i have 2 snares on my set at all times, a 14 inch pdp and an 8 inch pdp popcorn (both tuned very tight). my 14 inch never fails in any situation. blast beats especially. but then if i wanna play softer jazzy feels, it works great for a nice pop. my popcorn, ironically, is more of a high pitched cracking sound. its great for reggae, latin beats, and accents.
i only have 2 snares and when i got my spaun my swingstar went (and has stayed) out of comission. i have my spaun (6x14 vented 8 ply maple, die cast hoops) tuned very tight for a high crack sound. i love it.
Mine is not a spectacular custom job, but it sounds awesome. It's a standard Yamaha 6.5" x 14" Steel snare, shod with Evans ST dry batter head, Evans G1 Reso head, and PureSound Varitone Heavy Snare Wires.