The 14-inch 42 strand is a snare wire for snare drums. Note - Gibraltar snares are designed to fit many manufacturers' snare drums. They are made to fit snare drums ranging from 10" to 14" in diameter and are primarily used for Jazz, Rock, and concert performance applications, such as field marching corps or similar performance situations. Snare Wire Reference Guide: Inches - This designates the diameter drum the snare is designed to fit. It may not be the actual length of the snare wire assembly. Strands - This is the amount of snare wires on each snare Normal Fit - Most snares do not fit past the edge of the snare side drum head. Extended Length - Some snare drums utilize snares, which fit over the edge of the side hoop.