I've been thinking of picking up a less expensive drum since I travel a lot and like the sound of the Supralites. All my snares are either 5s or 6.5s. I've never owned a 5.5 and am curious to why one would go that route vs the other common sizes.
100% agree with everything you said here. Love the feel of 5 or5.5 the best by far over anything else.I play 5.5's almost exclusively...the reason being I tension the drums up pretty tight, just shy of choking, so the feel changes from one drum to another. A 5 would be my next choice. Live in a room you can hear quite a difference but its the feel of the rebound I'm going after..not the depth. I have a 3.5 which I like for certain things but it is a much harder drum to play because you can't lay into it as much. I've had up to 7.5 inch drums, still kept quite tight and they have a little more balls, but through a pa its barely noticeable. You can make a 5" very deep sounding with the right eq...just add some 250-350 hz to bring the punch out. I usually prefer a drum that cracks although i've backed all size drums way off to get that mushy ballad fat back sound. That said nothing sounds worse to me than a low pitched drum without any muffling...like a bag of feed hit with a baseball bat with an annoying after ring. I hear quite a bit of that these days but you can keep it! I almost always muffle a snare at least some....tape at the edge, etc. Different strokes!
This right here. The "biggest sounding" snare I have is my 5.5"x14" Yamaha SD-495. Two of my "smaller" sounding drums are my 7x14" Oak Custom and 7x14" Beech Custom Absolute. As an earlier post mentioned, it's all about perceived sound.T'isnt the depth.
'Tis the Drummer.