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Stvst29
01-26-2010, 08:32 PM
I need help in choosing a snare for under 250...I'm under a tight budget, but I wanna upgrade my pdp fs series snare.



Any Suggestions?

Stvst29
01-26-2010, 08:38 PM
btw I play rock, contemporary christian rock, and funk...

I really like playing along to Carter Beauford and Chad Smith...I like their snare drum sounds...

I need suggestions please

thechief7676
01-26-2010, 08:45 PM
Check ebay.
I just scored a Mapex Maple/Elm Black Panther for $380. $100 less than buying new.

MikeM
01-26-2010, 08:51 PM
I'd go for a used Ludwig Supra. They're not too hard to find since about 10 million of them have been produced over the last 50 years or so.

For new, I'd look at Pearl Sensitone Elite snares. You can choose from 5x14 or 6.5x14 in steel, stainless steel, bronze, aluminum, or brass. I have the brass and love it. The aluminum is no slouch either, from what I hear. I'd be really curious to hear a bronze as well. They're very well made drums and sit right around your price point.

T.Underhill
01-26-2010, 09:20 PM
I agree with used. Supra, heck even an Acrolite for 100 bucks.

.altamont.
01-26-2010, 09:20 PM
I'd go with a Black Panther Maple Cherry Bomb 13x6".
You can easily get one for about a hundred bucks used on eBay.
I got mine for 100$ shipped in a practically new condition, original heads on.
Pretty versatile size too.

Mapex is now changing the Black panther line, so all of their "old stuff" is on huge sale. My local drumshop is doing a "buy one get one free" snare deal on the old BP line.

Real deal for the money.

caddywumpus
01-26-2010, 09:46 PM
Something used, for sure. There's no use in getting a $250 snare new when you could get a $500+ snare used for the same. Well, it at least opens your options WAY up...

sqadan
01-26-2010, 09:47 PM
I'll add my vote for either a used Supraphonic or Acrolite. Certainly the most bang for the buck considering how versatile they are.

Kothlow
01-27-2010, 04:08 AM
Third on the supra or acro. I have an acrolite, I use it for everything. Tuning range is rediculously great, and if you like a tight pop it doesnt choke at higher tunings. Have mine fitted with an evans reverse dot, mmmm perfect. Ebay, $100

Slaminsam
01-27-2010, 04:47 AM
2nd, 3rd, 4th..... on the Supra or Acrolite look at GC used gear as well as Ebay. I got a Acrolite from GC for $50.00 and I also picked up an Allegra 14x6 Maple for $150.00 from GC as well.

mind_drummer
01-27-2010, 05:02 AM
Acrolite is the easiest answer here ;-)

Stvst29
01-27-2010, 06:01 AM
thanks

so far I'm looking at the pearl sensitone brass or the Ludwig Acrolite

Filacterua
01-27-2010, 01:06 PM
Last night I read this and found no less than 10 worthy entries in eBay. I'll post a few I found interesting:


http://cgi.ebay.com/MAPEX-BLACK-PANTHER-SNARE-12-X-7-NATURAL_W0QQitemZ180460467797QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_2?hash=item2a04483655 - tried it: great crack and surprising body
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Pork-Pie-Big-Black-Brass-Snare-Drum-6-5x14_W0QQitemZ270520778250QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3efc4b7e0a - never tried it - BB knock-off; great reviews, tho...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Tama-Starclassic-Performer-5-5x14-Sunset-Fade-EX_W0QQitemZ380149392132QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item5882ab6304 - I have this and other three snares - this is my favorite
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pearl-JJ-1355-Joey-Jordison-Signature-Snare-Drum_W0QQitemZ280441613111QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item414b9f6b37 - sounds great in the Slipknot records; great bite
http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-ROGERS-POWERTONE-5x14-COB-BRASS-SNARE-DRUM-set_W0QQitemZ270521642530QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVintga e_Drums_Percussion?hash=item3efc58ae22 - great for recording. Would try to get die-casts for it - sounds great with them
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pearl-5-5x14-Black-Nickel-Sensitone-Snare-Drum-174-95_W0QQitemZ380196889612QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item588580240c - All of these Pearl drums are great
http://cgi.ebay.com/PEARL-5-1-2-X-14-BRONZE-SensiTone-Snare-Drum_W0QQitemZ160395468358QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item2558509e46 - Heard this in 6.5 about 12 yrs ago; still have not heard anything quite like it...
http://cgi.ebay.com/mapex-black-panther-13x6-natural-cherry-stainmapleshell_W0QQitemZ330398729797QQcmdZViewIte mQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ced4c8645
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mapex-Snare-Drum-Saturn-Pro-Series-14-inch-Deep_W0QQitemZ110473000071QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item19b8b43487
http://cgi.ebay.com/LUDWIG-ACROLITE-SNARE-DRUM-4-5-X-14_W0QQitemZ290386110387QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item439c5c67b3 - The standby: I have had two of these which I have been forced to part with. I intend to keep the next one. I DO prefer the Black Galaxy model, since reports of inconsistency in the B/O badge variety are common. Some people swear by the older keystone badge model, but I find them hard to come across at the right price, given their age...


