About a decade ago, I bought a second-hand 13-inch, wood shell Tama Superstar snare. Up to that point, I had always played a 14-inch Ludwig, which other drummers always wanted to buy once they played it. I fell in love with the smaller snare, and use it for all my live dates as well as in the studio. Playing brushes on the smaller surface took some getting used to, but I now rarely use the Ludwig.I never even had 13" snare drums on my radar. I just never cared for the idea of them. That is until this year when I bought a Yamaha Hip set, mostly for fitting into tight spaces when needed. The set came with a 6 lug birch 13" snare, which I didn't even want. I considered selling it off, but I decided I would use it as a cheap backup snare and for practice.
What I didn't expect was how much I have grown to like that little snare drum. It sounds nice and big. The rim shots are loud and sound great. It's more comfortable to play because it allows more space for my legs. The band says they like my sound when I play it. I really don't have anything negative to say about this drum, and I may even take it along with some of my bigger set gigs.
Not bad for a drum I first wished they hadn't even included with the set. Maybe I'll get another one someday that's a little deeper, and I'm sure you 13" players will help me pick one out when I do!
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