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Old 04-07-2009, 02:11 AM
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Default What brand for steel or brass snare around $200 ?

Hi !

I'm looking for a brass or stainless steel snare, 5X14...
I was looking at the Pearl Sensitone and some of the
new steel Yamaha...

Can you recomend me a nice sounding metal snare
for funk/reggae or similar ? I want it new if possible
so Luddys BB is out of my price range, but something
around $200. I like brass but stainless is also very nice...

Thanks !

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Old 04-07-2009, 04:01 AM
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Default Re: What brand for steel or brass snare around $200 ?

Not sure of your country (prices) but yes the pearl brass (my son has one) and the Pork Pie BOB sounded very similar to the sensitone as well.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:09 AM
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Default Re: What brand for steel or brass snare around $200 ?

I just saw a mint condition Ludwig Black Magic at the Austin GC for 219.00 it sounds great! I would look for a nice used snare and get a lot more for your money.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:10 AM
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Default Re: What brand for steel or brass snare around $200 ?

check out the Pacific hammered brass 5X14. You can get those for well under 200 $ on ebay. I've got this drum and it's a great sounding snare. With a Remo coated cs reverse dot head, this snare is just what you're describing. Or if you want to spend a little more, there is the new black on brass Pacific ace snare with tube lugs. The pearl brass sensitones are a bit more expensive, and harder to find for cheap unless you get the older versions, which only go down to 5.5 in depth, or the stainless steel new version, which is hard to find in stock. Either way, I'd check Ebay everyday, and be patient- you will find a better deal that way. I have several great snares, and I have gotten them all off of ebay, and I have yet to pay more than 220$ for one.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:55 PM
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Default Re: What brand for steel or brass snare around $200 ?

Ludwig Black Magic for brass, Pearl Chad Smith for steel. Both very sweet drums, the Pearl probably has a little more attack for what you want. The Ludwigs are still pretty new so you may not find a used one yet, but a used Chad Smith is often in the $150-175 range, maybe even less these days.

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: What brand for steel or brass snare around $200 ?

I just picked up a Black Magic (chrome on Brass) Lugwig Snare and I'm very happy with it. I've heard that many drum companies were using their factories in China to make copies of the Black Beauty Snare Drum, so Lugwig decided to start manufacturing it in China as well. The Black Beauties are made in America, and the Black Magic snares are made in China. It's the same process and the same specs, just one is made overseas. I think it's worth saving $200 to get the Chinese version.
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