Modern Heavy Metal Snares vs. 1980 Tama Bell Brass

All_The_Drums

Senior Member
This was a lot of fun. We put together a relative short list of some of today's best heavy metal snare drums, and compared them to the 1980 Tama Bell Brass "Terminator".

 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
Love the Gretsch Phosphor Bronze. Actually, I really like them all. Not a dud in the bunch. I do think the A&F'er is kinda ugly, but my ears don't care about appearance. My eyes do though, and they think that whomever lent you the Terminator needs to clean it. Ugly is one thing, dirty is another.
 

steadypocket

Gold Member
I hit that A&Fer at DCP yesterday. Sounded massive, in such a good way. The appearance grew on me — better in person. Cool vintage vibe. Drum weighed a ton though. Not practical for gigging in my opinion.
 

AzHeat

Platinum Member
That's a pretty tough choice. I think what surprised me most is the Gretsch steel. I wasn't expecting it to sound like that at all. All were very nice. While I really like my Gretsch 1.3mm bronze, that Phosphor Bronze at twice the price proves the added cost and weight really is justified.
 

Bayou23

Member
That's a pretty tough choice. I think what surprised me most is the Gretsch steel. I wasn't expecting it to sound like that at all. All were very nice. While I really like my Gretsch 1.3mm bronze, that Phosphor Bronze at twice the price proves the added cost and weight really is justified.
+1
 

justadrummer

Junior Member
I own a Gretsch Bell Brass, it is a beast. Eventually I'd love to buy a phosphorus bronze Gretsch. And I have to second the opinion of AzHeat that the Gretsch Solid Steel snare was the big surprise in this group.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
A quick search on the web for “Tama Bell Brass snare drum” reveals none of the 40th anniversary models for sale at any drum shop (e.g., Memphis Drum Shop, Sweetwater), a few used Starphonic models on Reverb, and a Bittner-owned drum on Reverb. This dearth gives me hope that Tama will make 50 more in the near future.

 

Stroker

Platinum Member
Fantastic all the way around!

Now I know why I have always gravitated towards heavy metal snare drums. The sound and punch moves me to the core.

As far as I'm concerned, there's no going wrong with any one of those drums. Really nice stuff.

Another grand-slam, DCP!
 

TJK

Well-known member
Terminator is great but it’s missing the 1000$ bronze cast hoops. Big difference in sound when they are put on anything
 

Ahchv

Active member
That was amazing... I love how you tuned the snare JUST like they sound on the record - great job all around! Also thanks for the education - I had no idea that was the snare used on those songs. I snagged a brass snare on Reverb (not this model, but the one that came after) just because of your video!

Does anyone have more history or catalogs about these snares?

I love Drum Center NH - keep it up guys!!
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
Don't forget about Dunnett's 2N brass.

It is my go-to snare for everything, very sensitive at lower dynamics and delivers majestically when things get wild.

I would happily weigh it but I haven't owned a scale for quite some time, but I can say with confidence it is a credible contender for the heavyweight title !
 

All_The_Drums

Senior Member
Don't forget about Dunnett's 2N brass.

It is my go-to snare for everything, very sensitive at lower dynamics and delivers majestically when things get wild.

I would happily weigh it but I haven't owned a scale for quite some time, but I can say with confidence it is a credible contender for the heavyweight title !
They are amazing. Ronn generally feels that thinner shells sound better, so it's rare for his drums to even reach 2mm thick. Some of the 2Ns are pretty heavy, though. We just got an unusally thick 2N with a Gergo Borlai Bronze shell that is really heavy that I am partial to.
 

singleflammedmill

Senior Member
This was a lot of fun. We put together a relative short list of some of today's best heavy metal snare drums, and compared them to the 1980 Tama Bell Brass "Terminator".

Thanks for doing this.
A 80s Bell Brass is tough to beat. Here's mine.

Tama Mastercraft Bell Brass Snare Drum 14 X 6.5
 
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