Played one today , wondering what others think them? Should we be comparing them to the old ones or just see them as a new entity? Personally i think they compare to other drums rather than " real " Rogers.
I don't own any of the new Rogers snare drums ... although I have played them and enjoy themHoping WhoIsTony weighs in on this one. He has become quite the Rogers historian.
I'm still trying to figure out why this drum is on the mountain top. Maybe it's the price.
I looked through all the current Reverb ads for Rogers kits and snares. The only drums I saw with gaskets are the new $799 Rogers snares. I also looked through a few catalogues here like 1968 etc. No gaskets. http://www.drumarchive.com/Rogers/?COLLCC=3616356064&
Kinda like when Ludwig introduced a new Jazz Festival re-issue a few years ago and didn't do a re-ring. I think the newer Jazz Fest for 2019 now have a re-ring.
If you're gonna imitate then best to do it authentically.
From a potential buyer, I think the gasket thing is hog wash if you're going for authenticity.
Maybe the new gaskets eliminate lug splay? I dunno. I have a lot of new drums and a lot of them have gaskets. But gaskets billed as an authentic Rogers feature, well, I'm not sure.
And, If I had $800 to spend on a snare I'd probably go authentic. If I wanted an old wooden snare I'd probably avoid Rogers altogether for fear of breaking a B&B lug. I'd prefer Slingerland, Ludwig, Gretsch, or Premiere if I was going with an older vintage snare. But that's just me.