Cast vs thick rolled snares

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Bought them here on this forum from Nacci! Super excited for this monster! 14x8!
 

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Pelican 0340 cube. Got the idea from polycrescendo in this thread:



Expensive, but absolutely the best protection imaginable.
 

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Well I can finally see the big deal about these drums. We're preparing for the studio for our next album and we record our practices for it.

I brought my 6mm Drumcraft cast bronze for our latest practice and I was just amazed. No mixing, editing, or anything, and this snare sounds ridiculous! It has a Crack and presence like none of my other drums. We have one song that has just a few light press rolls for the drum part and it picked up every touch just perfectly. Our guitarists all commented on it asking what snare I had used this time.

Definitely a keeper drum!
 

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Man so many nice drums in this thread! I LOVE bronze drums...really like copper too, but for some reason can never get on with brass.

I had a George Way Indy bronze and it was a fantastic budget option...don't know if Dunnett still makes them. He also makes the Gergo Borlai signature Bronze and that thing is killer. Would like to try out more....
 

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The current stable of thick bronze/brass copper snares. Top to bottom, left to right: Oriollo/Salt drums cast bronze 14x5.5 with new cast bronze rims, 13x6.5 cast bronze, 14x6.5 Trick 3mm Copper rolled/welded, 14x6.5 Cast Bronze, 14x8 Savage Custom Drums Cast Bronze Ocheltree replica, 14x6.5 Allstar Drumworks 2mm rolled/welded snare brass. And an extra pic of the new hoops on the Oriollo shell.

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A bit late to the Bell Brass game but after missing out on the Tama re-issue a few years back and many years of search for an original I bought the Gretsch USA Bell Brass. I didn’t realise until now how much different animal this drum is compared to standard thin shell brass drums. I’m a bit blown away actually. It is so warm and rich and has a presence and headroom like no other drum I have ever played.

Still on the search for a Tama but this will have to quench my thirst for now.

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One more...Just arrived today. Gretsch Phosphor Bronze 5mm snare, 14x6.5.

Tried this drum leaning heavily on Treviso1/Rob’s recommendation of this snare due to his vast experience with Cast and heavy snares. It does not disappoint! Loud, fat, meaty. A little darker tonality compared to the Duluth’s, just as loud. It sounds better already than my Tama Bell Brass I sold, a really nice centered tone.

The literature on this is pretty confusing, saying “solid spun”, spun, seamless. I’ve been searching for a definitive answer on actual construction, as I wasn’t aware you could spin bronze at 5mm. Found an add that seems to lean toward centrifugally casting method.

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I was told that my Duluth shell was slated to be made in mid November so I'm hoping to hear that it's being shipped out any day now.
 

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Found a rare gem on eBay the other day, mislabeled as a copper snare. It’s a Crush C4 7x14 Cast phosphor bronze snare. I remember seeing these the year they debuted at NAMM. 3mm, reverse flanged hoops (currently has an aluminum die cast on top that is working well). A more open sound than the Duluth’s. Played her on New Years Eve, sounded great!

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Recently picked up the Gretsch Cast Steel 14x6.5. I can’t praise this thing enough!

it has an immediate, laser cutting tone that is still fat and huge sounding. Not as warm as cast bronze, but just as present. Seems ‘louder’ because of its higher frequency range. Amazingly, does not have any annoying ring we associate with a lot of steel shells (mostly the thin seamed entry level ones). Just a pure, quick, loud, fat “pop”.

The combination of attributes makes this a killer louder live drum.

I was honestly extremely surprised how quickly I took to this drum.

I would recommend this snare to anyone looking for a cast snare sound at a really good price point (if they cannot afford a cast bronze), or someone looking for a gigging drum if they don’t want to bring the expensive cast bronze to certain gigs or tours.

I actually prefer it to my Gretsch Phosphor Bronze in the same size.

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I have it tuned similar to the “medium” tuning on this clip.
 
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