I play the snare drum in an ensemble that plays a lot of classical music, and in order to avoid having the snare rattle during percussion rests, I make a habit of turning off the snare during long rests. However, when playing on the snare I most frequently have access to, the act of turning the snare back on creates a noise that's loud enough to be heard in recordings of the ensemble.
At times, though, I've had the opportunity to play on a different snare that's virtually silent when the snare is turned on, and I'm interested in trying to recreate this effect on other snare drums. What aspects of drum hardware and/or tuning are relevant to allowing a snare drum's snares to be activated as quietly as possible?
This question is related, but instead deals with the task of minimizing the snare rattle itself, rather than the sound of snare activation.