What is your “old relable” snare drum ?

lefty2

Platinum Member
My go to snare is pointed badge era supra 5 by 14 What I love most about it is I got it in a pawn shop for 50 bucks a couple years ago. I've never owned a really high end snare though. Right now I have a 5 by 14 brass ludwig rocker , a 6 1/2 by 14 Yamaha tour custom wood from 1988 and a 6 1/2 by 14 steel Yamaha from the same era.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Oh my, that one sentence has the potential to be explosive 💣

A variety of sizes of Zildjian A’s is all anyone needs for a classic quality cymbal sound :).

With snare drums there is such a wide variety of shell materials, dimensions, hardware, manufacturers, build quality, etc. for unlimited variety of sounds.

probably not that explosive, because I hope I inferred that it was my own opinion (I feel that...)

but to my ears, it is harder for me to hear the differences between snares than cymbals, because the tunings of the heads presents more random variables from drum to drum...sometimes taking the shell materials, dimensions, hardware, manufacturers, build quality, etc out of the picture for my ear. My 5.5x14 metal Supraphonic sounds exactly like my friends 6.5x14 Tama Superstar maple snare - high pitched Stewart Copland esque sound.

I have a Remo Coated Ambassador batter and Remo Ambassador Hazy snare side head. He has an Aquarian Hi Velocity batter head, and a clear Aquarian snare side (don't know the exact model)....same sound.

BUT, he has a 90's era Zildjian 18" Low China, and I have a 90's era 18" high China, and they definitely sound different...there are no outside parameters that will make those sound the same
 

SomeBadDrummer

Well-known member
probably not that explosive, because I hope I inferred that it was my own opinion (I feel that...)

but to my ears, it is harder for me to hear the differences between snares than cymbals, because the tunings of the heads presents more random variables from drum to drum...sometimes taking the shell materials, dimensions, hardware, manufacturers, build quality, etc out of the picture for my ear. My 5.5x14 metal Supraphonic sounds exactly like my friends 6.5x14 Tama Superstar maple snare - high pitched Stewart Copland esque sound.

I have a Remo Coated Ambassador batter and Remo Ambassador Hazy snare side head. He has an Aquarian Hi Velocity batter head, and a clear Aquarian snare side (don't know the exact model)....same sound.

BUT, he has a 90's era Zildjian 18" Low China, and I have a 90's era 18" high China, and they definitely sound different...there are no outside parameters that will make those sound the same
I do appreciate the fact that no two cymbals are identical even mass produced.
it would be interesting to do a blind test to see who could discern the difference in each.
cheers!
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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I do appreciate the fact that no two cymbals are identical even mass produced.
it would be interesting to do a blind test to see who could discern the difference in each.
cheers!

yeah...I would love it if my ears were good enough to identify drum sounds like they do cymbal sounds. I have friends who can hear a snare drum in a song and go "6x14 birch 6 ply shell" and get at least 2 out of the 3 parameters right. I just don't get how they can do that...
 

Justinhub2003

Well-known member
It was the Supraphonic

But now it’s the Benny Greb 2.0 from Sonor. Literally so many sounds with out even touching a tuning key
 

SomeBadDrummer

Well-known member
yeah...I would love it if my ears were good enough to identify drum sounds like they do cymbal sounds. I have friends who can hear a snare drum in a song and go "6x14 birch 6 ply shell" and get at least 2 out of the 3 parameters right. I just don't get how they can do that...
Have you looked into hearing aides 🦻 hahaha?:ROFLMAO:
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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Pootle

Well-known member
I habitually gravitate towards a medium to high-tuned 5” wood snare. I occasionally think about buying a higher end Gretsch USA maple or the Mike Johnston snare, but a few minutes with my Renown quickly quells that desire. Fantastic drum for the money, goes everywhere with me.
 

Captain Bash

Silver Member
Reprise, did not show any photos and since I am taking old reliable out for a date tomorrow her she is…..considering the mileage she’s looking mighty fine - long term hardcases protect your gear.

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Captain Bash

Silver Member
Cool. A Flynn era Brady. Jarrah Ply?
Yes, indeed, absolutely top notch build quality, just has the right balance of shell sound to snare, although as you can see I like a lot of snare sound. This drum really delivers exactly what what you play, unusually for me I adore the backbeat sound WITH rimshot.
 
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