I need help identifying these snares and their values. I am aware of their brands and models (I.E. Pearl Sensitone and Free Floating). However, I want to know the shell materials and what they're worth.
The brass Sensitone snare has a brass shell. The Chad Smith Free Floating snare has two brass pieces and one steel piece. A quick eBay search of completed sales should help you dial in what they're selling for right now.
If that Sensitone looks that good all over, you see similar for over $300. I bought a used one last year. Did not have tube lugs and isn't in as good condition. Not bad at all. Some pitting, etc. I paid $250 shipped from Canada? Maybe a few bucks more than that.
Dudes asking $350 for the Sensitone and $1,250 for the Chad Smith snare (apparently a prototype because it's got the copper ring rather than the brass). I understand the concept of starting high, but this is highway robbery. Hard pass.
I can tell you the Sensitone is a fantastic drum. See 'em used for 250-350. The Chad Smith is stupid. Who wants 3 "shells" to mess with AND is a gimmick. Price is way too high for what it is. A straight brass free floater on the other hand is a great sounding drum.
Agreed. The Sensitone is a great drum, but it's essentially the same drum as any a Ludwig Black Magic, Pork Pie BoB, or WorldMax. Whichever one you can find for the best price will get you what you're looking for.
The Chad Smith drum is just...goofy. I swear that drum was his way of punking Pearl on his way out the door to DW.