Many people are confused when the topic is the alloy for manufacturing drum plates.
The subject is not really that simple for those who are not familiar with it, or for those who focus on other elements which are also very important in the composition of your drum set.
A few people believe that one alloy is better than the other, or they believe in stories about this or that brand.
All of this is part of the magic surrounding the instrument and the music where it was applied. This many a times has inspired us and guided most of our lives. However, better than living of fables and folklore is to know the technical part and understand the reasons some legends have become so real.
When we talk about alloys, we are talking about the raw material plates are made from.
The main alloys are: Brass, B8, B10 and B20.
Many people end up discriminating this or that plate or because they have a larger or smaller number in its graphic representation.
Except for Brass, which has very limited sound characteristics, the B8, B10 or B20 bronze plates can be classified regarding their sensitivity.
The more the number on the right increases, the greater its sensibility. For instance:
Plates produced in B8 tend to have a greater resistance than those made in B20, and thus, if you have a strong stroke, and use heavy drumsticks, it might be more interesting to use B8 or B10 plates, with the latter slightly more sensitive, revealling sound nuances that are more difficult to extract from the former in more controlled conditions, such as in studios and controlled environments, such as theaters or concert rooms with good capture and reproduction equipment.
B20 plates are interesting for musicians working with variable dynamics in environments demanding both techniques and control.
It is important to emphasize that it is not about this one or that one being “better”. We are talking about an array of options, where you can find the plate that best meet your needs and expectations.