I think that the default response to the whole 10 vs 8 lug debate is the whole "lower tuning range" response. The truth is, 8 lugs give a player enough latitude to crank the heads to the point where they choke and are no longer musically useful, so at that point, is it really an issue at all, particularly with a kit snare?This is obviously true from a construction point of view, but have you guys ever really felt constrained, tuning-wise, by an 8-lug snare? All well-built (excepting entry level) 8-luggers I've tried have been able to go as high as I could ever want, and more.
In fact, I used to have an early 1900s Ludwig 14x4" with straight brass hoops and six clawed lugs. Used that drum as as an high-tuned aux snare for D'n'B patterns and as a high timbale. Easily got high enough for my purposes.
I prefer 8 luggers for no other reason than that I tune them much faster!