NSD: The TAMA Big Black Steel Snare (LTS148 SLP) - It's Heckin' Huge!

Jeremy Crockett

Well-known Member
Since starting this adventure called drumming a year and a half ago, I have only had wood snares. Not out of preference but, because that is simply what came with the two kits I have used.

I have, very recently, been considering buying a metal snare in the well-known phenomenon of Tone Chasing®. The TAMA S.L.P. 14" x 8" snare is extremely well-reviewed on all of the major retail sites and after listening to the few examples I was able to locate on the YouTubes, I found that this was the tone I was not getting from my current snare and the price was exceptionally reasonable. So, I decided to take a chance and get one having not heard it in the real world.

Last night, the box arrived! Along with two Ambassador heads.


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I have, for whatever reason, adopted a tradition of always using the same penknife to open all music items I receive.
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I love seeing a nicely wrapped, brand-new, piece of gear.
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TAMA included a dead-sexy tuning key:
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Ooh! It really does look like something Darth Vader would have.
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The stock heads are USA-made Evans. I am unfamiliar with them, but most of the vids I watched recommended swapping-out the stockers.
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Finally, here is a comparison shot of the Superstar Classic next to the S.L.P.:
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The monster does sound excellent. It has the "snap" and tone that I have been looking for. I have outfitted it with the Remos and PureSound 24-strand snare wires. The 24-strand setup might prove to be too much, so I am going to hang onto the stock wires for a bit. I also need to decide whether or not to sell the maple snare. They're not going for much on Reverb (around $140 or so) so it might behoove me to keep it.

Thank you for looking.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
Tama made a full kit, at one time. Killer drums. Really nice snare !!!!! Congrats.(y)
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Wow! That snare is big - and beautiful!

Do you have any trouble getting your snare stand low enough to accommodate the Monster?
 

Jeremy Crockett

Well-known Member
Wow! That snare is big - and beautiful!

Do you have any trouble getting your snare stand low enough to accommodate the Monster?
I have used it in its current configuration, but I do plan on lowering the stand a bit and it looks like the stand will comply.
 
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