Snareweight #5 is the fifth generation, built for metal triple flange hoops (die cast hoops need the pro lock available separately). It's made to last out of a weighted solid 3/4lbs. chunk of CNC'd brass. The weight, friction of leather insert and magnet, all work together to create what Snareweight call "expressive dampening"- giving color options to your playing all the way through the dynamic range.
The neodymium arched magnet secures the Snareweight to the hoop while at the same time securing the leather insert of your choice for your dampening digs. Snareweight #5 is the only body you will ever need. Slide the #5 around the rim with one hand while hitting the drum with the other until you find the sweet spot.
Snareweight #5 is the flagship damper offering the most options for dialing in the right amount of dampening quickly.
Snareweight adds mass to the head which helps to evenly smooth the lower-mid ringing frequencies that can't be reached with other methods while keeping the tone of your shell in tact. The unwanted ring of the high frequencies are shaped by the chosen insert in a snap by matching the insert with your favorite drum head.
From an engineering stand point with the weight of a Snareweight #5, you get about 2-3 db of compression from your drum, which helps to reel it in for optimum recording levels and sitting in the mix without the need for more outboard gear, eq/compression, usually better to fix it from the source.
The finish of the brass is done by hand. This hand done work is reflected in the price.
Feel the rim shot, hear the shell, target which ring..... :) True mass is the only way. Solid brass is the best way! Hear more snap, more colour and clarity from the edge of the head to the centre, rim shots pay off.