I agree with you on the vintage piece big time. That drum looks amazing.Yes I would check and see where and if they have a sonic similarity and aren't too far from mainstream... But Visually Yeah they look like from a different century.. but that's to taste I guess.
They're almost a Style statement but sonically, adding whatever tone they have (ancient?) could be a cool addition. I guess; It's kind of weird to have just "one".. and no hipper- to the eyes- than having an old marcher deep wood hoop snare calf heads, setting next to "your" nearly new "Yamaha Absolute Hybrid" (or whatever) . It's about a wash/ even..
You can still restore actual vintage drums and snares and come away with the same result. I think.
Little bit of cinematic Hollywood posturing (signaling) going on..
I bought this snare at an estate sale 10 years ago and have not been able to fully identify the model. There is not much info to there on these drums. I BELIVE it is (1) brass polished surface, (2) nickel and the final layer (3) is chromium If nickel is last layer, it has a duller look.www.ebay.com