I Need Help Finding a New Snare

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Post Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:12 am

Hey Everybody,

I need your opinion on snares. Mine recently broke before a show, and Im trying to find a new one, I had several in mind.

Spaun AC5514SC Acrylic Shell Snare Drum 5.5x14
Gretch Catalina Club snare 6x14
Pacific Drums by DW Maple Snare with Wood Hoops 5.5x14
Pork Pie Acrylic Snare Drum with Black Powder Hardware 6x14
Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs 6.5x14

I play with my snare tuned very tight, so I wanted to have sturdy hardware that can withstand that type of tension. I play in ska bands, so I like having my snare quick with very little ringing, so I usually use Remo Powerstroke 3's. My old snare was a PEACE 5.5x14 which was maple I believe. All of these snares are in my price range, so can you tell me which one you think would be the best for my style? You can hear my old snare and me playing on my bands myspace at www.myspace.com/thepantsband if that helps you.

This isn't going to decide anything, I just want a second opinon. I just want to see if anyone has played these and if its constructed well and has a decent sound.

I love this forum, thanks everyone!
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Post Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:32 am

From those choices, I'd have to go with the brass model. It seems to be the only true professional series drum. I'd stay well away from the acrylics because I feel they are terribly limited.
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:41 pm

I can tune my ludwig untill the head almost breaks out of the rim!

Very tight Very loud - VERY satisfied.
It snaps and cuts thru EVERYTHING when I hit a Rim Shot...

Pearl Rythym Traveler kit
Pearl 5x13 mahogany snare, black finnish
Ludwig 5x14 Supra Phonic Black Sparkle Metal Snare (SOB is LOUD)
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:27 pm

yea, i agree. i would definately say go with the brass model if you want to go with one of your choices.

however, heres something i would think about...tama snares have strong hardware,....so you may want to check out one of those...then throw a Falam head on it (kevlar) and youll get a nice crack like a marching snare...itll sound great in a ska band, very 311/no doubt ish.
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:42 pm

MY supraphonic Ludwig has a Heavy Coated Rocker Batter and X-thin snare head - Just like the original.
This is a solid METAL shell - I is Loud and crisp and tight.
I have used Tama before as well = good stuff.
I had the 8" deep Maple snare - BOOM!
Still hard to beat a world renound ( Ludwig )snare for about $250.00 USD brand new.

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Pearl Rythym Traveler kit
Pearl 5x13 mahogany snare, black finnish
Ludwig 5x14 Supra Phonic Black Sparkle Metal Snare (SOB is LOUD)
Ziljian, Paiste, and Sabians
Vic Firth SD-1
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:41 pm

i vote for the spaun acrylic. it is very high pitched, bright, lightning fast, and has a killer crack to it. i have a 6x14 spaun vented maple cranked with evans hd dry and hazy 300 and it has a very warm pop to it...the acrylic is noticably brighter but not at all in a bad way...and it doesnt ring like a steel shell. i would also reccomend the ludwig acrolite...i played one and the guy who owned it had tuned it so that its the loudest snare ive ever heard.

out of your choices ive played all except the gretsch and i definately think that the spaun acrylic fits the bill for what you describe.
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:27 pm

Mine is an Acrolite Model Supra Phonic - and it is LOUD

Literally tuned a head so tight that the head "broke"
It came out of the seams in the head itself ...
But the Ludwig rim and drum shell did not faulter

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Pearl Rythym Traveler kit
Pearl 5x13 mahogany snare, black finish, w/
Pinstripe head tuned kinda LOW.
Ludwig 5x14 Supra Phonic Black Sparkle Metal Snare (SOB is LOUD)
Heavy Rocker top head on Ludwig snare, tuned TIGHT.
X-thin on snare head. standard 20 strand metal snares
Ziljian, Paiste, and Sabians
Evans EC2 heads on toms
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:31 pm

which ones of those models have you played?

Out of all those I've been impressed with the Spaun and the Pork Pies. The Gretsch is nice, but in my experience was warm and fat, and the Spaun and Pork Pies had a bit more crack to them.

Haven't played the Pacific snare, but out of the rest, they're all decent drums. I went with a 12" Pork Pie for ultimate crack; a little easier to tune up high and quite responsive. Spauns tend to be pretty awesome too, though.

any way you can get your hands on them to try them out?
As you can see, you're going to get a lot of different opinions, based on personal preference.