My personal recipe for Acrolite Heaven includes a Remo Ambassador batter and a generic, 42-strand set of wires. MMMmmmm!!!!!!!!!!! Yummy!!!

MikeM
01-27-2010, 01:19 PM
Last night I read this and found no less than 10 worthy entries in eBay. I'll post a few I would lay down for:
Nice list! I like the 2 Sensitones on there. The Bronze is really sexy! There's the Black on Brass Sensitone, too. Only thing is that they're both 5x14 (not 5.5x14 as the add says - nor is the acro a 4.5x14 for that matter). Of those, I'd do the Pork Pie which is basically the same as the Pearl Sensitone (so many Black Beauty knock-offs it's hard to keep track!) but it's a 6.5x14 which is my preferred depth (most versatile IMO).

Course, it's hard to beat a $100 Acro, too! Very cool drums.

Stvst29
01-27-2010, 07:50 PM
Last night I read this and found no less than 10 worthy entries in eBay. I'll post a few I found interesting:


http://cgi.ebay.com/MAPEX-BLACK-PANTHER-SNARE-12-X-7-NATURAL_W0QQitemZ180460467797QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_2?hash=item2a04483655 - tried it: great crack and surprising body
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Pork-Pie-Big-Black-Brass-Snare-Drum-6-5x14_W0QQitemZ270520778250QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3efc4b7e0a - never tried it - BB knock-off; great reviews, tho...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Tama-Starclassic-Performer-5-5x14-Sunset-Fade-EX_W0QQitemZ380149392132QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item5882ab6304 - I have this and other three snares - this is my favorite
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pearl-JJ-1355-Joey-Jordison-Signature-Snare-Drum_W0QQitemZ280441613111QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item414b9f6b37 - sounds great in the Slipknot records; great bite
http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-ROGERS-POWERTONE-5x14-COB-BRASS-SNARE-DRUM-set_W0QQitemZ270521642530QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVintga e_Drums_Percussion?hash=item3efc58ae22 - great for recording. Would try to get die-casts for it - sounds great with them
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pearl-5-5x14-Black-Nickel-Sensitone-Snare-Drum-174-95_W0QQitemZ380196889612QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item588580240c - All of these Pearl drums are great
http://cgi.ebay.com/PEARL-5-1-2-X-14-BRONZE-SensiTone-Snare-Drum_W0QQitemZ160395468358QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item2558509e46 - Heard this in 6.5 about 12 yrs ago; still have not heard anything quite like it...
http://cgi.ebay.com/mapex-black-panther-13x6-natural-cherry-stainmapleshell_W0QQitemZ330398729797QQcmdZViewIte mQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ced4c8645
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mapex-Snare-Drum-Saturn-Pro-Series-14-inch-Deep_W0QQitemZ110473000071QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item19b8b43487
http://cgi.ebay.com/LUDWIG-ACROLITE-SNARE-DRUM-4-5-X-14_W0QQitemZ290386110387QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item439c5c67b3 - The standby: I have had two of these which I have been forced to part with. I intend to keep the next one. I DO prefer the Black Galaxy model, since reports of inconsistency in the B/O badge variety are common. Some people swear by the older keystone badge model, but I find them hard to come across at the right price, given their age...


My personal recipe for Acrolite Heaven includes a Remo Ambassador batter and a generic, 42-strand set of wires. MMMmmmm!!!!!!!!!!! Yummy!!!


yeah I agree...this is helpful, I'll probably snag one of these

mind_drummer
01-27-2010, 08:02 PM
yeah I agree...this is helpful, I'll probably snag one of these


Even for me the Acrolite is tempting but being already an owner of an Acro, the PP is really nice and never heard any complaint from owners of them. Sure you cant replicate the BB sound but you can get it as close as it gets.

Stvst29
01-27-2010, 08:03 PM
has anyone heard or played a mapex black panther maple snare? It goes for 200 on sam ash

Adam8
01-28-2010, 12:49 AM
You can get nice Premier snares for about that price. I love the bronze sensitones and Supras are great too.

Skulmoski
01-28-2010, 04:10 AM
Before I opened this thread, I thought the majority of answers would be a used supra; no surprise there. It's an amazing workhorse.

