Versatile Snare for under $300

ARCHxANGEL

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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 )
 

loop

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I think Pearl Sensitone is a nice, versatile and not-very-expensive snare. Try it out:)
 

Rob the Drummer

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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.

 

drumdug

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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.
 

anavrinIV

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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.
 
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.
 

mattkinel

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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.

-Matt
 

lowdrummer

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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.
 

infiznitch

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Carter":3moehbnb said:
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?
 

plumdrummer

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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.
 
The Pacific SX Maple wood-rim snare
http://www.pacificdrums.com/sx/sx.htm# 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.
http://www.myspace.com/dirtyalleysdirtyminds
 

PaulZILLA

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the ddrum dominion ASH or MAPLE snarez for 150 on musiciansfriend are good for a ncie crak and sound insane
 

rufus4dagruv

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I have a Pearl Omar Hakim signature snare that I have been very pleased with. It's a 5x13 and made from African Mahogany. When I really torque down the head, I get a great crack that has been commented on by many sound men and audience members. When I use a thicker head and not as much tension, the fundamental low tone of the mahogany produces some very warm tones. Good luck!
 

MikeRowland

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Many of the drums listed here are great for what you want. You may also check out the Pearl Chad Smith Signature snare. It is around $200-$250 and has great projection plus great body.
 

Atth2o

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Tama Imperial Star Snare - Stewart Copelands fav and Pearl Free Floating Snare (you can change out the shell for whatever sound you want at the time)
you can do both for under $300 each
 

Brack

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Mark Christopher":2ouwyoql said:
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.

Agreed.
 
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