View Full Version : Let's Talk Snare Drums

03-09-2003, 12:33 PM
What snare drum(s) do you use? What do you like about it(them)? I have a Pearl 4.5 x 14 Mirror Chrome Steel Snare. I like it's visual appeal and the overall sound is just cool. What about you?

03-09-2003, 12:36 PM
Sorry, I forgot to select multiple choice on the poll. :(

03-09-2003, 04:04 PM
I have a 5.5X14 brass Sensitone and a 3X13 maple piccolo. Both Pearl, and both sound great. I've been using the piccolo for almost all of my playing lately. I just love the sound I get from it. As for the Sensitone, I love the drum, and it has great applications, but I don't have any reason to use it right now. Maybe when I start recording again. But I'll tell you one thing: I'm not letting it out of my site! :)

03-09-2003, 07:17 PM
My Pearl 3x13 steel piccolo should be comming VIA ups tomorrow, (and it should come during my band rehersal, so were gunna try to get the UPS guy to watch us play a couple songs.:D :D )

I'm currently using a 1970's Pearl steel 14x5.5 snare drum, which is up for sale if anyone wants it.

03-10-2003, 09:06 AM
Pearl 6x14 MMX in Wine Red
Ayotte 4x14 Woodhoop in Transparent Aqua
Keplinger 5.5x14
Ayotte 6x12 with 10-o-6 shell
Pearl popcorn 6x10
Mapex 5x14 (soon to be traded hopefully)
Mapex Walnut 3.5x13 (should arrive soon)

03-12-2003, 09:22 PM
7x12, 30 Ply Maple ported OCDP (Black Serpentine wrap, Black Hardware)
7X14, 20 Ply Maple NON Ported OCDP Satin Ebony stain, Intense Blue hardware)
6.5X14 Pearl Brass free floater
5.5x14 Tama SC Performer Birch (Transparent Green, Chrome hardware)
6.5X14 Tama Bell Brass (Sold, leaving in about 2 weeks)
3.3x14 Tama Bronze
6.5x14 OCDP Bell brass (Coming in about 4 weeks)

03-12-2003, 09:46 PM
Post some pics of those babies slip!

03-13-2003, 07:54 PM
5.5x14 session custom. just traded my tama 3.5x14 for a set of hats. oh, and i got an aluminum 6.5x14 pearl.

David J
03-13-2003, 09:58 PM
5X14 Pearl Sensitone Classic II
5X14 Pearl Limited Edition Hand Hammered
4X14 Pearl Marvin "Smitty' Smith Copper
3.5 X14 Pearl Brass FFS
3.5 X14 Pearl Limited Edition Hand Hammered FFS
6.5 X14 Pearl Custom Classic
3 X 13 Pearl Black Steel Piccolo

6X14 Peavey Radial Bridge 1000
5X14 Gretsch Broadcaster
5.5X14 Remo Limited Edition Louie Bellson
3X13 Ludwig Piccolo Maple
8X14 Gretsch Maple
7X14 Noble & Cooley Classic SS

03-18-2003, 10:46 AM
Wow what a loser I am. Some of you guys have quite an arsenal. My meager snare collection:

5.5X14 Pearl ELX
3.5X13 Remo Mastertouch Piccolo

03-18-2003, 11:08 AM
Yamaha Akira Jimbo Signature 13x7 Beech w/maple hoops
14x5 Pearl Brass Free Floater
Sonor 14x8 Signature Bronze (ala Danny Carey)
Pearl 14x5.5 Steel shell (not cheapo real 20 lug drum)
Pearl MRX 14x5.5 midnight fade
13x5 Pearl Omar Hakim Signature

I really really want to ge a Dunnet Ti in 14x6 and a Tama Mike Portnoy Signature 14x5.5 maple snare. As well as make some of my own

03-18-2003, 09:36 PM
I only have three left :(

- Yamaha 4"x14" Peter Erskine birch (my current fav.)
- Pearl 4"x14" John Robinson maple
- Tama 6.5"x14" Pro-Custom copper (collecting dust since 1996)

03-19-2003, 04:41 PM
I like bronze snares a lot, and im saving up for a Jeff Ocheltree (so damn expensive though!). The snares i really like are

Jeff Ocheltree bronze snare
Yamaha Maple Absolute snare
Yamaha Birch Absolute Snare
Pearl BRX snare
OCDP 30-ply vented snare
All those snares are 14", and then I really like the Pearl 12" Popcorn snare, and a 13x3 brass piccolo snare I used to have but I forget who made it.

