That's interesting. If I can ask, what kind of snares do you have and what major manufacturers have let you down? And was it only with their matching kit snares, or was it also their specialty snares?For some rason, I like drum manufacturers to build drums and let snare manufacturers build snare drums.
Never had an outstanding matching snare, not even my yamaha ahm.
Edit : gretsch always have been a hit and miss kinda company.
Not true. Some of the most amazing drums I've ever played/heard were Gretsch. I have also heard bad ones, but if you get some good ones, you're golden.