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Old 05-04-2014, 05:50 PM
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I purchased this shell with the lugs at Forks drum closet in Nashville in their tent sale for $40. I took it home, put it together with tension rods and new hoops.. It sounds absolutely incredible. I'm playing a 8x14 starclassic g-maple as my primary snare, and this drum, though a different sound, compares in every way. It's 5x14 and only has the one premier badge. It appears to be a 5 ply, with maple inner and one thick ply of a dark wood (my guess is walnut) sandwiched between what appear to be maple plys. Hopefully you'll be able to see the shell make up in the pics. I'm not trying to ID this thing so if can sell it, I just have to know! The only other identifier is a black stamped "s" on the interior of the shell. Any help is appreciated!! --Nick
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Maybe its a signia series snare?
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Here are the photos, I had to reduce the quality to put them on here:(
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Maybe its a signia series snare?
I don't think it is. All the Signia's that I've seen have beefy tube lugs. These are quite different. Anyone recognize this lug?
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:59 PM
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It's definitely not a Signia for reasons already mentioned. Based on the badge and strainer, it looks to be a mid to late 90's Premier XPK series snare. The differences in wood are a birch/eucalyptus/birch ply combination. Still a great snare and normally go for about twice that on the used market.
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It's definitely not a Signia for reasons already mentioned. Based on the badge and strainer, it looks to be a mid to late 90's Premier XPK series snare. The differences in wood are a birch/eucalyptus/birch ply combination. Still a great snare and normally go for about twice that on the used market.
I appreciate the info! I was way off, obviously. I researched the XPK-- you're absolutely right. I didn't know eucalyptus was used for drum making. Again, much appreciated. I'm going to be looking around for more of these!
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What about the Cabria? It looks awfully close to that line also.
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It was just a guess my friend. I just though of thr S letter u mention and thought that.
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That is a cool looking snare. I dig the lugs and strainer. I've been thinking for a while now about picking up some Premiers. I need to learn more about them first. Nice score!
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I appreciate the info! I was way off, obviously. I researched the XPK-- you're absolutely right. I didn't know eucalyptus was used for drum making. Again, much appreciated. I'm going to be looking around for more of these!
Glad I could help. On the topic of lugs, just be careful when doing any high tension tuning as these lugs are prone to snapping. Not generally an issue on Toms/Bass. Original replacements pop up on Ebay regularly, but you can find suitable lug replacements from drum hardware sites as the lug spacing is 1".
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It was just a guess my friend. I just though of thr S letter u mention and thought that.
I appreciate the guess! I wondered that as well.
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That is a cool looking snare. I dig the lugs and strainer. I've been thinking for a while now about picking up some Premiers. I need to learn more about them first. Nice score!
The strainer is really nice. I've been dreaming of owning a Premier kit ever since I played on a backline Premier birch kit years ago. They wouldn't sell me the damn thing. It was one of the punchiest sounding kits I've ever played. This snare sounds like 300 bucks IMO. Obviously it's not worth that, but the sound is all that matters to me. I still can't believe it's eucalyptus/maple haha
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Glad I could help. On the topic of lugs, just be careful when doing any high tension tuning as these lugs are prone to snapping. Not generally an issue on Toms/Bass. Original replacements pop up on Ebay regularly, but you can find suitable lug replacements from drum hardware sites as the lug spacing is 1".
I appreciate the warning and info. Very good to know. I'm really loving a medium/high tuning on this one. I put an Evans HD dry on it.. perfection.
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I have had drums with those lugs for over 15 years and have never had a lug snap on me...the s inside the shell is to indicate the snare strainer and/or snare bedplacement
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I have had drums with those lugs for over 15 years and have never had a lug snap on me...the s inside the shell is to indicate the snare strainer and/or snare bedplacement
Thanks for the info..
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