03-21-2003, 12:24 PM
i have

eric singer sig snare
tico torres sig snare
mmx 4 ply 14 x6,5 silver sparkle ltd edition
14x6,5 custom classic in piano black (solid maple snare)
and then my baby
14x6,5 custom classic in purple sparkle wrap finish

Custom Z
03-26-2003, 04:47 AM
Custom Z 14x8 8ply 10mm maple birdseye champage
Custom Z 14x6.5 8ply 10mm maple birdseye champage
Effex 12x7 8ply 10mm maple natural
Custom classic 14x6.5 1 ply 7.5mm maple Artic White
Selfmade 14x5 1 ply 12.5mm PVC

03-30-2003, 06:41 PM
I got a Gretsch 10 ply maple in natural maple finish.. 14 x 5.

03-30-2003, 10:21 PM
Hey all - I am new here...
this is my first post!

I have an old 9x14" wood TAMA superstar
- might be early '80s and I think its birch...?

I looked all over for a full sounding snare, I didn't really know what I was looking for, and didn't have any make in mind; I just tested many at several stores and judged by what I thought of the sound.
I ended up finding this one on a shelf among several used snares at a big music store in Toronto several yeas ago...
I hadn't seen anything like it as far as modern snares go.
I love the sound of it - and it is very clean and easy to tune with no dampening.

Can anyone give me a good link to info or an other thread with tuning info and techniques?
- I fully admit that I am self taught and may not be doing everything right...
I would like to know more about how to control ring and buzzing of the strainer...

04-11-2003, 11:42 AM
My current favorite is my new 14 X 3.5 Pearl Free Floating Copper Shell. It's very dry, but man does it crack!

I also have a Limited Edition 14 X 3.5 Pearl Free Floating Hammered Brass, a black 13 X 6 Ludwig Classic Power Piccolo, and a 14 X 5 Ludwig Black Beauty.

04-12-2003, 07:36 AM
i have an older continental yes it was cheap but ive frankenstiened it into having a great sound

04-13-2003, 01:33 PM
i got a basic yamaha power V special 14 x 5

04-13-2003, 05:22 PM
Current snares I own and use:

1. Ronn Dunnett 8x14 Titanium classic in electro-polish
2. 7x14 OCDP 20-ply vented, type III purple finish, black chrome
3. Noble & Cooley 7x14 SS (solid shell) black lacquer

Previously used but sold:

1. TAMA early 90's 8x14 Brass shell (wish now I'd kept it)
2. TAMA early 90's 9x14 (yes 9") Artwood maple 6-ply
3. Pearl 6.5x14 MMX maple custom in custom champagne lacquer
4. Pearl 8x14 maple FF (older model late 80s)
5. Pearl 70's vari-pitch snare (steel shell)
6. 60's E.W. Kent snare 5x14 6-lug red sparkle wrap
7. TAMA 80's 8x14 Superstar candy apple red (birch shell)
8. early 80's slingerland 10x14 maple snare

04-16-2003, 08:05 AM
Man, I tell you what. Women (who aren't drummers) do not comprehend the appreciation of having multiple snare drums in your arsenal, not my wife anyway. I tried using the comparison of like how many women have a closet full of shoes, maybe several pair that only get worn with that "certain outfit", while others are more versatile and can be interchanged between several outfits. She understood that, but came back with,"yeah, but I can buy a whole lot of shoes for the price of just one snare drum", which is correct, however, it's all about the sound you're going for. As of right now my snares are:

3x13 6-ply Pearl maple piccolo(great all around drum)
5.5x14 Pearl Bronze sensi-tone (very sweet)
6.5x14 Pearl steel shell w/CL-65 lugs(nice rock drum)

About the bronze snare, I just got it a couple of days ago at Music-Go-Round. It is in absolute pristine mint condition, original factory heads and everything on this baby, hardly any marks on the batter head at all, virtually flawless. I had to pry it out of this one dude's hands, who is a regular customer such as myself at this store, because when he saw it he was thinking the same thing I was and took it home on loan to try out on his kit before he bought it. The manager called the guy at home to see if he was goung to buy it or not and he was a bit hesitant about bringing it back, but he allowed me to purchase this nice drum. I actually traded some old gear for it so no out of pocket expense for me but the selling price was $139.00 . Sorry if I rambled a bit. Cheers!

04-16-2003, 08:11 AM
Originally posted by JEFFa.k.a.ANIMAL
Man, I tell you what. Women (who aren't drummers) do not comprehend the appreciation of having multiple snare drums in your arsenal, not my wife anyway. I tried using the comparison of like how many women have a closet full of shoes, maybe several pair that only get worn with that "certain outfit", while others are more versatile and can be interchanged between several outfits. She understood that, but came back with,"yeah, but I can buy a whole lot of shoes for the price of just one snare drum

..... My wife calls it a disease! :D

My wife has got sooooo use to me buying stuff and saying "This
is the last thing I'll ever need...", she just now says "Yeah Whatever!"

