Wire wound silk snares and the so-called “snappi snares” require very little attention, except that they have a tendency to cut through the snare head at the edge. The easiest precautionary measure is to put a strip of adhesive tape or preferably gummed paper about 1/2″ wide on the head at the point of contact. This will prevent wear, and in most cases will prevent the head from tearing around the edge.
If the drums are equipped with gut snares, the snares should be kept taut when the drum is not in use to prevent the snares from stretching unevenly or becoming entangled. Gut snares are affected by the moisture in the air, and for this reason must have much more careful attention than snares of other types.
One of the most satisfactory types of snares in use is the hard woven snares, as these will not damage the head nor are they affected by the humidity. This type of snares is recommended for parade drums, and, in most cases, concert drums used by the average band. If the drummers or bandmaster happen to be thoroughly familiar with the proper care of gut snares, and if proper attention can and will be given daily to the snares, gut snares do give a certain quality of tone that cannot be duplicated with any other snares.