New Bonham snare vs Vintage Bonham snare

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Monroe big gold badge ? Those are good drums
I love the big badge. Probably also doesn't hurt that I saw a YT video where someone dialed in an Alex Van Halen sound perfectly with one. That video is long gone, sadly.

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I love the big badge. Probably also doesn't hurt that I saw a YT video where someone dialed in an Alex Van Halen sound perfectly with one. That video is long gone, sadly.

Dan
Yup. If I were the original poster I'd look for one of those. Won't pay top 70's dollar but still classic Made in America sound..
 

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I had a new(er) one and couldn’t get it to tune up right. I hear they are prone to splay issues.
 

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Take into consideration that when Bonham was playing his 402 it was relatively new.

I have compared a 70´s 402 to a new one side by side and personally I liked the new one better. It was livelier and sounded more fresh somehow. More crunch and pop.
 

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My '65 6.5x14 is different than my 70's B/O. My '65 has a "normal" set up - coated amb. My B/O is a Bonham setup and tuned accordingly. I honestly could not say whether they sound similar as the B/O only has one purpose for me.......my 80's and 90's are all bronze Supras and/or BB's......my '00 BB is brass. I had a '00 decade 5x14 and it sounded similar to vintage but lacked mojo....
What is the Bonham setup?
 

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Coated emperor top, clear diplomat (thin) snare side and 42 strand wires. It gets me as close as I can get......
I had the late 90s chrome brass edition with tube lugs. Great sound but shoddy workmanship. Dented bottom bearing edge on one & warped hoop or bent hoop on the replacement. I got a Dunnett SS Classic. I run the same thing as Bonzo I guess except for I used Aquarian Texture coated super thin on top. I tried an emp before. I like the drum's feel better with the thinner top head. I've been running dip snare side and 42 strand for years. Never knew Bonzo used that. I knew AVH used wide snares but different top & bottom heads I think.
 

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I had the late 90s chrome brass edition with tube lugs. I like the drum's feel better with the thinner top head.
Bonzo used a COA, not COB, to my knowledge, at least in the 70's B/O models. The COB would give some overtones that the drier aluminum would not have. On snares, I prefer ambassador heads (mediums) on top and emperor's on my metal snares. I think it adds fatness and also helps control the tone (but mine has a muffler, too).
 

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He used 402's but I read he also used a c.o.b. with tube lugs early on. I love the 402's I have played. When I was spending money I wanted a black beauty sound but chrome with tube lugs. I figured if a 402 was 400.00 & the b.e. was 450.00 back then, give me the brass. It didn't work out but I kinda want one again.
 

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Y’all getting worked up about that Emperor batter. Seems to me Bonham would have used the vintage one, the new reissue.
 


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