Hey Jazz drum guy - I feel the same way about bth black hardware and unconventional wraps - that said, I am still going back to playing this drum from time to time - it really has a thing - feels as if it can do anything! I was going to put die cast hoops on it but then realized that the custom thicker tension rods would not fit on any conventional hoop! Its still a keeper though. I'm going to keep my eyes out for one of the more exoensive lang snares now and hope for a deal or trade.Wow.......
1) A real pro who only has 12 snares. I feel like an idiot with 30+ and telling myself to "cap" it at 40.......thanks for the self-reflective moment, Mr. W.
2) I've never heard of Mr. Lang before this post.
3) To me, although the price was good, I just didn't like the industrial wrap nor am I a huge fan of black hardware (I have one snare with all black on polished brass). It has certainly piqued my interest in these snares. Not sure if I would buy one without playing it, but if I come across one in person, I will definitely stop and smell that apparent rose....thanks, OP.