mystery snare It's a Stingray FG shell

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I bought a 5 x 14 snare drum today, a Grover, which has a 6mm thick shell with at least a dozen layers of CF weave. The thickness, the layers and the bearing edges scream ROCKET SHELLS! If anyone ID's it as something else please chime in. Also love to hear from anyone who has experience with this type of shell. Surprisingly little turned up from my google search.

I wonder if Grover's use of Milestone / Tempus lugs was because they were made in North America. Grover sells primarily to schools and colleges which receive federal funds.

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Paul Hewitt, CEO of Rocket Shells says: " Not ours! This is a solid laminate which is most likely a combination of Fiberglass (not sure if there is carbon fiber or not) and black pigmented resin. Our shells were carbon fiber and epoxy with a sandwiched core material."

I'm checking with Paul Mason and Stingray.
 
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Grover is very responsive to questions. Like when they found out I was doctoring up my kid's snare, they were super helpful and even chatty.
 

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I bought a 5 x 14 snare drum today, a Grover, which has a 6mm thick shell with at least a dozen layers of CF weave. The thickness, the layers and the bearing edges scream ROCKET SHELLS! If anyone ID's it as something else please chime in. Also love to hear from anyone who has experience with this type of shell. Surprisingly little turned up from my google search.

I wonder if Grover's use of Milestone / Tempus lugs was because they were made in North America. Grover sells primarily to schools and colleges which receive federal funds.

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Beautiful drum! How does it sound? Where did you find it?
 

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Got it from a forum member with a shared interest in Tempus. I may move the lugs to a Tempus snare drum shell that I got from Paul Mason, which was part of my reason for buying this.

It desperately needs new heads. I'll put some on today and give it a proper trial. It sounded good playing it briefly before taking the head off even though I've never had a snare drum at such low tension. I took that as an indication of how precise the bearing edges are. I was on the run all day yesterday but should get the chance to spend more time with it today.
 

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I like it at a medium low tuning. It has a woody thump and pretty good definition. I'll have to put it up against my 10 ply maple Gretsch with wooden hoops which is my previous low tuned champion.
 

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So, a stingray shell, Tempus hardware and a Grover badge. I would say that it is a mutt.
 

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Tempus never actually made their own lugs. Paul Mason bought only the shell making operation. Milestone continued to make hardware which Tempus, Grover and presumably others bought so, not much more of a mutt than a specialty Gretsch or Ludwig or Pearl snare with hardware from Taiwan and shells from a third party specialist.

Regardless, it's a very nice drum.
 

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Nice drum! When I was in grad school, we had one, great and unique sound. I think Neil started using those in the early to mid 90’s.
If you call Grover, and Neil answers, he is nice and a wealth of information. I recently purchased some of his wires and had some questions about the “clips”, which he spent about 20 minutes of his time to explain the reasoning behind the designs. Told me if I wasn’t happy, send them back for different ones or a refund. I kept them and I am beyond pleased.
Did yours come with wires? They should be the early version non-coiled ones.
 

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No, I was disappointed that the Grover wires were gone, replaced with a Puresound Blaster. I haven't tried them and was hoping to do so.

It's a great sounding snare, but I have so many great sounding snare drums I need to sell at least half... eight?, ten? I'm going to have to figure out which ones to keep. It's possible that this one will move along after I replace the Tempus style lugs with tube lugs.
 


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