My snare collection

Ransan

Senior Member
Hello All

When I first joined DW, I had only one snare, since, I have built up a small collection that I would like to share with you all, no Supraphonic in here, at least for now:

Gretsch 4160 COB 5x14 has “That Great Gretsch Sound” badge, this one has a lightning with the righty throw off position, also has a 4 point butt plate, and not the ‘fishtail’. Can anyone tell me if this late 60s early 70s?
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Ludwig Blackrolite lm404 5x14, dry and contained crack, rim shots to die for, P-85 😒
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Pearl Brass Free Floating 6.5x14 shell loud, cutting, and not as bright as steel, this snare is a looker.
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Pearl Crystal Beat Acrylic 6.5x14 shell, sounds a lot like the acrolite but brighter and beefier, not sure if any one has made that comparison.
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Olympic by Premier 1005 model 5.5x14 steel snare w/internal muffler, dates 12476 not sure if it’s December or January of ‘76, probably my favorite sounding one of them all.
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Vic Firth 3.5x14 10 lug steel student model snare my daughters old snare in Jr. High, not that anyone screaming for these, but this one means the most.
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Gretsch Renown 5x14 maple snare, normally equipped with die cast, I have it with 302s, have to say, I prefer the DC hoops they came with.
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PDP FS series 5.5x14 snare has birch, the crunchiest snare I have, it belongs to my PDP kit.
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Thanks for checking them out.
 
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Ransan

Senior Member
Pearl Phosphor Bronze Sensitone 6.5x14, a loud yet more focused sounding especially at medium and lower tuning, highs are good as well but it wants to loosen its collar so to speak.
I love the sustaining ring that it has, such a musical intricacy itself.
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Ransan

Senior Member
Thank you for checking them out.

The PDP snare is fixing to go with the FS series kit, but I will replace with a Pearl Sessions Select snare which has birch in it as well.

I do love birch 🙂
 

Ransan

Senior Member
Pearl Session Select 6.5x14 Birch/Mahogany.
Laquer black halo glitter finish, Pearl Super Hoops.
Focused wood snare that has body and can tune up high nicely packaged with a bit of bottom end.
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drumnut87

Well-known member
very tasty collection! <3
 

Ransan

Senior Member
Update here’s a couple that I’ve recently acquired.
I still have all the other’s. Though the Gretsch 4160 is at Bentleys getting tuneup repairs.

Ludwig 3x13 Rocker Elite piccolo I’m not sure if it’s maple but it sounds nice once I got it dialed in wires and all. I had to replace the throw off as it was slightly bent as well as new wires which are Puresound. I Don’t use it much, but couldn’t pass up a $15 Evans snare mislabel.
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My holy grail of snares - mid 70s Pearl 6.5x14 4814L Jupiter cob, parallel strainer mechanism and the precursor to free floater throw off systems. The wires are the original extending 20 strand or double 10s that have a slight separation in the middle
Not as loud as my brass free floater, but very unique as it is seemingly more controlled with overtones, almost dry sounding.

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CommanderRoss

Silver Member
This is my #1.
A Rogers Powertone. Nothing to write home about (as it's pretty much the Dynasonic's illegitimate half-brother) but this thing will cut through ANY amps & crowd noise.
It's heavy & has "seen some shit" in the bars & festivals I've bashed it in.
It'll never be a house queen.
 

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Ransan

Senior Member
This is my #1.
A Rogers Powertone. Nothing to write home about (as it's pretty much the Dynasonic's illegitimate half-brother) but this thing will cut through ANY amps & crowd noise.
It's heavy & has "seen some shit" in the bars & festivals I've bashed it in.
It'll never be a house queen.
Yes that is a beautiful snare CommanderRoss.
I would be proud to own that!

I do want a Cleveland era Powertone or Dyna.
I’ve had chances to get but for some reason haven’t.
 

Ransan

Senior Member
Rogers Cleveland Holiday 14x5 snare.
Eagle badge with black interior very warm and open sounding drum. I don’t really want to crank the lugs so that also dictates the sound, I love this beauty!
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Ransan

Senior Member
Pearl 4514 5.5x14 8 lug CoS snare mid 70s.

This was another good pawn shop find I couldn’t pass up $27. I love the Pearl diamond lugs from the 70s.

Just fully detailed and added new skins she’s good to go!

Though it was considered a student model, (the throw is similar to Gretsch lever) I think the adjustable snare tensions on both sides are a neat touch.
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River19

Senior Member
Gotta love pawn shop finds.

I keep telling myself that I need to take a day to hit some pawns as they can support many a hobby find......drums, cymbals, chainsaws, old classic, shotguns etc.

Nice score on that older Pearl.
 
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