I've about given up on the Diablo snare. That means I need to get on the stick getting another snare because I'm not taking my precious vintage Ludwig wood snare to gigs. I'm also not going to buy a standard Supra unless I can get one for $100, which is max.
Here's what's important to me:
---A rich but not overbearing low end, and plenty of top end with a decent amount of ring available...like a Supra...exact tones are not necessary, but has to sound as pro as anything out there
---Isn't a sloppy piece of too-thin aluminum that goes out of tune within minutes
---Has to be between 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" x 14", 6 1/2 preferred, no piccolos, please
---No more than a hundy but $75 would be even better
Here's what not important to me:
---10 lugs per head
---The metal for the shell, though again, the Supra's a semi-target for tone
---How the hardware is attached or how good the throw-off is. You're talking to a guy whose only snare till three weeks ago has a throw-off invented in the 30's.
---The brand, though let's not go nuts and recommend CB700...who in their right mind would try to make a go of CB700's?
I kind of know what to look for, but not really...like I know if I see a Slingerland aluminum snare under a hundy, I should snag it. Or maybe a Rocker with a metal shell. But I just don't want to get stuck with a bad one like the Diablo, so if you have pet beater snares that you think hang with the more expensive ones tonally and can be had for less than $100, name names. TIA!