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Big Evil 07-01-2005 09:11 PM

THE GOOD SNARE THREAD
 
Im wanting to buy a new snare but im not really sure what to go for. Any sugestions?

Pedro 07-01-2005 09:38 PM

Re: New snare
 
Hi

Try all the big brands.

Certainly try Gretsch. I also heard Noble and Cooley snares sound crazy!

somedrummer 07-02-2005 10:13 PM

Re: New snare
 
Go vintage! Try a Ludwig Supraphonic. you can get em on Ebay in new condition for about 250, or in ok condition for around 175. Or if you're rich, go for a black beauty. Those are very expensive but I've heard that they are expensive for a reason. Or you could get a pearl reference series 20 ply snare. Just my thoughts. good luck!

Rob

Sticksman 07-03-2005 04:29 AM

Re: New snare
 
The reference series snares are very good, as are many signature snares, the best of which are the Virgil Donati snare and Joey Jordison snare

DogBreath 07-03-2005 06:28 AM

Re: New snare
 
I hate to be a wet blanket, but just asking others which is a good snare might not get you much useful information. More than any other single piece of your kit, the snare is the most complicated. First, decide what sound you want, and then learn what contributes to that sound, and finally which snares meet your criteria. Here is some basic info that might help you decide.



Sound in a snare is affected by many things, including shell material; diameter (distance from edge to edge); depth (distance from top or beater head to bottom or resonant head); porting (holes) in the shell or heads; type, material, construction, and quality of the lugs and hoops; the number of lugs; head material; surface coating of the heads; number and tension of the snare wires; the tightness of the heads; the relative tuning between the heads; whether or not the heads are free-floating; and whether or not there are internal reinforcing hoops. See what I mean?



Let's take just one aspect of the snare's composition, the material, and see how complicated this can get. As far as the actual material that the snare is made from, this is a short list starting from the top with darker tones, to the bottom with brighter tones:



Mahogany

Maple

Beech

Birch

Oak

Aluminum

Copper

Steel

Bronze

Brass



As you can see, wood snares have a mellower tone that is suited well for jazz (which is why I'm going to steal Bernhard's . . . I mean, buy one like Bernhard's as soon as I can afford it), and metal has a more powerful tone that projects well through a rock ensemble. By the way, acrylic shells have a sharp crack and would be near the bottom of that list.



To further complicate just this one aspect of a snare's sound, metal and wood are sometimes used together, and even full wood snares can be made from combinations of different woods, or multiple layers of wood, or solid slats or "staves" that are fused together.



Then there are the details, which also affect the sound. The edge of the drum that the head rests on is called the bearing edge, and a sharp bearing edge lends brightness and sustain, whereas a rounder bearing edge makes the tone mellower. If the interior of the snare is smooth, there will be less resonance. If the shell is thinner, there will be more resonance.



And that is just the material and construction of the shell. As you can tell, many questions will have to be answered before you can decide which snare is best for you, included one very practical one: will the drum you choose sound good with the rest of your set?

Big Evil 07-03-2005 08:07 PM

Re: New snare
 
Thank you very much dog breath for that. Im going to London in a couple weeks so i will get a chance to try out lots of snares there.

GPinney 07-06-2005 07:11 PM

What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
What is your favorite type of snare drum?

NUTHA JASON 07-06-2005 11:35 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
pearl maple free floating sanre with 42 strand snare wire.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y29...ason/snare.jpg

Superlow 07-06-2005 11:39 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
I like those Tama Bell Brass snare drums. They really cut. I don't know if they are worth $1200 though.

