- Sep 14, 2017
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- Ohio Valley
I have a 5.5 x 14 Pearl Limited Edition that is just a killer. It prefers a higher tuning but it sounds like a rifle shot. Paid $60 for it.
The vintage Pearl COB gets my vote as well. I actually really like the parallel strainer "Jupiter" models myself though. Replacement wires can be a bit hard to find, but I LOVE the adjustability/versatility.70s Pearl COB snares with the simple Non-Jupiter Gladstone strainer (non-parallel type). Both the 5x14 and the 6.5x14 models feature super heavy weight brass shells with seams and they just have something very special about the sound they produce. They are much heavier than their counterparts from other companies. Less honk than a Ludwig COB, more crack with LOTS of body. I like them with Remo CS Coated Reverse Dot batter heads and Remo Hazy Ambassador Snare side heads and Canopus Vintage wires (both chrome plated and non-chrome plated wires are great...the non-chrome plated wires are a little drier sounding). They are particularly great if you swap out the batter stock hoop with a die cast hoop too or swap both hoops for brass hoops.
Anyway, I know that some drummers are aware that the 5x14 model was the infamous Stewart Copeland snare used on all of the albums from Zenyatta Mondatta onward. It's a noticeable change in tone and crack from the first two albums. His drum has a Gretsch Die Cast hoop swapped out for the batter side. It's a special drum.
Anyway, they used to be very cheap until recently, but you can still find a nice one that will play beautifully for $250-$300, which is pretty cheap these days considering the prices on everything else. I had 5 of them at one time, but I sold off a couple recently, one to Ted Nugent's drummer who is local to me. He loved the one with the plating stripped down to the raw brass. It sounded amazing, even with these raggedy old Remo Heads and 42 strand generic snare wires. It sounded stupid great.
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I think @FloydZKing has or had a set.Anyone remember when these were being auctioned on Ebay a few years back?
Not a bad sounding drum.
They benefitted from different heads.
Any ever play a full set of Ming/Mair?
Why? I’ve never played one.
Light weight, open sound. It’s a very specific, satisfying sound.Why? I’ve never played one.
These used to be found for $100-125 commonly, but today not so much.
The old Slingerland 6-luggers from their Stage Band kits were absolutely fantastic!
Six luggers get my vote. WFL 6-lug 'Supreme Concert' snares are one of my favorites - especially the 6.5x14's. Just playing around the other day, I took off the batter head (coated Amb) on one of them and replaced it with a coated Emperor X - holy moly.
My aluminum Standard - 1970 IIRC - you have to pull that thing out of my cold dead hands. My favorite all purpose always sounds awesome snare. Good choice.Ludwig Standard Aluminum....and plus one on the aluminum Slingerlands...I feel like those shells don't flavor the sound...its all head and snare wire...