That special blend utilizes differences both in metal and wire wind density to deliver the exact sound desired. The two sixes in the 6-8-6 combination is six phosphor bronze strands on the outsides of the Hybrid 20. These strands are made from a special B8 phosphor bronze formulated just for snares. Those strands are wound with an especially tight wind, which delivers additional snare-to-drum head contact. Resulting in a crisp tight attack from these strands. The “8” in the 6-8-6 blend is for the eight strands of high-carbon stainless steel found in the center of this great snare wire. The steel naturally produces a fatter tone that is less staccato when compared to the bronze wire. This is augmented by the use of a larger wind, which increases the space between winds and reduces snare-to-head contact. Blending together the specially manufactured wires gives the SABIAN Hybrid Custom Snare Wires a unique natural EQ effect making it easier to get that perfect snare tone that you are hearing in your head.