DrUmStIcKmUrDeReR 07-07-2005 12:50 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
black panther premium birdseye maple 5.5x14...im probably gunna buy one in january or something...

http://www.blackpanthersnares.com/im...m_birdseye.jpg

Bonham to the moon 07-07-2005 01:10 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Dunnett Ti

here

medeskisoul 07-07-2005 08:26 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
6"x12" 24ply maple Treehouse snare drum with diecast hardware and Nickelworks throwoff.
http://www.treehousedrums.com/images...blk_snr_lg.jpg

Anchein Vouivra 07-07-2005 09:52 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
If it's in matter of sound, I'd say may favourite sound is Abe Cunningham's (Deftones) snare sound. It's so clear and powerful. Just listen the first second of the song "My Own Summer" or "Digital Bath". Abe is also such a great drummer. Guess he's using a Starclassic Bell Brass snare drum............................if only one day Tama would like to endorse me, these are so expensive.
One other dream snare would maybe be the Sonor Artist serie Bronze snare, but it's also a jet-set snare.
I think i'm focusing to buy soon the Jimmy Chamberlin Yamaha signature snare. Actually I'm using my best friend's Chad Smith Pearl snare which is pretty cool, and is available for low budget.........

Speedy 07-07-2005 10:06 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Ludwig Supraphonic Snare
" Black Beauty Snare

Superlow 07-07-2005 10:23 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
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Speedy, Nice Choices.

Here's what mine looks like approximately.

Dill X 07-07-2005 10:33 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
6.5 x 14 Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum

or a Orange County Drum and Percussion Snare like the one seen here.

Superlow 07-07-2005 10:38 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
I think I would be afraid to play that ocdp drum for obvious reasons. Also you would defintely need a road case to move that to a gig. Hey but if sounds great it sounds great.

drummerboy898 07-07-2005 10:58 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
slingerland radioking. Its the one Buddy used.

Rudy McRudster 07-08-2005 12:14 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
I generally go to Guitar Center and salivate over their 6 x 14 Tama Starclassic G Maple. It just sounds so great. But for now I have a 3 x 13 Pearl Maple pic which is suprisingly warm and fat. I like it a lot.

CartersChops 07-09-2005 08:18 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b5...terrrrrrrr.jpg

carter used it with dave matthews band on the central park album, i think he uses ocheltree snare drums otherwise. but anyway, this snare has the best crack ive ever heard. it exploads, and then you dont expect it to have such incredible sensativity at low volumes. no ring, overtones get a listen for yourself

superbatmat 07-09-2005 11:08 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
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My DW collectors Maple !!! 14''x5'' !!! A must !!!
I can play all I want with it !!

Freddie Freeloader 07-09-2005 12:14 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
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from what i've been told, these drums sound as good as they look....
absolutely gorgeous....

monkanonk 07-09-2005 01:22 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
http://www.dwdrums.com/snares/snarei...e-Aluminum.jpgMy favorite snare is my 5x14 dw collector series alluminum with satin hardware. I was the lucky winner of it at the modern drummer festival!

G-money 07-09-2005 11:49 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Sometimes Very warm with NO ring

Othertimes Very bright and Rrringy!

slingerlandradioking55 07-10-2005 04:44 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
my favorite is my Slingerland 1964 Sound King snare drum.

Mokomakin 07-10-2005 07:59 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Kumu

14" x 61/2" , FreeFrame , ClassicWoodHoops , reindeer-skin on top , 2 snaresMahogany / SatinSound

http://www.kumu.fi/ukvirvelit/ffpieni.gif
http://www.kumu.fi/ukvirvelit/ff2.gif

I also love this one

14" x 61/2" RedLace / SatinSound

http://www.kumu.fi/ukvirvelit/redlace.gif

Breakbeat Milo 07-10-2005 11:34 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
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My SONOR Jungle Snare (10" x 2"0).

It's so funky. So Drum n' Bass. So Jungle.
AMAZING!

