For me the holy grail snare is the Brady solid hollow tree trunk.
Chris Brady made the world's first hollowed out tree trunk snare and there aren't many in the world. They're almost impossible to find.
Sound wise they're unique but I also love the backstory and craftsmanship.
I also adore...
I've got the holy grail.......Brady Solid Wood (hollow tree trunk) Jarrah snare.
These are the original Brady snares and the world's first hollow tree snare drums (took me almost 15 years to find it) :
Yeah you're right! Apparently he spoke to other manufacturers about his idea and was told it couldn't work. There are lots of other companies who've since tried it and had issues with snares cracking but I've never heard of a Brady solid having issues so he clearly has the magic touch.
13 years after my original post I finally got myself a Brady solid one piece snare. Hollowed from a Jarrah tree! It's by far the best sounding and looking Brady (or any drum for that matter) I've had the pleasure of playing