When I first saw the title, I also though music genre, but I thought it was a cool comparison. Heavy gauge metal shells lend a very different sound - I love my Ludwig Supra and Dunnett Raw Steel, but they don't have the complexity, sensitivity, depth and projection of my Steel Keplinger. That said, I'm not surprised to see the Gretsch Steel sound as good as the others. A lot of jazz and symphonic players have used these kinds of drums, they're not just loud, they work in any environment.Interesting mix of words - I took "heavy metal" to mean snares for loud hard rock music.
I guess rereading this, heavy metal means heavy snares made of metal that can weight as much as (??) a heavy bell brass snare........that is a much less interesting proposition, and a silly comparison IMO......
I used to have a Pearl Tico Torres (who??? exactly - the Bon Jovi drummer!) free floater 3mm seamless aluminum snare. Super loud and extremely heavy - definitely not a jazz drum. My "heaviest" now is a Dunnett raw patina bronze 6.5x14 - just a fantastic drum - not necessarily for heavy metal, but extremely sensitive and lovely for jazz!
Yeah, they're talking "heavy" in terms of weight, not in terms of application. These are all back-breakers. I love them.No 6.5" Supra? And 3 Gretsch? As much as I love Gretsch, that's not my choice for a "go to" heavy metal snare.........interesting.
I have owned both the 6.5 and 5 versions for over 10 years. Killer drums that hold their ground against almost anything out there. The feel of these drums is also pretty extraordinary. Lots of body and cut.I was too. I wasn't even aware it existed before this video. It has a very similar sound. And it's substantially cheaper, too.