Good brass snares (besides the Black Beauty)

Houndog

DFO Master
Gold Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
4,657
Reaction score
4,637
Location
Oklahoma City
I think the BB magic is overrated and way overpriced. Especially considering the gaskets they have to use to prevent lug splay .....Bah !!!!
 

IBitePrettyHard

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 13, 2020
Messages
196
Reaction score
409
Location
Newport News Virginia
If you can find an older, used, Tama Kenny Aronoff Trackmaster snare pick it up. The older ones had nickel over brass hoops and are fantastic drums.
Hot take, but I think I prefer my Trackmaster snare over my modern Ludwig Black Beauty snare.
Why do you prefer the Trackmaster, is it the sound, or the hardware?
 

varatrodder

Very well Known Member
Joined
Jan 4, 2016
Messages
739
Reaction score
905
Pork Pie BoB. Or get a World Max shell and parts from DFD and make your own.
 

bbunks

DFO Master
Joined
Aug 14, 2005
Messages
3,145
Reaction score
596
Location
Chicago
I think these drums are underrated. Cost has gone up a bit, but they are great rock and roll snares.
 

Saladdaze

Very well Known Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2010
Messages
710
Reaction score
180
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Sakae Black Nickel over Brass. Great snares for the money if/when you can find one.

 

nmosko

Very well Known Member
Joined
May 10, 2018
Messages
591
Reaction score
328
Location
Bluefield, VA
Mapex Persuader! The new black Panther line has some of the finest snare drums on the market. The way Mapex does the edges, the strainer (head and shoulders above anyone else in the industry) and the attention to detail is insane. My personal favorite.

that being said, the Pearl Sensitone, the Dw brass and any Ludwig brass snare other than the BB is top notch as well. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
 

CC Cirillo

DFO Veteran
Silver Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 20, 2019
Messages
1,988
Reaction score
3,512
Location
Northern California
I have a Sensitone and a Black Beauty, 5 and 6.5 respectively.

Whenever this question comes up, I recommend the Pearl. For starters, my used Sensitone cost 1/3 of what I paid foe my used BB.

Secondly, the Pearl is a seriously well-constructed drum.

Lastly, it sounds great live.

I’m a serious, irrational Ludwig fan boy. Pearl holds absolutely ZERO emotional pull for me.

Yet pre pandemic when I was playing a lot of gigs, the Sensitone saw the most stage time. Sounds good in any setting.
ED61CB8E-D333-4D5E-914A-FAA9D3EC920C.jpeg
 

bpaluzzi

Very well Known Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2008
Messages
1,329
Reaction score
1,915
Location
SF Bay Area
The way Mapex does the edges, the strainer (head and shoulders above anyone else in the industry) and the attention to detail is insane. My personal favorite.
How is the Mapex strainer better than any other on the market? It looks like a less-functional copy of the Dunnett strainer, which isn't particularly a favorite of mine.
 

SpinaDude

Very well Known Member
Joined
Jun 24, 2018
Messages
998
Reaction score
876
Location
Northwest NJ
Black Panther SledgeHammer. Hearty, punchy, sensitive, dry and cracking. Cuts through anything.

This deal is unbeatable. Drum is brand new.

Amazing strainer with adjustment knobs on both sides.
 

pgm554

Very well Known Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2014
Messages
764
Reaction score
663
I think the Carl Palmer Venus is a great brass snare for the money IF you get the latest model.
Ludwig sure did screw it's rep by shipping a poorly designed throw to begin with.
 

shrek

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 1, 2009
Messages
117
Reaction score
9
I have a Premier model 21 6.5x14 brass snare, however they are quite rare, were made in England from mid 80's to early 90's. Check out the comparison with a Ludwig Black Beauty:
 

Living Dead Drummer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 19, 2017
Messages
120
Reaction score
155
Location
Los Angeles, CA
I have a Yamaha Recording Custom Brass in the 14" x 5.5" size and it's been my go-to snare for the last bunch of years. Studio or Live it can do it all, and many times I get bands, producers, and engineers that always like it better in the studio than any of my other snares.
 


Top