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A Brief History of the Marching Drum

Introduction | Rope Tension | Rod Tension | Short Lug | Full Lug | Early Kevlar | Later Kevlar

Rope Tension

Up until 1931, all pipe bands the world over played on "Rope Tension" drums. Some of these snare drums had metal shells, but mostly the shells were wood. The snare, or side drums usually had eight to twelve gut snares fitted to the snare, or bottom head.

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