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Old 02-13-2018, 04:19 PM
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So im in a need for new snare. Only snare i have is ddrum piccolo and with good heads and high tunings its okay. Problem is that its a one trick pony. Lower tunings it just doesnt sound good.
So im looking for allaround snare for jamming sessions.
I have found some interesting stuff (second hand and new) so im not able to go and try them all out. My budget is around 250€ atm.

So here is list what i have found.

Natal meta series hammered 14 x 5.5 (not able to test)

SJC Drums Pathfinder 14 x 6 (not able to test)

Mapex armory series (These i tested and liked exterminator and sort of daisy cutter) sabre wasnt able for testing thou.

Pearl sensitone limited edition black steel 14 x 5.5 (not able to test)

Pearl firecracker 12 x 5 (tested it. Liked it some way but maybe one trick pony too)

Pearl modern utility series (havent tested yet)


So what would you guys suggest? Sort of tempted for that Sjc and natal so if somebody has tried these please let me know.
Also im open for other brands, these are just ones that ”hit” my eye.

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Old 02-13-2018, 05:32 PM
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The only one of those that I can comment on from personal use is the steel Pearl Sensitone. I've owned one for about 5 years, used it as my daily gigger for about 2 years. Good all around drum. A less expensive alternative to a Ludwig Supraphonic, perhaps.

I would guess that the Pearl 12 x 5 would be pretty narrow sounding and not so great for multiple purposes, though. I've also heard from several players that the Utility series from Pearl are great general purpose drums that work in a variety of different tunings and genres. Built tough and priced right, too.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:50 PM
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Pearl Modern Utility snare is worth a punt, great first upgrade if you're buying new.

Try world max as well.

Anything else I'd look 2nd hand and get some new heads and snares.

Pearl Sensitone 14x5 dirt cheap 2nd hand. Probably get the Chad Smith signature as well.

Ludwig acrolite definitely and for $250 you should be able to get a Ludwig 400
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:26 PM
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You could probably get more bang for your buck in the used market. I would suggest not worrying too much about the brand of drum and concentrate more on the size of the drum. If you are looking for something that will be a good "all around" snare, try avoiding things like piccolo's or fire cracker type drums. Try sticking with a decent 6.5x14 or 5x14 drum and you will probably be happier with the overally tuning range of the instrument.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:40 PM
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Although I am a Pork Pie fanboy, my favorite all around snare I've ever played is my Pearl Masters. Find one used. They are fantastic!

14" x 5.5"
Maple shell
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I put an Evan reverse dot on mine. Love it!
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:19 PM
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Thanks for the tips guys!
Here in finland we have very s***ty second hand markets so im watching british and germanys ebay atm 👍

Porkpieguy. My friend (and actually our drummer, im just gear wanker and play drums sometimes. Have played guitar whole my life) has one pork pie custom snare and its awesome! I think he bought it when he was in states. His wife is american so they often visit there too. Maybe he could grab me one when they next time go there 😂
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:13 PM
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Has someone tried PDPs black nickel over steel snare?
I found one on second hand. Seller is asking 125. I listened few videos on youtube and it sounded pretty good on all tunings. I was thinking that if i offer like 100 for it and then i have money for beer or i could by nice used thin crash 😂
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:58 AM
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Mapex Armory Sabre (maple /walnut shell) is a great all-rounder, bought one for my son and he prefers it to my black panther maple. It is also available as the Peacemaker in a different finish. Same drum, apparently.

It tunes high or low well, is well built, and is versatile enough to be a go-to snare for most types of music. Throw-off isn't the sturdiest or smoothest but for the price it's a steal in my opinion. Can sound fantastic if tuned how you like it.

I got a new one for £130 (150 euros?) from Andertons in the UK. Shop around you should find a bargain.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:30 PM
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Thanks for the tips guys!
Here in finland we have very s***ty second hand markets so im watching british and germanys ebay atm 👍

Porkpieguy. My friend (and actually our drummer, im just gear wanker and play drums sometimes. Have played guitar whole my life) has one pork pie custom snare and its awesome! I think he bought it when he was in states. His wife is american so they often visit there too. Maybe he could grab me one when they next time go there 😂
Sounds like a good idea. I have two PP snares, and they are fantastic drums.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:35 PM
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Its getting hard.
I offered 100 for that pdp black nickel over steel snare. Ill try tomorrow to have time and test out those mapex snares again.
I think that im looking metal snare so ill test that daisy cutter with biggest intense. Im still going to play with that sabre too since i got message at the shop that now they have that too in stock.
If i dont like them ill just grab that pdp and buy second hand 2002 thin crash too. You never cant have too many cymbals 😂
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:11 AM
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Update for this.

I was watching ebay and found this Worldmax snare which was slightly used for 220€.
I just clicked "buy now" button and now im waiting it to arrive :D
Come on come on :D
Here is picture and specs for it. I think that im going to like that one.
https://www.gak.co.uk/en/worldmax-br...x6-5in-/912014



THanks for the tips and help!
I'll let you guys know when it arrives and how does it sound.
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Update for this.

