Well I pulled the trigger on this TAMA snare. It's a 13x6.5" TAMA Artwood snare. $100 to include a leather TAMA snare case. The owner said its birch but I wonder if it isn't maple. All the reviews online suggest this drum is maple. Anyone know for sure? It's got a nice black to dark silver burst lacquer with a very subtle sparkle to it.
The owner won it in a raffle and it was literally never used. I didn't believe it at first but there were no marks on the head until I started testing it. Sounds amazing with a tight "pop" that decays quickly. I probably won't even use any moongel on this.