What is your favorite snare in your arsenal and why?

Tama, Pearl, Yamaha, Premier, Mapex etc.

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Post Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:46 am

Ok, I know it's not easy to completely define or decide one's favorite, but I'm just curious as to what everyone's into. Here is my arsenal in order of preference:

#1 - 13 x 6 Luka solid one-peice maple
#2 - 14 x 5.5 Tempus carbon fibre
#3 - 14 x 5 Ludwig supraphonic
#4 - 14 x 6.5 Pork Pie Big Black Bob
#5 - 13 x 7 Yamaha Akira Jimbo (autographed!)
#6 - 12 x 6 Taye Studiomaple
#7 - 10 x 6 PDP 805 birch

I like the Tempus & Luka because they sound bigger than their dimensions and have incredible sensitivity, tone, crack and potential volume. The Pork Pie sounds incredible, especially in the studio. The supraphonic does it all and is probably the most versatile of the bunch. I'm thinking of selling the Taye or PDP because I don't need two side snares and maybe even the Akira Jimbo. I've owned other snares in my life, they just weren't worth keeping, two of them being Pearl Free-Floating snares (5'' brass & 3.5'' steel) and another 13 x 6 Tempus fibreglass that sounded too similar to my Luka to keep. I also owned a 14 x 5.5 Tama Starclassic maple for 15 years which was just sitting on a shelf more and more following the acquistion of other drums until I sold it.

What about you guys?
Taye StudioMaple 8,10,12,12,14,15,16,20,22
Yamaha DTXtreme
Pork Pie Big Black Bob
Tempus carbon fiber 14x5.5
Ludwig LM400 Supraphonic
Luka solid one piece maple 13x6
Akira Jimbo Signature 13x7 - Autographed
Taye Studiomaple 12x6
Pacific 805 10x6
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Post Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:20 pm

#1 - 6.5x13 Tama stainless steel hand hammered
#2 - 6.5x14 Slingerland Gene Krupa chrome over brass
#3 - 6.5x14 Premier genista
#4 - 5.5x14 Ludwig 70's acrolite
#5 - 6.5x14 Ddrum dominion maple
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Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:28 pm

My Ludwig 1978 suprafonic chrome 14" probably the best snare drum in the world.
it cuts :D and Black Panther deep Mahogany Mapex. and Mt 14" Birch wooden Premier Genista
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Post Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:52 pm

#1 Tama Hand Hammered brass 13 x 3
#2 Pork Pie Big Black Bob
#3 DW Craviotto Maple 5.5 x 14
#4 Pearl Popcorn