I was watching ebay and found this Worldmax snare which was slightly used for 220€.
I just clicked "buy now" button and now im waiting it to arrive :D
Come on come on :D
Here is picture and specs for it. I think that im going to like that one.
https://www.gak.co.uk/en/worldmax-br...x6-5in-/912014



THanks for the tips and help!
I'll let you guys know when it arrives and how does it sound.
No worries dude. Told ya WorldMax are good bang for the buck!
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:35 PM
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This topic ("Buying new snare but which one?")... Isn't that more of a constant state of mind for all drummers?
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:46 PM
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I was going to recommend a 6.5" deep snare for an all round drum, in either aluminium, bronze or brass.

Then I saw your picture and I think you've made an excellent choice.
I love the sound of hammered bronze - warm, rich, blends well.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:19 AM
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Picked this up for my birthday a few weeks back at a very reasonable price. It is a used (2009) Stewart Copeland Tama Chrome over Brass signature snare. Is a tad thicker (1.5mm) than most brass snares including the Ludwig Supraphonic, but puts out a very good sound. Changed out snare straps to cords, as shown. Also changed heads, though not shown. Went with a coated Ambassador X over an Evans Hazy 300. Name:  Tama Stewart Copeland-8727.jpg
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:56 AM
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This topic ("Buying new snare but which one?")... Isn't that more of a constant state of mind for all drummers?
Agreed. I just picked one up, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting another one.
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Old 02-16-2018, 04:40 AM
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Picked this up for my birthday a few weeks back at a very reasonable price. It is a used (2009) Stewart Copeland Tama Chrome over Brass signature snare. Is a tad thicker (1.5mm) than most brass snares including the Ludwig Supraphonic, but puts out a very good sound. Changed out snare straps to cords, as shown. Also changed heads, though not shown. Went with a coated Ambassador X over an Evans Hazy 300.
Nice pick up. Fantastic snare! I've got one, and I love it. I also traded snares for Fat Cat 16 split with cords and batter head for Evans Hybrid (I have them on all my snares and I haven't been satisfied with anything else since I started using them). Right now I'm playing an S.L.P. Dynamic Bronze, and I just ordered a Tama Star Reserve Hand Hammered Copper. This "good snare" thing is a disease. ;)
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:14 AM
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The Copeland snare is very cool. When I got mine, I put a die cast hoop on the bottom as well because I like the matching look. The drum can deliver!
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:10 AM
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This topic ("Buying new snare but which one?")... Isn't that more of a constant state of mind for all drummers?
I agree 😂

That Copeland snare looks awesome. Had to youtube few clips and damn it sounds nice too 👌
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:11 PM
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I bought a rack to prevent snare drum overload. If a new drum pops up on my radar, I must sell one to make room. It’s actually helped me get a wide variety of sounds (even though I’m a Tama fanboi).

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The Copeland snare is very cool. When I got mine, I put a die cast hoop on the bottom as well because I like the matching look. The drum can deliver!
I did the same thing on mine.
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I would have recommended an Oriollo phantom or managana. Amazing drums.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:20 PM
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Today it arrived!
Damn that i cant try it out because of neighbours.
I just changed heads, remo diplomat on batter and aquarian classic clear on snare side.
Tomorrow im going to do some serious testing 👍
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:17 PM
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So now i have banged this thing and i love it.
Tuning range is big, you have warmth, body, crack. Everything you want to snare have.
I changed diplomat from the batter and put aquarian response 2 on it and now its a beast.
Very happy and i think that this will keep my GAS away for a while :D

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Old 03-02-2018, 09:34 AM
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I decided to change heads to aquarians (reso classic clear snare and batter response 2 black coated) and damn i love this thing.
I tuned reso quite high and batter somewhere around mediumhigh to high.
Nice crack, cuts through anything and damn those rimshots. They are just awesome. I think that this is a keeper! I also tried lots of different tunings and this can do lots of things. I just like snare to be high tuned and dry'ish sounding. For 225€ this is one of the best things i have bought :D
Here is a photo of it.

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I decided to change heads to aquarians (reso classic clear snare and batter response 2 black coated) and damn i love this thing.
I tuned reso quite high and batter somewhere around mediumhigh to high.
Nice crack, cuts through anything and damn those rimshots. They are just awesome. I think that this is a keeper! I also tried lots of different tunings and this can do lots of things. I just like snare to be high tuned and dry'ish sounding. For 225€ this is one of the best things i have bought :D
Here is a photo of it.

It sounds like my kind of snare! I am so happy to hear that you enjoy it. It is not very often that I can find a snare that still cuts at such a high tuning, so I really got lucky with my 14 x 6.5 Blackstar Percussion hammered steel snare. It sounds a lot like Buddy Rich's Fibes snare, and it only cost me $80.
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I decided to change heads to aquarians (reso classic clear snare and batter response 2 black coated) and damn i love this thing.
I tuned reso quite high and batter somewhere around mediumhigh to high.
Nice crack, cuts through anything and damn those rimshots. They are just awesome. I think that this is a keeper! I also tried lots of different tunings and this can do lots of things. I just like snare to be high tuned and dry'ish sounding. For 225€ this is one of the best things i have bought :D
Here is a photo of it.

Congrats! It's hard to ever go wrong with bronze!
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It sounds like my kind of snare! I am so happy to hear that you enjoy it. It is not very often that I can find a snare that still cuts at such a high tuning, so I really got lucky with my 14 x 6.5 Blackstar Percussion hammered steel snare. It sounds a lot like Buddy Rich's Fibes snare, and it only cost me $80.
Sound good deal!
Now im having GAS for old pearl COB snares and trick and axis pedals��
This is endless

Thanks Vintage Old School

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