What's the Piccolo Snare Holy Grail?

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Wow. Some spectacular piccolos have been posted! OK, perhaps this less than $200 Ludwig 13x3 maple piccolo is not the holy grail…. but it could be. With good heads, wires and some loving care I suspect it handles the piccolo needs of many drummers out there.
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Is that a 6 ply shell?
Sounds a lot like mine, but I can tell there's something distinctly different with the sound.
....maybe I should pull mine out of moth balls and do a quick video.....

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Wow. Some spectacular piccolos have been posted! OK, perhaps this less than $200 Ludwig 13x3 maple piccolo is not the holy grail…. but it could be. With good heads, wires and some loving care I suspect it handles the piccolo needs of many drummers out there.



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these drums are sleepers. can be had for $100.
 

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Is that a 6 ply shell?
Sounds a lot like mine, but I can tell there's something distinctly different with the sound.
....maybe I should pull mine out of moth balls and do a quick video.....

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Yes this one is 6 ply. I believe there was an all maple model and a maple/poplar model. IIRC the maple/poplar model was sold with stand and set of bells for drum students. Both are excellent sounding piccolos! Strainer is a bit weak but otherwise, it’s a solid piccolo and easily tunable. Often available used and in great condition.
 
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I’m very much into the 14”x 6.5” snare size. I‘ve also got three 7” deep and one 8”. I’ve got a couple of beautiful 5.5” deep that don’t get played enough as I’m used to that bigger drum but…..
I have a Craviotto 14”x 4.25” birch snare. It’s an addictive drum to play. It’s bright, articulate and very
loud. . It really has an incredible feel to it. Tuned low it’s not out of place with any of my 6.5” deep snares.
 

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I'd say it's the Brady solid hollow tree 12x5
 

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I really like my 3 1/2 x 14 piccs.
The solid shell (hollow log not steam
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bent) From Croatia is my fave.
The Mapex was well under $100 new.
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I got a 3x13 piccolo kit from Precision back in the early 90s- i think I had just graduated from high school? Put it together and wrapped it myself(bowling ball oyster blue! I remember cutting my thumb pretty badly trimming the wrap). I was super into the piccolo sound back then but it has mostly sat on a shelf since about 95 due to an extreme piccolo allergy I developed... I've tried a couple times recently to get into the drum to no avail. But a few months back i got a 4x14 Summit in cherry and it can't come off the stand, I love it. I had a 5x13 years ago that i also loved, i guess there is something to the 3x13 size that just doesn't work for me...

here's my 4x14...
 

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if this size verifies as a piccolo, I agree!
I own two: a wooden small badge aquamarine sparkle, that, for decades, was used by a family as a decorative hanging table ceiling lamp holding 8 candles in its open lugs. the wrap was under a black paint, easy to remove.
The hoops luckily were still there, but only some parts of the double strainer. I installed a ludwig piccolo strainer, non drilling.
I own many vintage snares, ludwig, gretsch 3ply, but this drum is something else, from bigband to funk. with a calf head you get the twist and shout crack sound no problem.

Second is a COB Royal ace large badge, all original. a heavy shell, giving me one of the loudest fattest snare backbeats I know.
Love the Royal Ace, but the 2024 is pretty killer too

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Just delivered yesterday, a brand new 13x3.5 Summit drum piccolo I ordered in beech. Gary did a great job. I am really liking the sound of beech snares and this one is no different. It has a coated Ambassador batter, clear Ambassador snare side, a Canopus drum muffler, Gibraltor piccolo throw, and Grover Jazz Bright wires.

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