Snares that don't match the kit...

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I've got a Ludwig Classic Maple kit in black oyster. I have a supraphonic that looks good with it. I just picked up a phospohor bronze sensitone that sort of looks ok. Now I'm thinking about a Mapex Exterminator but it will really clash with the kit. Maybe I should have bought a black kit so everything goes with it... Ha.

How many of you care about if the snare matches the kit?
 

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I WANT the snare to stand out. I'm pretty OCD about getting things to match up, but I really like it when a good quality snare is making a statement visually as well as sonically.
 

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The sound of the snare & how it blends with the set are the most important considerations. Cosmetics are for people who are lacking in knowledge. Or who ordered incorrectly when the set was ordered/purchased.
 

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I have a handful of really cool snares that really don’t look good since I got my Champagne Sparkle kit more recently. It ultimately doesn’t matter, but I’m also not playing out.
 

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I’d been eyeing a shell to build a match for my Radio Kings. Was not gonna be cheap!
Wife pointed out she’s never seen me playing a matching snare. Why start now?
Stayed with my blue sparkle!
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I honestly can't stand when the snare matches. Makes it look like you put no thought into it, like you just bought a kit and that was it.
 

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Drummer Riddle:
So if another brand is being used for the snare

what drums are you playing

Soundwise
The snare's make? or the toms and bass..
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Drummer Riddle:
So if another brand is being used for the snare

what drums are you playing

Soundwise
The snare's make? or the toms and bass..
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accepting answers until Monday 4 pm est.
It's a good question. A drummer's sound is largely his snare, bass drum, and cymbals.
 

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The sound of the snare & how it blends with the set are the most important considerations. Cosmetics are for people who are lacking in knowledge. Or who ordered incorrectly when the set was ordered/purchased.
Matching snares are more than a match in looks, usually they’re a match or quite similar in material and construction, consequently a sonic match, too. One ought to be able to get a matching snare to blend well with the rest of the set.
 

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I buy drum sets to match my snares. I liked the Rogers Dyna-sonic, so I bought a matching WMP Holiday set. I liked the Ludwig LS-401, so I bought a matching set of CMs.
 

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Matching snares are more than a match in looks, usually they’re a match or quite similar in material and construction, consequently a sonic match, too. One ought to be able to get a matching snare to blend well with the rest of the set.
Part of what made me feel like my new wood Dyna-Sonic was going to work will with my Ludwig Legacy Maples was that its shell construction (maple/poplar/maple with maple rings) is exactly the same (slightly steeper edges, I believe). I figured the Dyna would be a sonic match for the Ludwigs, and boy, is it ever! The Ludwigs and the Rogers sound like they were conceived and built with each other in mind, a perfect blend.

As a bonus, Rogers seems to be using the same WMP material that Ludwig is, so the finishes match perfectly as well. I couldn't be happier. :thumbup:
 

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Your drums your sound. Nothing wrong with a snare that doesn’t visually match, as long as you feel it sonically works.

I do not, however, like the name “Exterminator.” I just looked it up. Seems like an excellent drum, though Maybe call it something else. How about “Velvetone” or something?
 

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I don’t like matching snares at all. Like stated above, gives me the feeling the drummer gives no thought to the snare sound.
A matching snare (finish, wood, plies) doesn’t necessarily match the kit soundwise. Snaredrums tend to behave very differently from toms and bass drums.
 

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It doesnt matter what it looks like to me personally. If it sounds good, it sounds good, even if it is lime green with pink teddy bears . Ive sold the matching snares to kits in the past due to not liking the sound.
 

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I am fine with a matching snare but only if it's a great snare. The Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple is a great, incredibly versatile snare, so it gets a lot of stand time. I actually thought of buying it in natural or black so that there was some contrast.

There was one time that I sold a snare because of how it looked with my kits. My kits at the time were my gold sparkle broadkasters and a bright yellow DW Jazz Series bop kit. The offending snare was a terrific Noble & Cooley ash snare in red sparkle. Amazing drum, but every time I saw the snare with the kits I thought of McDonalds. Or worse: Tony Williams' last DW kit.
 


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