13" Snare Drums

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I sold off the last 13" snare I had years ago and have no desire to go back. I prefer a 14 or a 15 (although I currently have no 15s). I did briefly consider a 13" snare earlier today but the price isn't a great deal on it, so I passed.
It's funny how tastes change, and it's not just drums - it's food, cars, whatever. I just wish you were selling off those awful 13's now rather than years ago. :laughing6:
 

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For years - decades, actually - I resisted any snare drum that was not 14 inches in diameter. My reasoning was anything other would throw off my timing since I am mainly a brush player and am usually checking my quarter note sweep against when my hats close on the 2 and 4. Then I started using small kits that came with 13 and 12 inch snare drums. Embarrassingly it only took a day or so of heavy woodshedding to get the timing right, and the missing real head real estate was not a real problem. One of my favorite 13" snare drums is the exact same model as yours. It's pretty impressive, and definitely great for brush playing.
Mike, I believe I remember you getting your Hip set roughly the same time I got mine, and I've been wondering what you thought about the included snare drum. I can't believe it's so cheap and sounds so good. I've actually been kicking around the idea of wrapping it in vintage WMP so it'll look like I spent some time selecting it for the sound, lol
 

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Another Tama special edition. 13x7 maple Artwood, originally with black anodized hardware. Door prize at a local drum clinic. The only snare I use for jazz, and it kicks a big band in the butt.

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Mike, I believe I remember you getting your Hip set roughly the same time I got mine, and I've been wondering what you thought about the included snare drum. I can't believe it's so cheap and sounds so good. I've actually been kicking around the idea of wrapping it in vintage WMP so it'll look like I spent some time selecting it for the sound, lol
That snare drum (heck, the entire kit) is underrated. I was so surprised by the snare drum, though. You just know the entire kit would look killer in vintage WMP!
 

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The Gretsch Brooklyn 4.5x13" that comes with the Brooklyn Micro kit is 6 lug and had a hard time getting a good sound with the usual Coated Ambassador. ...after trying half a dozen single ply and two ply heads the best sound came out of an Evans EC2 Frosted batter and now she can come out to the gigs!- Anyone else that has this drum- Please share your thoughts....

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I was also in the camp of never considering 13" as an option. I think there was an oversaturation in the 90's with all the "popcorn" snares that were associated with numetal, etc. I picked the Tama Kapur 7x13 and was really impressed.
 

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I have an acrolite used as my main snare from 4th grade concert band till about 1994 when I got this 3x13 maple piccolo. It has a much larger tuning range then you would think for its size and I don’t have to tune it super tight to get the sound I want. Since I’ve had this snare, the acrolite as well as a few others have made appearances, but this is my 99% of the time snare. This pic is from about six months ago when I tore it down and and cleaned all the hardware. Good as new.
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Yep, those Pearl 13x3s are superb! I have both the steel and the brass version, and they get played a lot (as main snares).

I´ve owned a couple other 13s as well:
Yamaha Musashi 13x6,5 - great little drum for that Steve Jordan type of high pitched crack, but lacking at lower tunings IMO.
Sonor Ascent Beech 13x7 - very good, but I found it to be a bit one-dimensional in sound.
Tama G-Maple 13x7 - fantastic drum all around!
Gretsch Mark Schulman 13x6 - swapped the 42-strand snare wires for a 20, and bingo! The poor man´s Benny Greb snare. Really, really good.

Sold them all because I favour metal shells these days but I wouldn´t mind having the Tama or the Gretsch back.
 

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The Gretsch Brooklyn 4.5x13" that comes with the Brooklyn Micro kit is 6 lug and had a hard time getting a good sound with the usual Coated Ambassador. ...after trying half a dozen single ply and two ply heads the best sound came out of an Evans EC2 Frosted batter and now she can come out to the gigs!- Anyone else that has this drum- Please share your thoughts....

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Someone on the forum just sold me one. It’ll be here Friday. Will let you know what I think. It’ll be my first 13” snare.
 

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So you're the lucky one who snagged that deal.
Guilty as charged! Perfect timing because I was looking for a 13” snare and I have a Gretsch USA 12/14/16BD in maple color to pair it with.
 

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I currently own 2 Ludwig 3x13 snare drums one is a hammered bronze B stock and the other is a hammered Black Beauty ....amazing drums and if I can find either the Yamaha Musashi or the new RC Brass 6x13 at a reasonable price I will own one. I enjoy this size as either main or side snare options...
 


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