Pssst. Did you say 'iron' snare? Iron?Inspired by the workhorse snare thread, only in the other direction.
I'm guessing most drummers here have multiple snare drums.
I'm also guessing that you have a snare or two that just doesn't get played as much as your others. Or in Bermuda's case, a few hundred.
So what is it? I'm down to 8 total snare drums. 6 wood, and 2 metal (8 lug) specimens, and I dig them all.
My un-pick would have to be my Pork Pie custom ordered 8 lug black nickel over brass. Nothing wrong with the drum. I have to pick one of them. I simply prefer a wood snare drum. My next pick would be the other PP iron snare.
Maybe we could set up a LFSS...least favorite snare swap. I send you mine, you send me yours. Assuming we both want what the other has.
It could be a win/win.
What’s wrong with iron?
A few months back, I parted with two really well made drums that just didn’t get any use: 1) A Q Drums Gentlemen’s series 7x14 seamless steel. Really well made and it sounded great, but it was SO loud, it was impractical to play in the house, and the mostly small rooms I used to play when gigging. I have almost 30 snares, including many loud ones, but the Q was like nothing I’ve heard. I should add that I own the copper version, which I adore. 2) A Van Kleef 5 (or 5.5) lattice steel drum. This thing was superbly crafted but given the nature of the construction (heavily vented), it was not nearly as versatile as my other VKs.
I'd never heard of it and wouldn't have thought it possible, that's why I asked.What’s wrong with iron? Check out Alan Van Kleef’s cast iron monster:
I'd never heard of it and wouldn't have thought it possible, that's why I asked.
Someone on the Pearl forum joked about using concrete too, but that got me thinking. If they can make racing yachts out of steel mesh reinforced concrete ...
Crikey! ?Lol, DW made that concrete snare. Clearly a marketing gimmick but it didn’t sound that bad. The grade of iron used in that VK behemoth clearly isn’t the kind used for the rusty fence in the backyard. DW clearly put some effort into the type of concrete mix they use as well. Otherwise, a relatively thin shell Made out of traditional concrete would probably shatter the first time you hit it.
Do you want to sell the Pork pie ? ?.Interesting idea.. I *think* I remember you (Larry) as having a signature Eric Singer Pearl snare drum
For me, similar boat - I have not played the following snares in quite a while:
- Pork Pie 14 x 6.5" BOB
- DW Design Series 14 x 5" maple snare (came stock with my Frequent Flyer kit)
- TAMA SLP Dynamic Bronze 14 x 5.5"