Whoa! That's a beautiful snare, isn't it? Not only have I never played one, this is the first time I've ever seen one. I love the way those lugs look. Those really are a totally new look rather than a new take on an old design. Let us know if you get one. I'd love to hear a sound bite.
I need to check out the Pearl site again.
I agree. Those new lugs are distinctive - I guess it's a matter of taste if you like them or not - but apart from that I don't think there are major improvements over the previous line, which was considerably cheaper.If you have the money for a new Sensitone model, go for it; otherwise, you might find a model from the previous Sensitone line going for clearance prices if you're lucky.
I never understood why drum companies make their lugs so massive. I too don't care for the drawer handle look. Way too much metal.
I'd be taking off those lug gaskets off too. I like the principle of the bridged lug, but geez just make it lighter...and attach it as close to the bearing edge as feasible. Stay clear of the middle of the shell. Like the In-Tense lugs.
I used a Pearl Session Custom, all maple 7.5 mm shell, from late 2005 to 2008, then for about another year and a half from 2012 to 2014.Thanks to everyone for the responses!
Just a matter of taste I suppose! I tend to like the bulkier look! I think this snare is gorgeous, but that is just my opinion.
Hey Larryace, I read your comments and see that your not a real Pearl fan when it comes to drums. Curious as to why? You mentioned you did not like the tone on the toms. What brand and set do you use?
Church Drummer -
Are you going to break down and get one? Come on. You know you want it. If you get one, it will allow me to enjoy it vicariously!
How much does the pictured snare sell for on the street?
The 5" version does have another look to it: http://www.thomann.de/gb/pearl_14x5_sensitone_premium_brass.htm
I like that better, also in brass.
And the ARL lugs do have a design philosophy: http://www.musicradar.com/reviews/drums/pearl-sensitone-metal-shell-snares-602918/