Next snare purchase - need suggestions.

Christian C.

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I have a serious case of G.A.S, and the only cure is another snare drum! :headbang:
But seriously, I'm looking for suggestions for my next snare purchase. Here's what I own currently:
5x14 Ludwig Supra (70s)
6.5x14 Ludwig Supra (Modern)
6.5x14 Tama Dynamic Kapur

The size I'm looking for is 5x14 or 5.5x14. I'm thinking something along the lines of a brighter wood snare drum, like birch or maple. Conversley, If I went with a metal snare, I'm thinking the darker sound of bronze would be a good fit. My preferred brands are Ludwig, Tama, Pork Pie, and Yamaha, although I'll consider any brand. I'd like to keep the price under $500. Thoughts?
 

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If you can find a 5.5x14 five ply slingerland you wont be disapointed. Any wood slingerland drum has a great sound but the five ply’s are underated and therefore a bargain.
 

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If you don't already have a Tama Starclassic Maple snare drum, you need one.
Best snare out there, imo. I have three of them.
It has a nice throaty mid range that most other maple snares do not have.
Die cast hoops, snare adjustment on both sides, stay-lock tension washers, very nice shells and finish options.
 

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DW 10&6 5.5x14 maple is a great drum with an iconic crack that you’ve probably heard on tons of records. That would be my vote. Heck, my only 2 snares are a 6.5x14 Black Beauty and a 5.5x14 DW 10&6. They cover all the bases!
 

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I would suggest finding a recording of a particular snare drum sound/artist that you like then hone in on the brand. I.E. Bonham- 402. Charlie- DW. Ringo- jfest. Vinnie - Gretsch and so on down the line. Or just join the club and buy a new snare drum every month!
 

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After hearing and playing Inde in person, I’d go with their snares all day. Almost all are under 500 and sound amazing.

Steve
 

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I also have this in birch. This matches your size requirement, as well. This won't break the bank either. Less than $200.00, shipped.


 

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You can get a NEW Black Magic NOB in that 5X14 size for less than $400.........the Taiwan version of the Black Beauty.
Tube lugs and cast hoops -- I bought the 7X13 -- very versatile and it rocks !
Because I had credits and discounts, I ordered mine through MF and it showed up shipped in the factory packaging perfectly pristine.
 

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Try a Pearl Free Floater with a maple shell . You can experiment with different shell types afterwards - acrylic, metal, fiberglass etc .
 

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My first instinct is always to recommend Gretsch (and I do!), but judging by your collection I'd say you should find a Ludwig Classic Maple 14x5. They're under $500 even before discounts, but deciding on a finish is the hard part...
 

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Or the Dynamic Bronze if you can find one.


I'd highly recommend this. Yamaha really does something special with oak.
 

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Update! I've had my eye on this one, and I decided to pull the trigger. I adore that mahogany veneer.
 
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