G-MaN91 07-10-2005 11:59 PM

black panther snares: difference between hammered fininish and none hammered finish
 
so ive been searching to buy a new snare and ive decided to go with black panther. im either gonna go with the premium series brass or the hammered series brass, but i cant decide. the reason i want to go with the premium series brass it because it offers a deep dark sound, distinct overtones at high tuning, a dry, controlled sound at mid tuning, and a deep punch at low tuning. the reason i wanted the hammered series brass is because it offers a great performance from brushes to an "ear-shattering" rim shot. what i was wondering is, would i get the same qualities of the premium series brass with the hammered series brass snare durm? would the premium series brass snare offer a great rim shot and good brush work aslo? also, does the hammered finish give more of a bright sound, because that is something i dont want. if anyone could answer this, thatd be great.

James Walker 07-17-2005 10:44 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Marcato carbon fiber, and Tempus fibreglass and carbon fibre shell snare drums.

(Today, my "favorite" is a 6x14 Marcato c/f - but the title of "favorite" rotates almost daily between it and a couple of my Tempus snare drums, depending on what kind of mood I'm in.)

BTW...here's a (poor) picture of my Marcato, a home-built DIY project:

http://www.malletjazz.com/snares/marcato1.jpg

needforspeed182 07-17-2005 04:42 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Mapex Popcorn Snare10/10 or a Black Panther 14"/12

G-money 07-17-2005 08:10 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mokomakin
Kumu

14" x 61/2" , FreeFrame , ClassicWoodHoops , reindeer-skin on top , 2 snaresMahogany / SatinSound







Hi Mokomakin, I was wondering what do the Kumu snares sound like? Is there an audio clip online somewhere i could here them? -Thanks they look really cool!

darkcherryfade 07-17-2005 08:58 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
6.5x14 maple shells between 8 and 12 plies are ideal to me, with either wood or die-cast hoops. Rudy McRudster, if you ever acquire a that Starclassic G Maple snare, I guarantee you'll salivate over it more at your house after you've played it with your kit.

darkcherryfade 07-17-2005 08:59 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Also, EVERY high end Yamaha, Tama, and Gretsch snare I've ever played.

eddrummer05 07-20-2005 08:24 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
hello, i like many snares,love the sound of piccolos very tight kind of timbale sound nice for latin music,funk,and rock too,then i like the sonor synphony 14x6,other snare i love is the sonor jungle snare 10x2 it has jingles on the sides hehe..

ctdrummer 07-22-2005 07:14 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
In order of favorite.
1) Slingerland Radio King 5-1/2x14 mahogany shell
2) Ludwig Acrolite 5-1/2x14 aluminum shell
3) Yamaha Absolute 6-1/2x14 hammered copper

tomtom 08-02-2005 12:40 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
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At the moment my brand new Dunnett Ti 6,5 x 13: here

Second, my Brady 5,5 x 14 Jarrah ply

finnhiggins 08-02-2005 12:42 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Freddie Freeloader
from what i've been told, these drums sound as good as they look....
absolutely gorgeous....

I haven't got a wood Ayotte, but I think the Keplingers are a little overrated. They're good drums, but I own one and it's not really as good as the price tag would suggest. A bit dry, lacking in character. Really loud though, and it doesn't sound like a metal drum which is nice.

Gorm 08-02-2005 02:14 AM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
I love my ludwig supraphonic (i love the price i got it for too off ebay, 190 bucks) I had a chrome over wood snare I got a while ago. i liked the sound as well, its broken though. Needs a new throw off plus it was missing a lug, didnt effect the sound as much though

Jason Dorn 08-02-2005 05:46 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
My favorite snare drum is a 5.5x13 maple DW Craviotto a great all around drum with a coated powerstroke 3 this drum can be comfortable anywhere from moderate jazz through hard rock. This drum is the perfect blend of warmth and cut. I get compliments from other drummers and soundmen all the time.

Jason Dorn 08-02-2005 05:48 PM

Re: What is your favorite type of snare drum?
 
"Kumu

14" x 61/2" , FreeFrame , ClassicWoodHoops , reindeer-skin on top , 2 snaresMahogany / SatinSound" Wow this drum is way to beautiful for the throwoff that is on it.


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