What is your “old relable” snare drum ?

Gretsch RB 4157 of unknown year (but certainly before SSB, so literally old). It retains body and clarity through a rather wide tuning range.
6.5x15 Keplinger brass for me

***this is about to change***
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I guess it would be my Guru segmented padauk. That's what I gig with.

But all the rest of my Gurus would do just as well, and were all gigged with.

Tough question when one owns a small number of amazing snare drums
After seeing some of the impressive hardware offered up in this thread, I will humbly submit my lowly Yamaha Tour Custom Maple 14x5.5- it goes well with everything I play it with, has a wide tuning range, is quite responsive, and wasn't expensive.

It works. :)
Ol’ trusty for me is my ‘79 6.5 Black Beauty. At this point in the game, I feel like I can make any well-made snare drum sound great. What separates the BB, IMO, is how easily and quickly I can get multiple great sounds. My ‘68 400 is the same way, but I like the overall sound of the BB slightly more.
By way of example my old faithful for the last couple years is a Starphonic bubinga with a custom wood batter hoop. Sounds great in every genre and tuning. I recently got a Star bubinga and custom wood hoops for it, thinking it would be the end of the line, but you know what—the Starphonic just has something I like.