This is my first ever Gretsch snare drum purchase: the new Keith Carlock Signature 5.5” X 14” 2mm Brass. I’ve been researching building my own Bell Bronze 3mm snare, but was struggling with the cost justifying how much I would likely actually use it. I’m partial to bronze drums but the Keith Carlock snare—even though it’s a true brass shell—intrigued me as being much more versatile with its 2 mm shell. It’s 13.4 pounds of rocket sauce. I’m going to spend some time with it before posting an evaluation, but I do predict I’m going to prefer it in the lower tuning range. If you’re considering getting one realize that the patina finish differs from shell to shell. Don’t expect your snare to look identical to the Gretsch factory photos. Each brass shell will exhibit it’s own individual patina pattern—similar, but not identical—to what you see in Gretsch ads.
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Is that the same drum? If so, the finish not only varies from drum to drum, but around each individual drum too - drastically.
Pretty neat looking.