About to pull trigger: Ludwig snare guidance

JohnnySomersett

Senior Member
Help!

I'm about to go for one of 2 snares and can't decide...

Black Beauty piccolo VS vintage vistalite

What do you reckon?
 
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bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Depends on the sound you want. Is the Vistalite also a piccolo? (if so, it's pretty rare!)

But if you're comparing a brass piccolo to say a 5" Vistalite, they're extremely different drums. So again, it depends on the sound you want.

Bermuda
 

JohnnySomersett

Senior Member
No, the vista is a 14x5. I like both drums. I like the crack you get with a brass piccolo but the way the vistas have almost a natural reverb to them. God, decisions!

I like a wet sounding drum that cuts, and a big sound. Mixture of post-rock and drum and bass is what I play.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Overall, a 5" drum will serve you better than a picollo. It's much easier to tune it higher, than it is to get a pic to tune lower. For d&b, a pic is the right choice, but it won't work well in many other genres.

Bermuda
 

JohnnySomersett

Senior Member
Hmmm, trouble is, I've used a 13" snare for as long as I can remember and am certainly used to it.

Apart from the fact there's very few Ludwigs in 13", I also saw Shellac once and the drummer was using a 13x3 BB and it sounded awesome
 

Pete Stoltman

Silver Member
Well, call me crazy but if the price is right a BB pic is a heck of a nice drum and a unique voice. I'd go for it and if you find that you want something with a more mid range voice there are plenty of 5x14 drums around the market (ok maybe not so many Vistalites) that you can pick up cheap.
 
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