DW's $4000 True Cast Bell Bronze snare!


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So we have :

Bell brass
Bell bronze

- clear as a bell!
The last two are really just terms. Yes they make bells out of bronze and brass, but it's still just a formulation of bronze or brass. It's like saying drum wood, car metal, sidewalk concrete.

If I take bell bronze and make a cymbal out of it, does it magically become cymbal bronze?


Senior Member
I think they use the bell brass & bell bronze names to indicate that it has a significantly thicker shell (3mm+)? I've never seen a thin shelled bell brass or bell bronze shell. Has any one seen one?


Senior Member
Well they did go the other route some years back. Cymbal bronze snares.
That's why is suggested Paiste do it. I think Zildjian and Sabian could also be candidates for this project too.

I'm going to start a company making drumsticks out of Truth drums, because they would be the first "true" drum sticks.😃


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Has anyone tried melting down all the B8 cymbals to make a snare? That would kill 2 birds with one stone. Get rid of the scourge of bad cymbals and make a (hopefully) good sounding snare.


Gold Member
Sand casting drum shells can produce some excellent drums - perfect example being the Noble and Cooley Alloy Classic snares made from a cast aluminum alloy . These have lots of bottom end when tuned lower and ample crack when tuned up .

Bell Brass ( actually bronze) , Cast Copper etc. snares seem to be popping up more and more from various manufacturers . Most of these just are not my cup of tea to be honest - and this also includes the N&C cooper snare - just not for me .
The DW snare is another that regardless of the price I would not consider purchasing .