Still twice the price of an Oriollo. On the other hand you would likely turn a profit upon resale of the Sonor (so long as cast drums haven't gone out of fashion by the time you sell).If you were to find an original Tama bell brass snare, it would set you back even more. The Sonor isn't that outrageous by comparison.
Jeremy, Have you tried either of the Phonic reissues? Rosewood/Beech 14x5.75 or the Mahogany/Beech 14x6.5? I have the former and it is to die for. You can pick them up mint/used for $900 or so. Worth every penny. Hold their value too.I'd love one of the 6.5's.
Sigh... both my credit card and tinnitus won't tolerate it.
I personally wouldn’t trust Gretsch USA to make these drums right. Try Oriollo. Vukan will make any metal drum to your specifications and the result will be second to none (including Sonor and Tama, much less Gretsch..).These drums are on a whole different level than most. Obviously, it's personal preference if the price is worth it. But it's easy to see why it's priced at what it is.
One of the only bronze snare I would get is the Gretsch USA custom 5mm Phosphorus Bronze snare.