I used a 5.5x14 Fibes fiberglass with standard wires with my Vistalite kit on the road from '73 through '77. I didn't even play one before I ordered it — I figured that if Buddy Rich liked it so much he would risk his endorsement deal with Slingerland by using a Fibes snare with his Slingerland kit, then it had to be a great drum, and it was. Sensitive all over the head, sounded great at all tunings (tho I had it tuned pretty high most of the time) and rimshots that cut like a 44-caliber gunshot. When I finally sold that whole rig in '82 the only thing I regretted letting go of was the Fibes snare drum.Fibes fiberglass with the orchestral snare wires.
The 6.5x14 Brady Jarrah-ply is a beast as wellThat 8x14 Brady Jarrah is an utter beast!!
Seriously, you need to let me over to hear it.The 6.5x14 Brady Jarrah-ply is a beast as well
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My current dream snare is the original N&C Zildjian snare, sans cracks . I already talked to Nick about restoring one, if I was fortunate enough to find one at a reasonable price.
An Ash SS or Tulip SS would fit your parametersHard to say. I thought the AK Black Beauty that was at Drum Center for a while was really nifty. Didn't get to play it. But I know that if I had it, I'd start to get irritated with myself for having $3K tied up in a snare drum I never play.
But really, picking one now, to add to my collection? I have to ask what sort of voice is missing in my present set of snares and tbh there isn't much I can't do with what I have. I might just talk to Nick at Noble and Cooley to ask what the warmest, darkest, most splatty sort of wood shell I could buy and then get it finished to match my red Absolute Hybrid Maples. I'd want it to sound different from my SS Classic Maple 7x14 but also from my Slingerland Artist and the AHM snare. Maybe a walnut or dark cherry drum with roundovers? Hard to say. Or maybe I'd get something like the old Yamaha Elvin Jones model or the Anton Fig-- something with plies and wood hoops. Or an Ayotte Keplinger, since that one is really quite distinct from everything I have now.
I’ve owned a few Brady’s; Jarrah ply, She-Oak block. Amazing drums.
I've been interested in trying one of these slp'sI’ve owned a few Brady’s; Jarrah ply, She-Oak block. Amazing drums.
Tama has a new 6.5x14” Spotted Gum snaredrum in their SLP series which sounds very Brady-ish, most likely because of the Australian hardwood. Dry, bright, huge low end/body and very sensitive. The price doesn’t break the bank.
But, a Brady is a Brady.