Favorite Wooden Snare You Have Ever Played or Heard

kenshireen1

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I have many snare drums and was interested in knowing what you thought was the best wood snare you have ever played along with whatever heads. There is no time period on this so you can go back as far as you like.
I have wooden snares from the 30's. When I say "best" I am referring to warmth, response, whatever you feel makes a snare sound great.
My favorite is probably a Cleveland Rogers Dyna.

If you have more than one you can list them in order.
 

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1980 Slingerland 5.5 x 14 5ply Spitfire with Kentville medium Kangaroo on the batter (although single ply coated or fiberskyn sound great also). And a 1952 Leedy and Ludwig 8 lug 6.5 x 14.
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My 6.5x14 Craviotto Johnny C brings a smile to my face every time I play it. Tune it high, tune it low, it can do just about anything I could ask for from a snare drum.
 

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I only have a few wood snare drums, and I like them a lot, but not all the time: 1930's 6.5x14 Leedy; 1950's 5.5x14 Leedy&Ludwig; and a 1980 6.5x14 Sonor Phonic rosewood in/out.

My favorite sounding wood snare drum I ever heard in a shop, and I still kick myself for not getting it, around 2001 or so, was the Yamaha Elvin Jones model. Might have just been the way it was tuned up, but I really loved it.
 

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Cleveland Powertone in Blue Onyx. Some junkie robbed it. By the time I tracked him down the drum was long gone. I bought two others of the same era-both of which I ended up selling. They were nice but my first one was magic.
 

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my Sonor Greb is fantastic, as is my Brady 5.5 x 14 Jarrah - both very articulate with a wide tune range for both.
 

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I love the snare in this picture, but a friend of mine has a George Way Studio model in 6.5 X 14 that I'd gladly pick if I could only choose one snare for the rest of my life.

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60s Gretsch (5.5 8 lug mid strainer renown) or 50s Ludwig (6 lug 6.5 wiffle WFL)
depend on room style of muzak etc
all I care to spend
and they've paid for themselves years ago
 


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