Had a half day at work and ran across one of these concert snares on my way home. Got a great price on it. It's the SD-106....looks mid 80s or so. Black with stained interior as well. Concert snare mechanism....great drum. Can't wait to play with it a bit. Will post pics asap.
Glad you still have it...are you running the stock snares? What about heads? Usual Amb's on top and snare side on bottom or have you tried any of the thinner, concert heads? Stuff like the skin heads....can't think of the name now...nuskin or whatever Remo calls them. Also, you tuning it like you would any other snare?
Mine is 100% factory original, including heads. The snares are the 8-cable snares that came stock. Tuning range is wide but it's ended up pretty much where the other 6.5s are, medium - high.
I have other drums I'll experiment on, not this one!
Never saw it mentioned in this thread. But before the 900 Series RC/RS snares started showing up around '81/82.... the 000 series snare drums carried the load for the 9000 series drums. Top of the line 016, 055, 065....wood or steel. Lugs were rectangular shaped. But the 000 serial number on the badge confirms what these are. And they all have super-sensitive mechanisms of sorts.....to compete with Ludwig, Tama, Pearl, etc.
Speaking of 900 series snares, I have an SD980RP (14x8 Recording Custom snare) in black lacquer that I picked up for $200 with a hard shell case in the 1990s because everyone back then was jumping on the piccolo snare as their main snare, as was the drummer who sold it to me. What a nice vintage snare it is. I have done several heavy rock sessions with it and recording engineers love tracking it. I usually run an Aquarian High Energy (live) or CS Coated Reverse (studio) on top.