The best "heavy" metal snare drums, as compiled by DCP

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I was surprised by the Gretsch solid steel. Brass and bronze are discussed a lot, but that one is right there with them.
 

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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.
 

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Ludwig doesn't offer any "heavy" snares. Notice that all of these are at least 3mm thick and weigh ~15 or 20 lbs.
 

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The Tama JT and Canopus ones sounded fantastic both full mix and room.
 

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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!
 

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I was surprised by the Gretsch solid steel. Brass and bronze are discussed a lot, but that one is right there with them.
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.
 

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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!
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.
 

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The N&C in there is an interesting choice, I have a 4.75" one and wouldn't consider it a "heavy" snare drum. It's heavy for its size, but not like a 3mm thick brass or steel shell. It definitely had the least OOMPH out of any of the snares in the video too. I love my N&C, but there's something to really be said about a super thick brass or steel shell.
 

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Sound great unaccompanied but those tasty tones have a habit of disappearing when the band starts . In the studio, OK . or on a video like the one we just saw .

I'm surprised the Pearl reference steel or brass wasn't featured . Those are monsters .

I too am I believer in the seamless TAMA Kingbeat . I have a 6 1/2 with a Yamaha wood hoop on the batter with a coated Ludwig ' medium ' .
 

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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.
Yeah, they're talking "heavy" in terms of weight, not in terms of application. These are all back-breakers. I love them.

EDIT: oops, my bad, I replied before reading the thread. Sorry to pile on/explain what didn't call for further explanation.
 
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I love the Premier Deep Rock 9 . Its brass and cuts through everything on stage . Even the guitar player that cant leave his volume knob alone . Lol its a beast .
 

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I love the Premier Deep Rock 9 . Its brass and cuts through everything on stage . Even the guitar player that cant leave his volume knob alone . Lol its a beast .
Im apologies guys i didnt read it correctly
 

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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.
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.
 

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I like the gretsch bell brass, but much prefer the full range model.

I've got a 6mm Drumcraft bell brass now. Apparently the same shell as the sonor cast bronze, but I'm not sure how accurate that is
 


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