I saw a cute sign hanging up at a local Guitar Center drum shop.
Over the counter in BIG bold letters it read

"Your wife just called and said you can buy anything you want!" :D

04-16-2003, 08:20 AM
Man, that is so TRUE! When I'm at the drum shop for an extended period of time, which is usually every time I go, whenever the phone rings back in the drum dept. I say "if it's for me, tell my wife I've already left". She's never called there before, though. I've got a really nice setup right now and couldn't possibly need anything new......until..next week, or....day after tomorrow at least. You're right, it is a disease. What's it called, though?

04-16-2003, 08:34 AM
JEFFa.k.a.ANIMAL - Its like going into an auto store. You actually
go up and down the isles thinking you need everything :)

ps: like your signoff signature BTW! ;)

04-16-2003, 03:01 PM
i envy you guys, i dont care what you say. all you have to contend with is the wife when you are buying drums-i dont even have enough money in the first place:(

04-18-2003, 08:22 AM
5x13 pearl brass Sensitone
6x14 Tama Artwood- black lacquer
7x14 Tama Artwood red lacquer
7x14 Tama Superstar cherrywood stain
6x14 Tama Rosewood
4x14 Tama rosewood
2- 5x14 Tama Imperialstar Chrome
4x14 Bronze legend
3- 5.5x14 Slingerland "Student Radio Kings" blue/silver Duco
5x14 Gretsch RB in blue/silver duco
2- 5x14 Gretsch COB
3x13 soild shell slingerland WMP, Buddy Rich style
2- 5x14 rogers COB Powertones
5x14 rogers dynasonic- wood shell. recover- Aqua Abalone
3- 5x14 Rogers Dynasonic COB
5.5x14 Lang-Gladstone Black lacquer
6x14 Premier birch (old)
5x14 Premier XPK amber
5.5x10 Mapex COS

04-18-2003, 10:33 PM
- Tama 3 1/4 X 14 Bronze (main)

- Tama 3 1/4 X 13 Artwood Maple (auxilary)

- Tama 5 1/2 X 14 Steel Snare (i dunno why i have this?)

- Tama 5 1/2 X 14 Artwood Maple (coming in 2 weeks, Going to be other Main)

- Tama 5 1/2 X 10 Artwood Maple (other aux)

- Tama 3 1/4 X 12 Steel Soprano (other other aux)

04-21-2003, 12:41 AM
Here is a link to all my snares, plenty of pics...

06-02-2003, 07:57 AM
I only use myTama Bell Brass :D I am working on getting an OCDP vented 20 ply

06-02-2003, 08:39 AM
Dennis Chambers, Omar Hakim, Chad Smith, 5x14 Brass Sensitone Classic ll, 5.5x14 Limited edition Master Custom w/ outer ply of Tamo, 6.5x14 brass sensitone classic, 13" piccolo, Maple Free Floater piccolo, 5.5x14 BRX. It seems my collection grows every day. I'm addicted.;)

06-06-2003, 10:18 AM
14x6.5 maple free floater ( love it)
10x6 popcorn snare (love it)
12x7 maple snare (love it)
14x5.5 elx snare (like it)
13x3 steel snare (like it)

Hey Jeff aka Animal, You got a pic of that bronze snare?,
I'm looking to add some more metal snares to my collection
particularly the 6.5 depth ones.

06-06-2003, 11:04 AM
Mapex 6.5 x 14 Birdeseye maple Black Panther

Ludwig 6.5x14 Supraphonic, which I'm painting to look like a Black Beauty (w/gold hardware)

Ludwig 8x14 Colliseum snare

Id like to get that Pearl Steve Ferrone sig snare also, I was really diggin that thing.

06-08-2003, 05:53 PM
My only snare is an older version (single-flange hoops) Pearl Brass Sensitone, 6.5 X 14, thaqt has quite a similar sound to the Ludwig Black Beauty.

My next snare is going to be the new Pearl Concert Snare; it's maple with tube lugs, and I think I'll do a 5 x 14" for that one.

Most of my playing is jazz, or acoustic stuff, and I'm not generally looking for gunshot cracks--just a great warm WHAP, and a good rimshot for accents. No complaints with my current drum on either score.

