Originally Posted by Frank
Anyone ever played one of these?...
I have been tempted a few times - they're very inexpensive. Anybody know what
they sound like?
Yes, I have. I picked up both the 10" and 12" recently. I also have several of the 14" version of that snare.
I clicked with the 10" snare right away. It's got a snappy, sharp sound in the center, with a nice hint of ring further towards the edge.
The 12" took a bit of fiddling to get it to a sound I like. But I haven't changed even heads on either one of them, and they sound more than good enough to use.
Both the smaller snares are excellent values, and well worth the relatively small amount they cost. I got both of them new for under $200.
EDIT: after living with them for a while, I decided the 10" just wasn't doing it for me. It's now gone. Must have been the honeymoon thing - ha ha.
It sounded pretty good, but there was very little tuning range, and where it sounded good was just plain too high. I've come to like the 12" much, much more.
I originally got them because I was going to use them with a matching 18" bass drum to make an 'all snare' kit. But I never got around to that -- LOL.
Here's a pic of the 10,12 and one of the 14's: