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Old 05-30-2013, 10:11 PM
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I stopped by my local Sam Ash today just to see what they had and to waste some time. I normally shop at a local family owned drum shop by the way. So I'm looking around at the miss treated drum gear and almost left when I saw their snare drum room. I walked in and noticed they had a few DrumCraft snare drums on sale. I played a few and thought they were nice but then came across on 14x5 inch aluminum snare and was totally impressed with the sound. I played with the tuning a bit and it sounded even better! At this point I was expecting a high price tag bue to the shell being 5mm thick, brushed hardware and Remo USA heads. The cost was $179!!! I could not pass this up and took it home. I asked if that was the only one and was told they had just put that out that morning and was the only one they had and would not be getting any more. I was told that DrumCraft had lost their US distributor and Sam Ash was clearing them out.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:54 PM
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Wow.... Gorgeous drum!
And at the price, it'd almost be criminal NOT to purchase it. Congrats!
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:00 PM
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Impulse snare purchase.... is there any other kind?

I'm a big fan of aluminium snares and it looks like you've hit the jackpot. Nice snag.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:03 AM
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Is that a series 8 one?
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:26 AM
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Wow! excelent buy. I'm happy for you. I usually only come across deals like that when I'm totally broke.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:37 AM
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Impulse snare purchase.... is there any other kind?

I'm a big fan of aluminium snares and it looks like you've hit the jackpot. Nice snag.
This is the first aluminum snare I have ever played and owned. So far, I love it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:38 AM
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Is that a series 8 one?
Yes it is. The shell is 5mm thick and very heavy.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:45 AM
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Wow! excelent buy. I'm happy for you. I usually only come across deals like that when I'm totally broke.
Thanks lefty! I can relate to usually being broke when coming across great deals but for once I got lucky.
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Nice purchase. My last two snare drums were impulse buys. I've have an old aluminum Gretsch snare drum for years. Aluminum shells have a nice warm sound to it so you can tune them low and they still sound really good if you like that thud sound. I add a muffling ring too for some extra thud. Oh ya!
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:43 PM
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Very nice! I think you got very lucky in finding that, at the local Sam Ash to me these had been out on sale around March, and sold very quickly indeed, they had a brass snare, with something like a 5mm shell that weighed a ton, and was on sale for some crazy price, I regret not picking that up. Enjoy it!
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:04 PM
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Congrats on the new snare
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:13 AM
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Great deal. I don't blame you for jumping on it.
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Yeah it's an awesome deal. I emailed sam ash to see if I could get the same deal but it's no go :(
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:24 AM
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Yeah it's an awesome deal. I emailed sam ash to see if I could get the same deal but it's no go :(
That sucks! Did the explain why or did they just say no?
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"Thank you for the e-mail. We do not show the Drumcraft line as being advertised on our website, nor could we find any listings in our inventory system for that brand, so unfortunately, it does not appear we offer that brand to be able to sell you anything from their line of items. If you see any brands or models on www.samash.com that would suit your needs, we would be glad to work out discount pricing for those items."
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Took some pics of the shell with the batter head removed. I can't get over how good this snare sounds.
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That drum is 699.00 at Amazon. They gave it to you.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:03 AM
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That drum is 699.00 at Amazon. They gave it to you.
I know! I could not believe it myself till I looked it up. I don't understand why Sam Ash was letting it go for so little.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:07 AM
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It had your name on it for sure. A find of a lifetime.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:09 AM
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It had your name on it for sure. A find of a lifetime.
You are so right! I got incredibly lucky on this find. Then my wife had the nerve to ask if I was going to sell it! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????
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You are so right! I got incredibly lucky on this find. Then my wife had the nerve to ask if I was going to sell it! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????
that's really funny! Absolutely outstanding purchase! Drumcraft is the closest thing in my mind to that great grestch sound...
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That pic of the shell thickness is insane. I don't think I've ever seen an aluminium shell that thick. I'm off to find some video of such a drum.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:26 PM
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Great score!

I purchased the 6.5 version from Sam Ash a few weeks ago. Great sounding and solidly built snare, sadly it just was not for me. I found that I much prefer more lively sounding snares like brass. The snare had a nice woody sound but I found it too dry and a bit too "modern" sounding for my liking.

Have you compared it to a 14x5 Supra or an acro? I like the sound much more than my acro, which I recently sold, and I'm not sire if that's due to the construction or the depth.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:48 PM
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LOL, when you said impulse buy - I immediately thought of a DrumCraft snare. They've been blowing these drums out for a while now - my next door rehearsal-studio-neighbor picked one up a few months back - he got the aluminum 6.5x14. Beautifully made drum and it sounded great...
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That sure is hell is one nice drum at one hell of a price my friend!
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:29 AM
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http://youtu.be/SmR9fkChHNk

Here is a short clip of the DrumCraft snare recorded on a cell phone so I know the quality is crappy. Just wanted to give an example of the sound. The drums are being played by a young drummer from my church in one of our practice rooms.
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I wish to find a deal like this!
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:25 PM
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I just saw this Drumcraft snare drum at my local Westminster Sam Ash going for $241. It sounded so nice. It sounded just as good, if not better than any of the DW snare drums that were up for sale. The 13" Black Spaun sounded great too. Of course, there was a Black Beauty there too and it sounded the best, hands down. I can see why it has a $700 price tag. All the Tama snares sounded awesome. No surprises there. Yes, there were some duds too, but we won't go there. I probably would have gotten the DC snare on layaway, but I have my heart set on a mail order maple snare w/ a 10-ply Keller shell and I only have so much money to throw around.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:51 PM
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You are so right! I got incredibly lucky on this find. Then my wife had the nerve to ask if I was going to sell it! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's better half asks that question!
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:38 PM
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I hate to do this but I may need to sell this snare...

Would $450 be too much to ask for it?
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:34 PM
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I picked one of these series 8 cast aluminum 5x14 snares at a Sam Ash for the same price as the OP (was their last drum - floor model).

I demoed it for about 30 minutes, with multiple tunings ranging from medium low to medium high and various snare tensions. It had a stock OEM Remo CS coated head (which is a little foreign for me) I played rudimental stuff, jazz, funk, New Orleans, rock, punk - you name it.

I set up a modern supra next to it (medium tuning and snare tension) for reference.

I was blown away by the sound. Verrrry articulate and dry (compared to the Supra). The sound is a mix between my Tama bell brass and a stave maple drum (if that makes any sense). It is an aggressive drum with a somewhat refined/mellow sound and much different then any thin shelled aluminum snare. The drum is big sounding like my bronze (not the more common brass) black beauty but drier and not quite as aggressive (more woody sounding).

This is a very versatile drum and a welcome addition to my arsenal. To answer the OP's question this drum has been selling on eBay for 200-300 (completed sales that is - some people are asking 400-500 but they are not selling at that price) but I think the price may start going up as these final drums leave stores.

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