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Let's See Those Brass Snare Drums! (now updated with totals by brand... so far!)

Bri6366

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Yamaha Recording Custom 14x6.5 snare. I really enjoy playing this drum. Back in the late 90s, I had a Pearl Piccolo Free Floating snare. That was a cool drum as well.
 

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Here are a few I haven't seen posted yet. The first picture has a couple LA Camco COB 10 luggers (a 5" and a 6.5"). These are two of my go-to drums.

Second picture has some British 1930s brass drums. Left to right: a COB Beverley Dual; a COB Carlton King with dual snares; a COB John Grey Autocrat dual; a NOB Ajax New Century; and an early 30s NOB Premier. The Ajax and the Premier are earlier drums with more generic nutbox lugs and with brass hoops (the later drums have nice deco lugs and cast hoops). The Ajax and the Premier are models with single snare mechanisms, and are both good players, even with the original wound wire over silk snare wires.
 

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Black brass Pearl Sensitone Elite 14x6.5 is no slouch. Yes it is the reissue generation; but with superhoops, good heads and wires, it is a great sounding drum and built like a brass poophouse. I got this almost-never-played model a few months ago for cheap, cheap, cheap. It is a great drum.

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And let’s not forget a great brass snare for well-engineered concert halls, the Pearl Philharmonic PHB1450 (here in black brass). This is the 14x5 version and if anyone thinks they need the larger 14x6.5 for Carnegie Hall, they need to get their hearing aid batteries replaced. Fitted with Remo Diplomat batter and snareside heads, nothing produces the crack you need to cut through a full orchestra at levels from ppp to fff better than this. And the Triad Strainer snare system has three sets of snare wires (coated snares, flat snares and uncoated stainless snares) that can be adjusted separately. The entire snare assembly can be replaced in under 1 minute by unscrewing the thumb tension knobs on the throw and the butt. This is my backup model, the original tag is still on it! These are selling now for more than $800 but out-preform even at that price.

Edited to add: Just checked the price of a set of replacement snares for the Philharmonic Series; more than $200! Whew … And corrected the model number to 1450.

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I have a rare one which I bought out of curiosity and thought I would see if I could do anything with it. I couldn't. It's a solid brass Indian made marching snare with belt hook as seen. The tuning is from reso side only with those large wing nuts ....no strainer but just a couple of knobs either side to tie something to....
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I see promise here. Does it fit modern heads? Can you crank it into timbale territory?
 


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