GJS

MikeM
01-28-2010, 04:17 AM
has anyone heard or played a mapex black panther maple snare? It goes for 200 on sam ashI have, almost bought it, too. I couldn't get it tuned up to my liking in the store, though, but it could've just been the stock heads or my impatience with it. Very well made, though.

I ended up with a DW Collectors maple, but I didn't like it, so I doubt I would have warmed up to the Mapex.

I think I'm just not a fan of wood snares... or maybe not thin ones, or not maple ones - I really don't know. I know I like brass and aluminum, though, I can tell you that!

Stvst29
01-28-2010, 08:23 AM
yeah I was sorta leaning on the steel snares..

Adam8
01-28-2010, 04:07 PM
The older Pearl Sensitone Steels with 10 lugs are awesome and they go on ebay all the time, sometimes for under $100 and in good condition. Probably the best cheaper steel snare you can get.

Filacterua
01-28-2010, 11:19 PM
yeah I was sorta leaning on the steel snares..

In fact - you mention Chad Smith's sound, which is a Pearl Steel snare. I've seen it for sale - it DOES seem to fit your budget. However. I owned it and it did not do it for me, really... You can get the sensitones - which I like much better - for much less...

I would take a serious look at the bronze - it's just killer...

scarlit
01-28-2010, 11:29 PM
im considering picking up a used acro. my new band is about go do a demo. the only snare i have at the moment is a mapex m birch. i've never owned an acro or sensitone. do you guys recommend them for recording?

Stvst29
01-29-2010, 12:01 AM
In fact - you mention Chad Smith's sound, which is a Pearl Steel snare. I've seen it for sale - it DOES seem to fit your budget. However. I owned it and it did not do it for me, really... You can get the sensitones - which I like much better - for much less...

I would take a serious look at the bronze - it's just killer...

thanks that's really helpful because I was thinking of getting the chad smith signature...

but right now, a steel sensitone brass or bronze is what I'm looking at

Adam8
01-29-2010, 03:17 PM
The only thing about the Chad Smith snare and his sound is that he doesn't actually use that snare. I doubt that he's ever used it in the studio.

Adam8
01-30-2010, 06:53 PM
Here you go http://cgi.ebay.com/PEARL-SENSITONE-BRONZE-6-5X14-SNARE-DRUM-STE1465PB_W0QQitemZ280458622147QQcmdZViewItemQQptZ LH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414ca2f4c3

MikeM
01-30-2010, 07:27 PM
Here you go http://cgi.ebay.com/PEARL-SENSITONE-BRONZE-6-5X14-SNARE-DRUM-STE1465PB_W0QQitemZ280458622147QQcmdZViewItemQQptZ LH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414ca2f4c3Now that is something to drool over!

Adam8
01-30-2010, 07:35 PM
That's gotta be a decent price because I paid $325 for mine back in '98 or '99, but it had tube lugs and single flange hoops with claw hooks and rim guards. I like the ebay one better though because the claw hooks on mine broke easily and the tube lugs eventually stripped.

Stvst29
02-01-2010, 08:08 PM
the sensitones are going for good prices on ebay

BRONZE OR BRASS?

Filacterua
02-01-2010, 11:36 PM
the sensitones are going for good prices on ebay

BRONZE OR BRASS?

I'm a bronze dude. I know that I'm vastly outnumbered, but I would strongly encourage you to seek out a bronze drum and put it through its paces. You really need to taste this firsthand as there is no substitution for a first-person aural experience.

Aeolian
02-02-2010, 05:14 AM
FWIW, I've played a 6 1/2 Pork Pie BOB and found it to be really versatile. Normally I'm not into deep drums, but you could get a great funk crack out of it as well as the deep hit in the middle. One of these is on my list for the next purchase.

TwistedZ
02-02-2010, 03:37 PM
I have an older 10 lug steel Sensitone in 6.5x14 that I love. I set it up with Pearl Mastercast die cast hoops top and bottom and Fat Cat 24 strand snare wires and it sounds awesome. I can get it to do anything I want.

fusssion
02-02-2010, 04:39 PM
Acrolite !!!!!

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scarlit
02-03-2010, 10:27 PM
so whats the word? do people recommend the acro for recording?

Filacterua
02-03-2010, 10:33 PM
so whats the word? do people recommend the acro for recording?

Keith Cronin is a long distance mentor and friend (based in Florida) who has plenty of session experience both live and in the studio. He has this sample page (http://www.keithcronin.com/studio_samples.html) which will give you an idea of what to expect when miking up the Acrolite.

