Versatile Snare for under $300

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Post Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:04 pm

Please give all opinions on versatile snare drums under $300
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Post Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:11 pm

Definatly can't go wrong with a 60's or 80's Ludwig Acrolite ( or as Blackrolite for the 80's models ) Very versatile snare and can be found generally for $150 or less ( depending on the age,seller,and if you need a rim or snare strands )
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Post Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:29 am

I think Pearl Sensitone is a nice, versatile and not-very-expensive snare. Try it out:)
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:43 am

For under 300$... Personally i like the Spaun Cokebottle.
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Post Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:25 pm

For $200 bux, Pork Pie Piglite. Awesome buy, I play it more than my DW snare. 13"x7" Great tone and projects really well. Sounds great whether it be medium or tight tension. Reccomended to anyone playing anything.

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Post Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:06 am

I bought my Pro series Maple snare for only $150! It was slightly used. It came with a coated ambassador (remo) head that looked like it was never touched.
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Post Sat Sep 30, 2006 9:32 am

i agree about the spaun cokebottle. its a little ugly but it sounds amazing. also, the pork pie little squealer is a good buy for 150 and the piglites are cool, but theyre both made in taiwan and, while thats necessarily a bad thing, the spauns are all us made. i also have to agree about the acrolite. id like to own one at some point.
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Post Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:59 pm

I bought a Tama Artwood Maple 6 1/2 x 14 w/an Evans Hydraulic batter and an Evans 300 Hazy for the resonant. I bought it through MidWest Percussion in Chicago. 1-800-282-drum (3786).
For less than $300 and sounds awesome. I've used it on all the ballads on my record and use it at church when I need more bottom than volume. Beautiful sounding.
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Post Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:12 am

The problem with acrylic drums is there lack of tone. I own a very large vistalite set and they are amazing with presence, but there is no tone from a plastic shell. For under $300, find a used Ludwig Supraphonic. They are the metal drum that all others have to live up to. Live or studio, the always shine with a mic on them. You will not be dissapointed with it, plus it can sound like anything with its huge tuning range. Remember, remo coated ambassador resonant, and remo coated emperor batter make any snare drum sound better.

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Post Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:15 am

ddrum dominion series.
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Post Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:31 pm

for 300 i recomend a DW brass snare 14x5.5, i use mine with rock , jazz, and if i tune it hgh enough i can even get that high pitche d Chad sexton sound out of it for regge nd ska.
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Post Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:09 pm

Carter wrote:Please give all opinions on versatile snare drums under $300

All of these sound really cool so far, but I'm looking for something that REALLY cracks. Which of these snares or others is best going to cut through the mix?
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Post Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:21 pm

Try a piccolo snare. It'll cut through like nobody's business. You might be able to find a good used one under $300. I know they're more popular with funk drummers, but they're surprisingly versatile. Helmet's drummer used a piccolo snare.
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Post Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:49 pm

find a ludwig super sensitive or supraphonic used on ebay
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Post Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:36 am

The Pacific SX Maple wood-rim snare Click on the wood-rim 5.5x14.

I play this in a punk rock'n'roll band, tuned open but just slightly tight and with little muffling (just a moongel). This is, in my opinion, the perfect snare drum. You can play it soft and it captures total detail. Lay into it with Moeller backbeats and it dominates. Kill it with single-stroke rolls and watch faces melt. The attack is PERFECT, it cracks with definition but has a lovely punch even when tuned high. It cuts live, and lays down in the studio with ease.

What I like is the mellow sound of wood. Most people seem to play steel snares, either because that's what your kit comes with by default, or because they speak louder with more overtones, but wood snares put more emphasis on the fundamental tone, and this snare has that quality in spades making it great for backbeat playing. Without muffling, though, it still rings beautifully and would fit in great in jazz playing, or cranked up it would work well for more detailed funk or fusion playing.

If you want to hear it, I mean really are desperate to hear it, I recorded these demos over the summer with some of my local punk friends. These are the original raw mixes we got from the studio the day of, so the snare is a little burried, but it is the raw sound of the snare through an SM57.
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