I think you might be onto something there, Rick. No issues with the nickel plating on my Bronze Beauty. If anything, it's an even deeper black finish than on my brass BBs. Perhaps it was a wise move on their part to use black nickel instead of clear lacquer for the remaining shells.Really ? What about the Bronze Black snares they just introduced last year ? Maybe that was a way to use up their bronze shell stock ?
Looks indeed like something's wrong with the rubber! I removed those grommets right away (not a lacquered shell though in my case).I wonder if it might have something to do with a plating/lacquering issue on some of the newer ones. I have two modern 5x14's, one smooth, one hammered. You can see a sort of ghosting issue around one of the Imperial lugs on the smooth shell, and I notice a similar issue around the rubber tube lug gaskets on the hammered. Very subtle in person, but it's there. I suspect it's a reaction to the rubber gaskets. It reminds me of the reaction my Sonor SQ1 Cruiser Blue finish had because of the rubber gaskets on the mounts.
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Wow......glad I have my arsenal.........Hey Ludwig, big mistake, HUGE.......
And I note that in 2021 part of their "new lineup" is copper and brass 10 lug Acro's????? Or as they are otherwise known, Supra's with bow tie lugs! ???????
I'm sure their reasons are more economic than musical. It just seems that copper has been the hip new metal for snares for awhile now, and they're doubling down with the new copper acro in addition to the copperphonic. They're either ceding bronze snares to the other companies, or we will soon see the bronze acro and/or Bronze Magic.Maybe. But Copper sound is not as warm as bronze. It’s nice but different.