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Old 11-08-2013, 03:05 PM
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Default Trying to decide Snare

I know this has been asked, but I want to know your opinon.
Looking for suggestions for a good all around snare. I play anything from Classic rock to Smooth Jazz. Up to the $400 range.
I'm playing a PDP MX series maple snare now.
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Size 14 X ?
The store has so many it's overwelming to try all of them. Narrow the list down a little.

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Old 11-08-2013, 03:36 PM
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Maybe a sonor phil rudd
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:12 PM
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Default Re: Trying to decide Snare

Go for a deeper drum shell. Something like 14 x 6 or more. This will give you a broader range of tuning. I play the same style and my go to snare is a Pearl sensitone brass 14 x 6.5. This is also in your price range.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:21 PM
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Ludwig Supraphonic 14 x 5
Tama SLP 14 x 5.5
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:52 PM
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Maybe you just need two snares??? My son uses a big loud steel yamaha snare (about $100 on sale) for classic rock, and he just pops a maple black panther on for something smoother with less pop. Are you saying that you play both those types of music at the same gig?
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:08 PM
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I just got a 14x8 maple Black Panther, and I think it's a great all around snare. You can tune it to just about any sound you need.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:55 AM
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I just got a 14x8 maple Black Panther, and I think it's a great all around snare. You can tune it to just about any sound you need.
Hey Eric,

Did you get the "Special Edition" or the "Big Cat"? I think that the special edition is all maple while the FC is a Saturn style shell..
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:42 AM
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Ludwig Ludaloy Supraphonic 400 5 x 14 snare drum, the most recorded snare drum of all time and there is a resason for that. They sound great with just about any head. Very hard to make one of these sound bad.
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Ludwig Ludaloy Supraphonic 400 Very hard to make one of these sound bad.
I know people who could, lol, no really
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:59 PM
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Do you prefer wood or steel more, The Acrolite re issue 6.5 x 14 should work fine and be in your budget, its a nice in-between wood and say steel or brass. The Natal Bronze snare like in my avatar is another I would recommend.
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Hey Eric,

Did you get the "Special Edition" or the "Big Cat"? I think that the special edition is all maple while the FC is a Saturn style shell..
It's the Special Edition...
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:27 PM
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Ludwig classic maple if you like wood, which many do. I metal, an Acrolite or LM400. there is a lot of good buzz about the steel supralites. They sound great!
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:53 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I will test the mentioned snares and let you know what I decide on.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:23 PM
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Why spend all of $400 if you don't have to?

Used Acrolite, Pearl Sensitone or even Luwig Rocker 6.5 x 14 chrome over wood (about $50-60).... all excellent snares.
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If you want a metal "clang", get a brass snare like the Pork Pie BOB. If you want a metallic dry "crack", get a Supraphonic, either 5" deep or 6.5" deep, depending on your preference for body. If you want the warmer sound of wood, find a Slingerland Hollywood Ace or Artist snare--the sound of a Radio King, but about half to 1/3 the cost.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:45 PM
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You should check out Castle Drum Companies "keystone series". It's more money, but with the 14" batter and the 13" resonant head, you get a drum that covers a lot of different styles. They have the wide tuning range of the 14" with the pop and cut of the 13".
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:47 PM
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I haven't heard this particular drum, but I think the price is decent.

Any thoughts?

http://norfolk.craigslist.org/msg/4190212226.html
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Yeah, for sure. Can't go wrong with a nice 14x6.5 brass.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:42 PM
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Default Re: Trying to decide Snare/Decision made

I hit a lot of the snare drums you guys recommended and decided on the used DW Black Nickel over Brass. This is a great sounding drum and for $240, I could not pass it up.
Thanks for all your help.

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