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Old 02-09-2018, 09:48 PM
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What's the best snare you have tried?... in your entire life!
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:20 PM
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Rogers dynasonic, then Ludwig supersensitive.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:26 PM
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Joyful Noise TKO Brass 14X5
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:28 PM
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Hmmmm...I don't think I could name a best snare because I have a handful that I love for different reasons...

Gretsch Brooklyn Bell Brass
Gretsch Rosewood
Gretsch New Classic Maple
Oriollo Phantom
Unix Stave Bubinga
Some random Premier Snare that I grabbed years ago
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:55 PM
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I like sitting in on someone's dilapidated drum set, and then re-tuning his snare to sound incredible, and then playing with the band. It gives folks hope of what their instrument can really sound like with proper experience and knowledge.

But I've owned and tried several high-end snares, and most times I'm a bit disappointed by how much tweaking you have to do to make them sound good. It's rare when I meet a high-end snare that required almost nothing of you to sound good. Maybe this is why I recommend Ludwig Acrolites so much?
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:57 PM
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Maybe not the best but years ago I had this black Zildjian alloy snare that was wonderful, wish Id never gotten rid of it.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:57 PM
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Craviotto $1,500 snare, and Ludwig Acrolite mint condition I bought recently for $190.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:58 PM
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Maybe not the best but years ago I had this black Zildjian alloy snare that was wonderful, wish Id never gotten rid of it.
Did that also come with a set of Zildjian Pitch Black cymbals? That would be awesome!
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:03 PM
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That would've been, sadly no tho Bo.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:26 PM
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Are you going for rabbit or fox?
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:33 PM
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:59 PM
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I have to at least identify one wood and one metal:

Joyful Noise TKO brass 6.5x14 (the aluminum Luminary, while very different sonically, is an oh so close second)

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Fibes fiberglass.
Good enough for Buddy,good enough for me.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:56 AM
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For me, it is a tie between the Fibes Buddy Rich model, and a 14 x 7 Slingerland Radio King in White Marine Pearl finish that I got to play at the boutique drum shop that used to be in Orlando near where I live. They were both cranked up to a very high tuning, and they sounded so buttery smooth and not the least bit choked even at that tuning.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:11 AM
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Wittman Stave Drums 14 x 6"

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Old 02-10-2018, 01:15 AM
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I was at Guitar Center one day with the intent of buying a new pair of sticks, but this Tama Superstar Maple kit on display had one of the best sounding snares I have ever heard in my life! Too bad I didn't buy it.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:57 AM
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Honestly, an ayotte maple snare with maple hoops tuned med-low. Can not believe I did not buy this one, it was a one-off during their "are we open or on hiatus ?" moments some 5 years or some ago. Stupid me.

Others are okay, and I do own some nice high-end snares and have played quite a few... but any decent maple, birch or metal snare I can make work

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Old 02-10-2018, 02:04 AM
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A Yamaha Steve Gadd Maple 14x5 with metal hoops ( first iteration) sensitive, full of body and tone and really controllable. just bloody gorgeous.
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Old 02-10-2018, 03:37 AM
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Hmmmm...I don't think I could name a best snare because I have a handful that I love for different reasons...
My thought exactly! Right now, I'm geeking out on an Allegra 14x7 maple snare I recently purchased, from back in the Dave/Tony era of Allegra...
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:23 AM
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Ludwig bronze Supraphonic. It's an incredible drum.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:23 AM
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The best snare I’ve tried/owned is my Oriollo 1.2mm spun brass Encore. It’s just an amazingly musical instrument....so sensitive and so much warmth and character.

Another that really stuck with me is a 20s 2pc brass in 6.5” we used in a shootout. That thing was an absolute low end monster.
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:51 AM
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Ludwig Black Beauty 6.5x14 - no question.

I have JN TKO in same size and various other high-end snares (Crav, Dunnett etc). They are fine drums, and more refined in some ways, but I always come back to the BB as the overall finest balance of tone, sensitivity and feel.