The drum did not do it for me in our last band's record, but that is because it is a very high energy, hard rock affair (www.filacteria.com). My Tama Starclassic ended up taking care of most of the tracks, even more so than the Brass on Brass BB my buddy lent me...

scarlit
02-03-2010, 10:46 PM
i play alternative rock mostly. would like to record with something better than my mapex m birch snare. i've been lookin at the sensitones elites as well, the used steel and aluminum models are priced very well

Pacific Blue
02-03-2010, 10:53 PM
thanks

so far I'm looking at the pearl sensitone brass or the Ludwig Acrolite

I bought a 14" Pearl Sensitone Elite (the one that looks like its made of copper) about a year ago. It's unbelievable. If you are looking for a Carter Beauford snare, you should check it out. It has awesome crack, but still a good depth/low end. I crank it a little tighter than most people probably do though. I'm a huge Carter fan, and when I play along to songs like Ants Marching, I always feel like "wow, his snare drum at the beginning sounds just like the one I'm hitting now. For a sub$300 snare, it's great. Overall, I've had great luck with Pearl snare drums.

Stvst29
02-04-2010, 07:41 AM
I bought a 14" Pearl Sensitone Elite (the one that looks like its made of copper) about a year ago. It's unbelievable. If you are looking for a Carter Beauford snare, you should check it out. It has awesome crack, but still a good depth/low end. I crank it a little tighter than most people probably do though. I'm a huge Carter fan, and when I play along to songs like Ants Marching, I always feel like "wow, his snare drum at the beginning sounds just like the one I'm hitting now. For a sub$300 snare, it's great. Overall, I've had great luck with Pearl snare drums.


I love his snare sound! What type of metal is your sensitone made of?

Pacific Blue
02-04-2010, 03:37 PM
It's a 14 x 5 "Beaded Phospher Bronze" snare, with ten lugs. It goes for $263.40 USD online to give you a general idea. I usually keep a Remo Ambassador on it and its awesome. What I also like is its very versatile in the sense that it doesn't sound gimmicky (overly high or low or weird), it just sounds classic. Almost like, "this is what a snare drum should sound like".

Stvst29
02-05-2010, 06:35 AM
thanks I'll consider that!

BGH
02-05-2010, 08:27 AM
There's always a ton of great snares on eBay. Lately, I want to buy every one I see :)

Stvst29
02-26-2010, 02:27 AM
Yeah I got a really good deal on ebay for a Pearl Sensitone. I actually got a Bronze Pearl Sensitone for 130, and it is almost new. It's 5.5 by 14

Andrewski
02-26-2010, 08:17 AM
Acrolite is the easiest answer here ;-)

This man speaks the truth - I picked up an Acrolite way back in high school and just got around to fixing it up, and I swear since I started playing that thing I've never looked back. Definitely look into an Acrolite.

BGH
02-26-2010, 09:08 AM
Yeah I got a really good deal on ebay for a Pearl Sensitone. I actually got a Bronze Pearl Sensitone for 130, and it is almost new. It's 5.5 by 14

Good job. Let us know how you like it, along with a pic.

scarlit
02-27-2010, 01:36 AM
i picked up a brass 6.5x14 sensitone last week. with a new weatherking coated controlled sound head. for $165. have not had time to mess with it too much yet.

Stvst29
02-27-2010, 07:36 AM
I got the pearl sensitone bronze today. It sounds amazing, I love it!

At all tunings, it had a distinct sound with a bite. I love cranking it up, it sounds amazing.


It looks good too.


I'll post a pic later

MikeM
02-27-2010, 02:40 PM
Nice! I've been thinking that the bronze is probably really amazing. I'd love to add one to my collection so I could have my Supra (aluminum), Sensi Brass, and a bronze to round it all out.

Then on to finding a wood snare that I'd like - I know they're out there. I liked my old 5.5x14 Slingerland that I never should have sold...

PICS! Get 'em up soon!

Strangelove
02-27-2010, 08:32 PM
Supras - aluminum?????? That's Luddie blasphemy you know. How dare you call Ludalloy aluminum! ;-)

MikeM
02-28-2010, 06:11 AM
Supras - aluminum?????? That's Luddie blasphemy you know. How dare you call Ludalloy aluminum! ;-)Right, it's just whatever scrap metal was cheapest and most available that day - mixed in with whatever they swept off the floor, I know. I was trying to be DISCREET!

A-customs
02-28-2010, 12:02 PM
[QUOTE=Skulmoski;657855]Before I opened this thread, I thought the majority of answers would be a used supra; no surprise there. It's an amazing workhorse.

GJS[/QUOTisecond that, the older superphonic ludwig, is for me the best sounding snare drum i own.And they are cheap.Everyone shoud own one............

Byzance
02-28-2010, 02:08 PM
Best buy for 250bucks is a used Snare. u can almost get anything used for 250 with a bit of luck. Happy ebaying!