Part of the problem is the clear pinstripe,which in my opinion,don't belong on snare drums..Try a coated emperor,and tune the reso head up very tight.Dynas are very articulate and sensitive drums ,and will give you that great cracking rimshot when tuned properly.Your other drum,by the way was 5x14.Rogers never made a 5.5 dyna,promise.By the way, the snare drum I'm using is a 14x6.5 COB Rogers Dynasonic, believe it or not. I think maybe it might sound awkward to me because I'm use to playing a 14x5.5 COB Rogers Dynasonic that I had before owning the 14x6.5. Also, the hoops on the 14x6.5 one, are the original hoops that came with the snare drum. So, I dont know if they are 1.6mm or 2.3mm triple flanged. While I do know that I did put a 2.3mm triple flanged hoop on the batter side of my 14x5.5 Dynasonic. Both snare drums use a Clear Remo Pinstripe on the batter side, and a Hazy Remo Ambassador on the bottom.