07-09-2003, 06:06 PM
ive just got the snare bug!! GET ME A DOCTOR QUICK PLEASE!!!!!!!HELP ME!!!!:( :( LOL:)













07-10-2003, 09:39 AM
I'm in the starting stages of the virus

-Pearl steel 13x3 piccilo
-14x6 pearl world series steel snare
-14x5 ultracast (New purchase, I love this thing)
-10x5 steel firecracker (was supposed to be the 12 model and poplar but music123 messed it up)

07-10-2003, 10:06 AM

5.5x14 DW Maple Craviotto, Great workhorse. I like the Thick "Pop" of it.

5.5x14 Brass Sensitone, Great overall metal snare. I like the higher frequencies, sensitivity is has and nice crack.

5.5x14 6ply Maple Cadeson, Good club snare drum. In some bars,it sounds even better than my Craviotto!?? Go figure

5.5x14 Pearl 50th Ann, Prettiest snare drum ever - Period. Sound wise, it's a good, not too loud and warm drum (Perhaps due to the claw and hook rims. I yet have to try it with ordinary die cast or flanged hoops.

3.5x14 Yamaha Garibaldi Sig Brass, Excellent studio drum. Very sensitive. 3 small vents gives it a more "airy" and open sound.

5.5x12 Steel Cadeson, Very high pitched and funky (even when tuned low) Excellent auxiliary snaredrum. It has a clear "POP" and is has just enough overtone.

And my newly bought Fender Deluxe Fat Strat in RWneck and 3color sunburst....

Oh sorry, wrong site;)

07-10-2003, 12:12 PM
14 x 6.5 10 ply maple
baltimore (ocdp) lugs
42 strand wireset
DW style throw

14 x 5 solid 1/2" thick walnut
maple hoops
maple lugs
42 strand wireset
clear nickel throw

10 x 6 10 ply maple
vintage slingerland marching snare lugs
sticksaver hoops
10 strand puresounds
DW style throw

14x5.5 10 ply maple
custom 5 point star aluminum lugs
luddy throw
42 strand wires

14 x 6.5 natural maple 10 ply
adonis lugs powder coated copper vein
16 strand puresounds
DW style throw

14 x 3.5 solid birch 1/2" thick
brass plated tube lugs
brass piccolo throw
brass butt
brass hoops
42 strand wires

all made by me for me - I sold my other snares.

07-11-2003, 06:32 PM
Ludwig 6.5x14 brass snare (good snare)
Custom 5.5x10 maple snare 8ply all black (waiting for it to arrive) Phattie 7x12 30 ply maple 3 2" vents (deciding on specs then ordering)

Smoke N Drums
07-11-2003, 06:56 PM
Originally posted by NewPearlMan1
Wow what a loser I am. Some of you guys have quite an arsenal. My meager snare collection:
5.5X14 Pearl ELX
3.5X13 Remo Mastertouch Piccolo

I was 40 years old before I got my first "dream kit" and actually had a NEED for more than one snare.

Before that I had one snare.

My current stable:

6.5x14 Pearl MRX <--- This snare KICKS ***!
6.5x14 Mapex Birdseye Maple Black Panther (On the practise kit)
5x14 DW Collector's 10+6 (My "jazz" snare)
7x12 DW Edge (WOW!)
6x13 DW Johnny Craviotto (All around great sounding drum)
7x12 Conaway Maple Custom (My Band's favorite)
6x12 Dohaho Maple Custom (Aux snare)

Currently under construction:
7x12 Masterworks (Will replace the Conaway on the MRXs)

I actually work enough to need two kits and a selection of snares to match the venue.

07-11-2003, 07:23 PM
14'' Pearl Export (white)
14'' Ludwig Acrolite (Black sparkel)

07-11-2003, 07:37 PM
Add me a rocket shells 6x14

07-14-2003, 04:55 PM
I have these, and here's what I think:

Tama Starclassic maple 14x6.5 (British racing green) Great tuned high - cuts with 'thunk' and body too!!!

Premier Signia Brass 14x7. Versatile, cutting, loud, not over-ringy.

Yamaha FRP (Fibre glass re-inforced plastic) 14x5.5 (transparent green) Love it- no damping, tuned high with 10 mil head it cuts and just rings absolutely the right amount. Great for fast stuff / blast beats.

Yamaha Manu Katche hip gig 12x5 wood (Silver) Tight!!! Really funks up parts - highly recommended second snare. I use it for the main snare at times and it really does not get tired the way 'effects' snares can when you use them all of the time.

Arbiter AT 14x5.5 Maple / brass. I'm getting rid of this. The autotune system is cool, just hitting the head with one hand and tuning with the other takes 10 seconds at most! BUT, I can't get a higher tone out of it, no matter how high I tune it (even with thin heads) and it does not extand my options - the starclassic covers this range, and with better tone. FOR SALE!!!

