Brad got a Black Beauty (hooray)

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I'm going to be fiddling with this snare a lot and I don't want to post a dozen different threads about it. Nobody wants that.

I got a 5x14 Black Beauty and I've only had an hour or so to play on it, but I like where it's going.

I'm going to be going for a low/medium universal rock/jazz/hip-hop tone, so here's what I'm planning on putting on:
- Die cast batter hoop
- Coated Emperor batter
- Evans 200 Clear reso
- Puresound Super 30 wires

Should I expect to have snare bed or other issues putting a 30-strand snare on?

Anyone have recommended head/wire combinations for a tone like can be heard here?
 

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Congrats on the Black Beauty!
I have never even played one but always wanted one and may some day if the $ is ever available at the same time a good deal is.
I love the sound files on these drums. Envious!
 

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I have 42 strand wires on mine and seems to take them just fine.

I like the Ambassador X as a batter. A little thicker for beef but does not lose sensitivity. At least not that I can tell.

The drum can handle different set ups, tunings, and, best of all, players.
 

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Congrats on the Black Beauty!
I have never even played one but always wanted one and may some day if the $ is ever available at the same time a good deal is.
I love the sound files on these drums. Envious!

Just squirrel it away and you'll get there. I worked overtime and set aside 10% of my paychecks for a while (I realize this isn't an option for everyone), then sold my 8-9 cheap/mid-range snares. Then I was finally able to pick up this one with the upgraded strainer:
 

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I have 42 strand wires on mine and seems to take them just fine.

I like the Ambassador X as a batter. A little thicker for beef but does not lose sensitivity. At least not that I can tell.

The drum can handle different set ups, tunings, and, best of all, players.

I was really considering the AmbX but I'm looking to hella eliminate overtones, which is why I'm planning on the 2 7mil plies instead of the single 12/14mil. Maybe the die-cast hoop will do enough on its own that the AmbX will be a better choice? I don't know yet.
 

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Pictures or it didn't happen!
 

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I’d personally go with Canopus wires, I balked at them until last week, when I threw a set of the Vintage Dry on my BB.
They sounded considerably better than the stock ludwigs, but those were pretty old. The tone, feel, and response of the drum has improved by a margin that I hadn’t experienced before (I’ve had stock wires from lots of manufacturers, puresound customs and blasters, masshoff, and that weird active snare system that gave you a bootleg dyna sonic).
 

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I’d personally go with Canopus wires, I balked at them until last week, when I threw a set of the Vintage Dry on my BB.
They sounded considerably better than the stock ludwigs, but those were pretty old. The tone, feel, and response of the drum has improved by a margin that I hadn’t experienced before (I’ve had stock wires from lots of manufacturers, puresound customs and blasters, masshoff, and that weird active snare system that gave you a bootleg dyna sonic).

That's great info -- I hadn't heard of Canopus before but I'm intrigued, they definitely seem to put some legit design into their wires. I'll probably give them a rip if I'm unsatisfied with the Puresounds I have on the way.
 

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: It sounds great with a die cast batter hoop, genera hd, evans ss 200, and a dw 30-strand.

The mismatched hoops kind of bother me so I ordered a die cast snare side hoop also

Thank you for your support during this journey
 

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I’ve got a wood drum with a diecast batter and a triple flanged resonant.

The way I see it is the diecast batter focuses and the flanged resonant projects.

That’s my theory. The drum came that way, and this theory has saved me from having to spend any more money.
 


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