I bought a Tama Bell Brass in 1980. It was conned/stolen from me in 2016 in South Bend, IN. Best snare I ever played. Congratulations, very fine drumToday I was fortunate (and lucky), to have added a second 1980 Tama bell brass snare to my snare collection. First year made in which the raw brass shell was not laquered (protected/sealed), making every one of these very different looking. A BB residing in the mid-west will look different than one residing on the west coast where the air is damp with salt from the ocean.
I purchased the second one from a gentleman with a great collection of snares he has used over the years in his recording studio. I plan on having both of these up and running soon (new heads/tuning). If any of you are ever in Las Vegas and would to take a few whacks at these, you are more than welcome. I like hanging out and talking drums.
Have a great weekend