just played a killer backyard party with a soul dance band. used the biggest kit ive set up in years! im normally a one-snare guy, but this cheap Tama stagestar sounds so good cranked. excellent color option when needed in a tune. of course, my main Ludwig Black Magic Stainless Steel was with me as the main snare. Tried a diecast hoop for kicks and it cut! any cool backyard bashes this summer?