I bought the Aluminum 5.5" and swapped the stock snares out for the included ten strand twisted set. This is one seriously versatile snare drum. I have used this snare now with a 21 piece Big Band and an amplified Classic Rock Band and it worked well with both. Crisp and articulate enough for brush work and does the fat backbeat when tuned down a bit . Darn these weigh so little it still surprises me every time I lift them up.