Part of me thinks I should have bought a 14x8 Ludwig Supralite instead but I just have a hard time finding readily available taiwan drums interestingI owned one when I bought an entire Swingstar set for $299 @GC.
You're better off buying a 10 lug Yamaha stage custom steel when they're on sale at GC for $99 bucks..
I assume the budget ludwigs are either taiwan or prc. The old tama that is on its way is japan. If I don’t like it I need to add a snare to a kit I’m giving away anyway. Was planning to give a wood Slingerland I never bonded with but time will tell. I’m optimistic about the tama for what I want it forProbably from the same factory.
Any head/snare wire choices you can either recommend or have found don’t work well on them?i have seven (or eight) of these steel snares, and as long as you have a black "T" badge, you're good
the earlier red "T" badge versions of these snares are oversized, meaning heads have to be pried on and off with a mallet.... they rimshot okay, but are very dead and lifeless otherwise, IMO
my red badgers have all become parts donors
Just got home to find the drum waiting for me and getting right to experimentation. Came with a fairly recent emperor x on it which is a little too controlled.for the black badges, any thing you want... seriously, they're versatile enough that almost anything works; coated, dot, two-ply, 12-mil with 2,3 or 5-mil bottom with any wires all give different flavors
combine with diecast or triple flange hoops, and its just a matter of settling on what you prefer
i tried the same combos with the red badge-rs in the hope that something would save them, but nothing did, so their bits go on some stave shells that i made
I’m not knocking the drum at all. Its a surprisingly nice versatile snare. I was expecting a brash harsh drum with ringy overtones that might sound cool beaten hard with heavy heads. I got a reasonably focused nice sounding snare drum. I’m pretty impressed actually, I just have to try head and hoop combinations to see if its right for my intended purpose. I can definitely see why its a drum you recommend for good rock snare on a budgetThe Supra and the Acro cover a whole lot of territory. The Swingstar can cover most of the same territory with a minimum of fuss, for a lot less money. You can take a Swingstar to the big leagues and it won't let you down. But few people would argue that it can do something that a Ludwig can't handle. The whole point of the Swingstar is its utility and value for the price. It's not anyone's top choice to handle some unique niche.
I didn’t pick this one up as an investment piece, and thats probably a good thing. Mostly a relatively cheap experiment at finding a monster rock snare without spending a whole lot. Instead I got a nice articulate versatile snare with little resale value so I’m not too disappointed. Its looking like we might be getting a run of overtime soon that will let me pick up a Ludwig Coliseum or Premier Heavy 9 or something else that was designed to be obnoxious in the near future so all is wellI always thought the Swingstar shells were slightly lighter. At least they felt that way compared to the other 80's lines of COS Imperialstar snare drums. I had a red badge 80's Swingstar the past 2 years and just couldn't get anything decent for
that drum. Every time I tried to include it in an 80's Tama kit, the buyers never wanted it. And it sounded pretty dead too with minimal resonance. I finally "ditched" it for $20 to a guy who just needed something to bang on
while deciding what "real" snare he was eventually going to settle on. I paid $15 just to put the missing muffler assembly back on that drum....lol. Never again.