Even the Pearl welded steel snares from this time period are great. I have a 5x14 that is amazing. It has a lot of character.I'll go one step further...consider a Vintage Pearl COB snare drum from the 70s-early 80s. They are heavy weight 1.5mm shells and come in either the 5x14 or 6.5x14 size. The 6.5x14 size is just a killer, throaty beast of a drum that is hard to beat sonically at any price. Of course, the 5x14 size is the "Stewart Copeland" drum (add a die cast hoop on top). These drums can be had for much less, they look really cool (heavy chrome plating) and they sound fantastic. I saw one guy that replaced the vintage boxy Pearl Lugs and put tube lugs on his and he said that it really opened up the sound even more. I like my Vintage Pearl COB snare drums much more than a Black Beauty or Pearl Brass Sensitone these days. I find the sound more interesting and complex. The only issue is that they are getting harder to find these days. I somehow ended up with 6-7 of them over the years and just recently sold a couple of them, both to the same guy. He loves them both!