Did/Does Joyful Noise make one?
This is my Holy Grail piccolo snare: a custom built Joyful Noise 4" X 14" Black Nickel plated Luminary shell. It is absolutely amazing!
There is a long story about this but I'll give you the Reader's Digest version. I won a Luminary snare drum after submitting a review of auditioning
a TKO snare drum. Curt Waltrip contacted me and said I could spec out a Luminary so with little forethought I blurted out how I would love a Black Nickel
Luminary 4" X 14". Curt graciously accepted the challenge and despite several hurdles delivered this beauty. Because of all the trouble I caused Curt with
this project I recommended he name it Monkey Wrench, but he wisely chose to call it Patience: #1 of one. This one is going to my grave with me.
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if this size verifies as a piccolo, I agree!Premier Wood 4x14 Royal Ace!
Not 100% sure if there is a definitive answer to that question, but I think in a lot of people's mind, it might be a Ludwig Downbeat snare drum with a transition badge in a rare finish.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 sawhat is "THE" drum or drums that define this world???
I remember those.I once had a 13" piccolo snare drum that was made by a company offshoot of DW
(if I remember correctly, Dixon?)... I sold it dirt-cheap back in the late 90s, and I regret selling it. That snare had THE crack sound and volume I had always wanted from such a snare.
I'm not on a hunt for any holy grail piccolo snare... any wood or steel pic snare that's a 13" x 5 or shallower is fine by me.
I'm currently playing a 13"x5" cute little Sound Percussion snare that is a wood shell wrapped in glossy black. I kept its stock reso head which sounds nice cranked up high; and for the batter I'm using a Remo Emperor coated batter head.
The Emperor has a deep sound, I have it cranked high but it still sounds deeply low frequency for a pic-sized snare drum.
I think I'll try a Remo Ambassador batter, or a Remo CS blackdot batter, as long as I can crank it to high pitches without breaking it. I enjoy the full bodiness of a wood shell, but I want my pic snare to sound high and dry...
Eventually, I would like to try one of those steel shell pic snare drums such as the Pearl M80.
That's exactly why I had that Dixon snare in the first place, because the turret lugs lead me to believe Dixon was a "junior" to DW (like Epiphone is to Gibson, Squire to Fender).I remember those.
Yes, you're right, it was a Dixon snare drum, but they had nothing to do with DW.
Not sure how they got away with the similar turret lugs, but yes, a lot of kids got those because they saw them as a "cheap DW", because of the look.
Sold through St. Louis Music, they went new for $79.95.
I heard the edges were pretty wavy on most, but they actually tuned up and sounded pretty nice, considering they were a 13x3.5.
Now I'm seeing that the Dixon piccolo snare drum is sought by collectors.
I don't see anything special about it but it's beautiful glossy natural wood finish,
and its particular crack sound and volume. That snare sure had a nice loud crack that cut through everything.