I know many dislike the Gretsch Cat Maples especially the snare. For me it's the best snare I've owned. I received a die cast hoop for Xmas and to my beginner ears this thing sings now! So easy to tune the snare from low to high with no overtones. Here's a short recording using EAD10 with minimal post EQ. Snare is tuned about mid-range with no dampening. First half is straight batter and second is with rim shots. I'm still a beginner so this the best I can do.