to the shell. How is this really different from a single tension drum?
    The only difference I can see is, it's easier to change heads on a Sleishman, one head at a time, than on a single tension drum. Right around 6:30, you can see him switch shells pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    The only difference I can see is, it's easier to change heads on a Sleishman, one head at a time, than on a single tension drum. Right around 6:30, you can see him switch shells pretty quickly.

    At 2:50, he explains that it really is a single tension system, so tightening one head does affect the other. I like Pearl’s system much better.
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    It's been forever since I posted, so I wanted to share a pic of a very special free-floater... from WAY back... this piece is in a little museum honoring a multitalented man - 3 guesses, or if anyone's seen it before, say where it is/to whom it belonged!

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    Here's my FF complement - Pearl 3.5" Brass, 5" Copper, 6.5" Maple Stave, 8" Brass, and my Maple Sleishman! I also have steel shell for the 3.5" and the 5.5, a Brass for the 5" and an Aluminum for 8".

    Some comments:

    3.5" is the PERFECT piccolo and I have never even considered buying another one (I do have a 3x13" pearl brass for my amusement which I had from before the FF).

    5" - I wasn't in love with the copper when I first got the shell, but it's grown on me.

    8" - I paid dearly for this one, but I wanted to own one since it was (is?) the snare Gene Hoglan preferred and he stated how much he loved it. A tribute to one of my favorite drummers.

    Funny Sleishman story - I got this used from ebay. When I received it, the guy had tape ALL OVER the top head. I'm not sure the previous owner understood the strength of the FF... I put all new heads, snares, and it now sings beautifully....

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    Hi guys,

    Maybe someone can help me out, I'm trying to get parts for my snare for a rebuild, I'm just wondering where I can get the parts? and which would be easier to procure as well.

    Posted the pictures here:
    https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/s...post1854459982

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikewebber View Post
    Hi guys,

    Maybe someone can help me out, I'm trying to get parts for my snare for a rebuild, I'm just wondering where I can get the parts? and which would be easier to procure as well.

    Posted the pictures here:
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    You should measure the distance between the mounting holes for the throw off and butt. I believe the SR1000F strainer will work on that old free-floating chassis, but I'm not sure. You might also get away with the SR160F, but the chassis might need some modification. See this post.

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    Hi all, just got hold of a 2nd Gen 90's brass 14 x 3.5 free floating snare. It's pretty beaten up but it was cheap so treating it as a project.

    I have a question though. The Snare strainer and butt side mechanism (S-010) bolt to the middle arc hoop. Are they supposed to bolt onto it snugly and fixed? The ones I have wobble and have play/movement when screwed on, is that normal?

    Thanks, Ben

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    Rare carbon shell FFS for sale on eBay UK, with what looks like worldwide shipping - bargain price too: by the time I imported mine into the UK (from America) it was £500 all said and done

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    All cleaned up/fixed and ready to rock. Sounds great!

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    Hello!
    Need more info about this one,seem like 1st gen but I never see this throw off and the badge looks like a sticker not like a metal badge.
    Thank you!
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