FIRCHIE TM-1 Time Machine Vari pitch roto tuning Snare Drum, from 1990's, RARE!
Excellent condition for this rare snare drum, all original parts
Serial number # 00134, made in USA
The Firchie Drum combines a free-floating, seamless aluminum shell and a rotational tensioning system.
The concept is that the entire drum can be rotated on its stand to proportionally increase or decrease the tension of both the top and bottom heads-thus raising or lowering the pitch of the drum.
The sound of the drum can literally be changed from that of a piccolo to that of a 10" deep drum (or anywhere in between) in seconds. This eliminates the need for several snare drums in a studío situation, and makes the drum extremely versatile for use on a live gig.
- - Super fast rotational tuning on both heads
- - Absolutely even tuning on both heads - Incredibly loud and responsive at any pitch
- - Double throw off system for three quick snare tension options
- - The only seamless aluminum free floating shell in the world
- - Memorize your tension position with a marker on top head for instant recall of sounds
- - Release counterclockwise after playing to avoid head fatigue
- - Built with care using the best chrome plated brass lugs and solid casted brass rim.
Ivan Firchie speaks about his innovation: IF: "The drum has many tones. You can simply mark the drumhead to find the sound you had been using or want to lock onto. For a deep rock sound or a higher jazz sound, you just need to turn the drum to that marked setting each time you play. By turning it to that exact setting, the drum will tune the same each time. It’s also a loud snare, possibly the loudest ever. The snare has a lot of “ring,” and if you play loud you will have the loudest sound you can possibly create. If you don’t want that much volume, the answer is easy: just don’t play as hard. If you want that room-filling sound, though, this snare is very responsive and will match how you play. The Roto-Snare also helps to preserve your heads. On a normal drum, the head can suffer—even when you’re not playing— from material fatigue. By de-tuning, you allow the head some relief. If you turn the drum counter-clockwise, you can save the life of the head and turn it back when you need to play. " Here's a bit from the Modern Drummer, August 1992, Produce Close-Up (review): The Firchie snare drum, designed by Ivan Firchie, combines a free-floating, seamless shell and a rotational tensioning system similar to that of a Roto-Tom. Once the heads are lug-tuned evenly to a medium tension, the entire drum can then be rotated on its stand to portionally increase or decrease the tension of both the top and bottom heads. The sound of the drum can literally be changed from that of a piccolo to that of a 10"-deep drum (or anywhere else in between) in seconds. This eliminates the need for several snare drums makes the drum extremely versatile for use on a live gig, or in a studio situation. To add to the versatility of the drum, it is equipped with a strainer and throw-off at each end of the snares. (These strainers are attached to the lower rim, not to the drumshell.) By adjusting the tension of each strainer differently, you can achieve Three seperate snare sounds by virtue of using either one, or both, of the strainers.