I was about to post about mine. I purchased this drum from legendary DFO contributor Tommy Wells before he passed away several years ago. My only negotiation with him was that he had to sign it for me. He laughed and said he would but it would probably make the drum worthless! A lot of folk on here now may not know of Tommy but he was a first-call studio drummer in Nashville and came out of Detroit in the early R&B years.I don't know about "grail" status, but if you ever get the chance to grab a Legend 14x4 phosphor bronze, take it. I like it better than the shallow Pearl or Yamaha brass snares I've played.
(Someone on DFO was selling a 14x6.5 version of this drum a few years ago, and it remains one of my great "non-purchase regrets.")
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That is the later seamed A version.
Funny how we take in music in random ways... Recently while shopping I've noticed a lot of songs with cranked up high pitched snares..piccolos I'm assuming... While these aren't my home base, I really love 4x14's..truly believe they're a magical size for snares... Having said this...I wonder for those who LOVE Piccolo Snares, what is "THE" drum or drums that define this world???
Oh! I thought all DG snares were all seamless. How can you tell the seamless from the seamed?That is the later seamed A version.
I had a two of the first gen seamless version (the same as the regular brass model pictured above).
I sold them as I found to be too much of a one trick pony.
I never heard of the lugs of the sd493 bending, but someone might have had that issue with a blue monday model.
All models sell for about the same prices anyway these days if you have some patience.
The regular brass is harder to find than the DG and 493 I noticed.
Right here my friend!!!Funny how we take in music in random ways... Recently while shopping I've noticed a lot of songs with cranked up high pitched snares..piccolos I'm assuming... While these aren't my home base, I really love 4x14's..truly believe they're a magical size for snares... Having said this...I wonder for those who LOVE Piccolo Snares, what is "THE" drum or drums that define this world???
Then there's the snare that wasn't supposed to sound like a Piccolo that does. When I bought my simple Sonor Safari it came with a so called 5x14 snare in 6ply poplar. Even with the stock import heads it was tight/snarky. I soon added an Ambassador coated and a 30 wire Puresound strainer. When I crank heads and snare it is as close to any of the Piccolos I hear on the videos here. I should state that with heads off the shell of mine is a hair less than 5in actually more like 4 3/4in. I have always been a fan of a deeper, bigger snare sound.It's been argued here in the past as to what size constitutes a true "piccolo" snare drum. If 14" is acceptable, then I would concur that the N&C 3.75x14 SS ("Phil Collins snare") is right there at the top. The 3.5x14 Pearl Free Floating brass or maple snare is also up there, along with older Yamaha 3.5x14 brass piccolos. For 13" snares, my choice would be a 3x13" Ludwig Classic Maple. I really like the sound of DW's carbon fiber Pi snare, but that's probably too new to qualify for the "Holy Grail" category.