- Jul 1, 2020
- Reaction score
- Melbourne, Australia
It isn't a fetish for new. As others have noted, the 2nd hand market is very lacking here, and I'm taking a big risk and incurring heavy shipping charges if I buy used from overseas.900 bucks will get you a Slingerland COB 6.5, shipped to Aus, and with prob $400 to spare! There are other great COB snare drums, so investing that much into a new one with chinese hardware isnt worthwhile in my opinion. Even an early Ludwig 2pc brass shell snare drum can be found for around $500. I just dont understand the desire by so many to have NEW...old snare drums are around for a reason, as in they are quality produced instruments. If you are environmentally conscious, consider buying used/vintage gear as a recycling effort also.
With respect, having compared Mapex and Gretsch hardware up close and personal I don't think "Chinese hardware" is any kind of insult.
As for single piece vs 2pc/welded (if that is the distinction you're drawing) I made a call based on what my ears told me.