I am waiting to see if a new Jenkins-Martin snare can topple the BB though.
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:09 AM
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I love my pearl free floating brass doubt I'll ever play another snare. I have had old ludwig supraphonic, dw, mapex, pearl masters, and various others throughout the years. The reason I know this free floater is so good is that it sounds great even with old heads and lugs out of tune. It is very crisp marching drum sounding but that is what I'm into. It is an older one where the strainer extends outside of the rim I read somewhere that one is special and it is to me. Usually use powerstroke3 on it no other muffling.
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:40 AM
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Craviotto single ply 6.5X14 is number one.

My Black Beauty is the one I have used in the studio the most, but I don't like the sound of it live or when in the practice room.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:37 PM
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My 1978 Supraphonic.
There's just something magical about it.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:43 PM
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I played a Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple snare that sounded pretty magical.
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:03 PM
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I love my pearl free floating brass doubt I'll ever play another snare. I have had old ludwig supraphonic, dw, mapex, pearl masters, and various others throughout the years. The reason I know this free floater is so good is that it sounds great even with old heads and lugs out of tune. It is very crisp marching drum sounding but that is what I'm into. It is an older one where the strainer extends outside of the rim I read somewhere that one is special and it is to me. Usually use powerstroke3 on it no other muffling.
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I own 10 of them.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:47 PM
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To be serious.

I have 10 keepers. Not all are equally versatile without doing someting more to them, but I have them for a reason.

I'll choose one that I actually don't own, but that I've played a lot, a 5x14 Craviotto maple.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:02 PM
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My Sakae Trilogy 3 ply Maple/Poplar/Maple. This is my go to snare as it just seems to be made for me. Warm, good tone, nice crack. I generally seem to get on better with lighter shells.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:28 PM
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My number 2 pick.
I own 10 of them.
I've got to agree with this one. I've got 10 FFs in different shell compositions and depths but the copper 6.5" is my favorite. The 2nd would be my Oriollo Phantom.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:00 PM
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My Pearl (Limited Edition) Kapur snare, 14x6.5".
Has such a nice dry tone to it, but you can really crank it up so it produces a great 'pop' sound you normally get from piccolos, but due to size and depth it has more body to it. Sensitive response from the snares as well when playing ghostnotes.

The other snare i really like was in a practice place a year or 2 back. Was a Ludwig Supralite 14x5.5". Also tuned high and very similar sound as the Kapur snare, but a sharper sound due to the material used for the shell. Maybe get that one someday!
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:14 PM
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Gretsch Brooklyn Hammered COB 6.5 x 14
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:07 AM
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My number 2 pick.
I own 10 of them.
Wow why would you need 10 of them? Makes me want to try your number one pick If it's good enough for buddy indeed. My favorite sticks for years have been the vic firth buddy rich signatures.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:10 AM
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I've got to agree with this one. I've got 10 FFs in different shell compositions and depths but the copper 6.5" is my favorite. The 2nd would be my Oriollo Phantom.
You have 10 too? I am definitely not buying a second I can see it leads to at least 8 more :)
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:21 AM
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You have 10 too? I am definitely not buying a second I can see it leads to at least 8 more :)
I have 10 Oriollos! Lol. Love them
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:50 AM
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I will chose a wood shell and a metal shell

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Noble and Cooley Walnut SS -6 x 14” - 8 lug snare is the nicest sounding snare to my ear, I have ever played and owned . It does everything I want from a wood shell snare

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Ludwig 5 x 14 engraved Black Beauty. This snare amazes me every time I put it on the snare stand. It can cover any style well.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:20 PM
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I'm obviously biased, but I have never heard anything that rivals the INDe 5.5x15 Stainless Steel snare: https://youtu.be/lne_O2bZ5a0
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:33 PM
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Steve Jordan's signature snare with wood hoops.
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They all sound like snare drums so long as they work right. And they all sound even better when you're drunk!
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