What's your favorite snare drum?

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Snare harems are real! Their reason for being is that we don’t have to pick a favorite. It could be a stack of 3 snares or 53, but it means the favorite thing is having the choice among them instead of just one.

Same with cymbals and drum kits. People here often have a collection for a reason.
Amen!! It's like asking me to pick my favorite child! Recently we had a thread asking what snare was seeing the most stand time recently and that is a very different answer. It does not mean it's my all time favorite, but what was fitting the current needs best. Though I admire guys that can say "this one snare is all I will ever need". I don't doubt they are correct, but I like a little more variety than that for myself.
 

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I could short list it to ten if you pressed me, and I could assign MVP awards (most versatile, funkiest pop, gooshiest slap...), but that would be like asking me what my favorite fishing lure is. Which species? What season is it? What type of water body? Time of day? Water clarity? On and on...
What genre, venue, band leader, heads, etc.?
I just can't do it. Impossible.

(FYI: if I were to award an Acrolite Versatility Award to a single fishing lure for all-season use in Texas, it would be the Boogle Bug Pearly White Amnesia Bug. I've even caught a small striped bass on one at night.)
 
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5x14 Ludwig classic maple. Also recently picked up the 5.5x14 Gretsch Brooklyn standard and really like it.
 

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Snare harems are real! Their reason for being is that we don’t have to pick a favorite. It could be a stack of 3 snares or 53, but it means the favorite thing is having the choice among them instead of just one.

Same with cymbals and drum kits. People here often have a collection for a reason.
You are so right.
I prefer Fibes with the SFT 690
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Slingerland Radio King 1930's to early 1950's. Even if you don't play it....it's the most "fun" to look at.
Ludwig Supraphonic 1960's
 
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I couldn't pick a favorite, but I have gotten so used to a 13 inch that 14 now feels uncomfortable. I have five 13 inch snares I rotate.

TAMA Starclassic 13x7 bubinga - Maybe my favorite because it was my first 13 inch. Dale's Drum Shop 25th Anniversary (only 25 made)



Carolina Drumworks 13x6 steam bent bubinga - The name says it all. This is just a fantastic drum.



SAKAE 13x6 maple - The one I am currently using and absolutely love it. I really like the basic simple snare throw off.



DW 13x5 maple - Least used. I haven't gotten around to eliminating the annoying, enormous brick of a snare throw off. It's a great drum, just needs some fine tuning.




TAMA Starclassic 13x6 bubinga - (no photo) - Really nice snare drum I picked up cheap on eBay a few years back.
 

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I’ve been sticking with my 5x14 70s Supraphonic (COA) and my 6.5x14 curly maple Summit Drums solid shell as of late.
 

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My favorite has to go to my custom Pork Pie Steambent Solid East Indian Rosewood with rosewood rings. Cask did the shell, and Bill did the rest.

It's saved for the bigger gigs, but it's just an amazing drum. The completely different shell took me a bit to get dialed in

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This classic maple 6.5 with an internal muffler is probably my favorite right now, although bandmates over the years have expressed delight with the Acrolite pictured below it, so that’s the one that has gotten the most play.
Sometimes you just have to give the people what they want.

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I too don’t think I can pick just one. One of these guys, depending on the style, venue, song etc.

1) N&C 14x7 steambent Madagascar Rosewood
2) Cask 14x6.5 steambent East Indian Rosewood
3) Savage Custom Drums Tama 1980 bell brass replica (3mm Duluth shell with Tama Mastercraft hardware)
4) Nebe drums 14x7.25 cast bronze with solid bronze oversized hex lugs, cast bronze hoops, 3 mm body of shell with 5mm re-rings.

5) Canopus 14x6.5 Zelkova (hollowed out completely solid shell)

6) Savage Custom Drums 14x8 Ocheltree replica (built to same specs).

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