14x5.5 Brass Snare any thoughts!?

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Post Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:39 pm

I'm looking into a new snare drum. I want something that resembles the old jazz snares of Art Blakey, Paul Humphrey, Max Roach, etc. I want to go Brass or possibly Copper, but I was curious of everyone's thoughts on this.

Can anyone tell me anything about Pearl snare drums, and Brass or Copper in general?
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Post Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:49 pm

i play the pearl sensitone brass snare. 14x5.5"
it's the best sounding metal snare i've ever played.
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Post Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:37 pm

If you have the budget, it would be worth checking out the Ludwig Black Beauty and/or their COB series. They are both 5" drums, but damn they sound sweet. Also I have hear a lot of positive feedback about the new Gretsch COB snares as well. The Pearl Sensitone is also a great choice for the money. I own several Pearl snares, and they make some fine drums.
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Post Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:39 am

break the prism wrote:i play the pearl sensitone brass snare. 14x5.5"
it's the best sounding metal snare i've ever played.

Great snare for the money!
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Post Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:09 pm

I just had this conversation recently and a friend of mine said his "go-to" was a Yamaha copper snare - he said it was the best of both worlds (wood/metal) and his absolute favorite....and he's got quite a few. I've always loved COB snares myself but I don't have experience with the copper to compare. My friend said the copper was dry and somewhat naturally "eq'd".
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