I'm in Michigan (greater Lansing area). At the time I lived in Saginaw and taught at Gridley's Music Studio.My dad, the original owner of my Trixons, shares your assessment of the Trixon snare drums. He never liked the sound so he traded his in for a 60s Ludwig Super Sensitive. Doubtless a better sounding drum but I sure would have liked to get the matching snare. Roger - I see you're in Wisconsin - did you by chance work at Jim Laabs music? That's where my father purchased his set in the '60s.