I have a few snares (none really high end/expensive though) and one of them is a wood Ludwig Standard, which is by far my favorite. I agree that there certainly are differences between drums, but at the same time I think that tuning and the way that they're played is far more important to the sound than the amount of money that spent. I do think it's worth it to spend enough to get a level of quality which is good enough to inspire you to play the thing. Really high end stuff though, at least in terms of drums, I see as a less wise investment. Cheap drums might sound cheap, but I've heard great players play both mid-line and very high end gear and I didn't really have a preference...Thanks! Agreed about this site. I have two snares. One is a late 60s Ludwig Standard maple snare that I got with my current kit. The other is a 1967 Supraphonic. Both are 5.5 x 14 and came with the original (or at least older) Ludwig plastic-end wires that sound great, but are a little bent. I put some generic wires on the Standard, and it sounds really good, but wonder how it would sound with Puresounds, Canopus, etc. The Surpa I completely restored. Still has a "used" look but sounds great. Looking into exploring a brass snare and/or a 6.5x14 of any kind, but don't have my sights on anything in particular. I also just bought $900 worth of cymbals, so the extra snare might have to wait a little while, ha.