SOLD: Castle Keystone Snare

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I like this drum but need some money. Purchased from DFO user bongomania in 2018 (original thread here: https://www.drumforum.org/threads/sold-several-snares.151604/

Asking $250 $220 $200 plus shipping from 14522 (Rochester NY). Locals are welcome to try it and skip the shipping cost.

Top is an Ambassador vintage coated, bottom is Evans 300, snare is Puresound 20 wire.
Castle Drum Co red birch stave 6.5x13x14. 14" head on top, 13" on the bottom. When I bought it the description read, "SUPER crisp bright sound, wide dynamic range, reminds me a bit of the Brady sound."
Another older listing said:
"They give you the feel and tuning range of a 14″ snare, with the crack and pop of a 13″. These drums have a natural ability to cut though any mix with astounding projection. The stick response on these drums is incredibly snappy. Testing has shown an average increase of twenty percent in resonant head deflection, as well as an increase of three decibels off the resonant head. This translates into hyper sensitive snare response, even when played in the very low dynamic ranges. The wood staves these drums are constructed from are hand picked for grain and tonal quality. The joints are fine tuned by hand and glued up at the proper angle for the depth drum desired. The shells are then machined to a consistent thickness, double 45 degree bearing edges and snare beds are cut and fine tuned. The interiors of the shells get several applications of tung oil. This protects the wood without interfering with it’s natural tone. Exteriors get several coats of lacquer. This is then buffed out to a mirror like finish, or rubbed out to a beautiful satin finish."
And:
Die cast hoops, virtually new drum.
This drum is so unique, and has a huge crack, very sensitive snare response at low volume,
the feel and tuning range of a 14" and the crack and pop of a13" Beautiful satin finish.
45 degree bearing edges 13"resonant head ,14"batter. This is a killer, collectible, amazing sounding drum
 
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And here's a video with a drum set from church this morning. Jump to ~43:00. Only mic is the overhead (and bass drum mic). To me, it sounds like a snare drum.
Sticks are ProMark maple "Jazz Café"
 

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Here's some pictures I took today. Two things to point out. First, one of the lugs is mismatched, using a nylon instead of metal washer. I dug around in all my stuff and couldn't find a spare metal washer. Second, I noticed a crack in the shell. I don't know if it has been there since I got the drum, or if it's new. See pictures. Lowering price to $220.
 

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Rest of pictures. Crack was hidden by the snare, which is pushed aside here.
 

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Packaged it up today. Box is 11 pounds, 14 ounces, 19x19x12", shipping from 14522
 


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