I absolutely LOVE the sound this type of snare puts out. Loud, fat, gut punch, and not particularly ringy.
Curious if any of you that have the Paiste, N&C, Tama, Sonor, Oriollo, treebronze, Duluth cast shells have compared them to thicker walled shells of similar material that aren’t cast.
I have a Tama bell brass, Oriollo in a few floating chassis that are both cast, the Oriollo I believe is 3.4mm. The Tama is probably the punchiest and most “solid” sounding. The Oriollo is fat, a bit more tone, just as loud.
Next is a 220 bronze shell built from an Allstar Drumworks shell and lugs (which is actually BRASS-just to add to all the confusing bell brass/bell bronze confusion) that is 3mm and a welded shell. In a blindfold test, I’d have a hard time telling it apart from the other two above. Playing it, it has a slightly shorter overall note, but still very loud and fat. (I have a replacement black hoop on the way, original is chipped badly)
Just picked up a trick copper 3mm shell. It’s a touch darker in sound than the others, but same character.
All are within a pound of each other, about 18 lbs, the Oriollo maybe a half pound heavier.
I also have a Duluth Alu-bronze coming in January to throw into the mix with matching bronze hoops.
I’m starting to think with similar shell materials (all of these copper based), it’s the thickness of the shell that is contributing to their overall characteristics, regardless of whether cast or welded. At least maybe 90% similar.
What do you think?