What next? Tama Starclassic or brass or copper 14x4...or a bell brass!!! But then I like the Ultracast, and Noble and Cooley...:)

07-16-2003, 08:03 PM
my concert band has a yamaha snare with evans g2 heads, i love the sound of it.

Smoke N Drums
07-17-2003, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by drum_moose
..................................What next? Tama Starclassic or brass or copper 14x4...or a bell brass!!! But then I like the Ultracast, and Noble and Cooley...:)

Looks you've got those bases already covered.

How about a piccolo snare, or 8x14?

Maybe something with ports? :D

07-20-2003, 10:26 AM
grover sv...;)

07-21-2003, 03:03 PM
Originally posted by Smoke N Drums

Looks you've got those bases already covered.

How about a piccolo snare, or 8x14?

Maybe something with ports? :D

What I meant was the three Tama types in 14x4 - this is now the Tama pic size - they have scrapped the 3.5 depth. A NC solid shell 3.75 would be nice. I also used a 12x5 Firecracker steel today- I did like!!! I dont wanna go big/deep as my stuff is much faster now (blast beats /16ths on kicks at 220bpm plus, etc.)

I think the whole vent thing seems to be an American absession- here in the UK it is not really something that you see- although OCDP etc are only just starting to come through. I shall have to have a look.

07-22-2003, 02:22 PM
I have a slingeland 14" X 6.5" and a sonor 14" X 5". I love the slingerland though. Has a better sound interms of the reggae and i am jamaican.

07-23-2003, 01:18 PM
nice and simple for me, and surprisingly all pearl !

10" fire cracker ( steel ) tuned low to sound like a snare

14" standard forum snare ( i sold the kit but kept the snare )

14" steel pro snare circa 85/86 ( this is the one )

those who have'nt played a forum snare will be pleasantly surprised. took a while, but i got it tuned nicely with the stock heads, although, with a coated ambassador it sounded much better.

the 10" firecracker surprised me once i got the sound right, i often use it as a main snare, but it will be used mainly as aux hanging from the hi-hat/ISS mount to be used while playing modern pop / rock / punk stuff.

the 14" pro steel really is what a classic steel rock snare should sound like , just wonderful.... loud, and only in the larger venues do i need to mic it


p.s. PLEASE . if you have a Rogers COB dynasonic (70's) , I have serious cash waiting, i need one to complete my londoner kit.... thanks

07-23-2003, 06:35 PM
Pearl Free Floating Brass - 6.5x14
Pearl Masters 4-ply Maple - 6.5x14
Pearl Soprano - 7x12
Pearl Black Hammered Steel - 6x14
DW - Black Nickel Over Brass/Satin hardware 5x14
Ludwig Supraphonic 60's (steel) - 5x14

Kit = DW Collectors
Cymbals = Zildjian/Paiste

In a world of boutique/custom drum mania, Pearl has the most under-celebrated snares around.

07-26-2003, 09:43 PM
5x14 dw workshop series brass nickel plated shell/black hardware

5.5x14 premier olympic steel shell (one word: versatile)

5x14 cb steel shell (surprising crack cranked insanely tight)

i looked into the premier, and based on the badge i think it was made somewhere around late 70's/early 80's. i'd like to know, just out of curiosity. it's my close backup in those times when the dw doesn't quite fit. as far as the third drum goes, i'm thinking of finding it a new home.

07-30-2003, 07:09 PM
Pearl 5.5x14" Brass Free Floater (with alternate maple shell)
Pearl 5.5x14" Mahogany Classic Limited Edition (current fav)
Noble & Cooley 7x14" Maple (previous fav)

All diecast hoops.

I was never really all that "in love" with the FFS (with either shell). I think the large aluminum "bed" reduces a lot of the resonance from this otherwise beautiful drum.

I wish I had a 6.5x14" MHXL, but the 5.5" drum came with the (new) kit and I don't think I can justify another snare just for that extra 1" in depth right now. <sigh>

I'm thinking about ordering a Maple 7x12" (M-1270) as an "effects" snare with a custom finish to match my kit... they sound/look like a lot of fun!


07-31-2003, 08:45 PM
as of this moment of voting i am using a 5x14 pacific 5 ply maple snare.
in about 2 weeks i am gonna be playing- 6.5x13 Truth Custom Chamber Snare, alreayd made just need to take em my cash and pick it up...will grab before i have band tryout down there lol.

08-14-2003, 12:26 PM
14 x 3.5 custom tama starclassic maple 6 ply maple

14x 4 medicine man custom drum company 8 ply birch

i really wanna get a deeper snare... ive been checking out the ultracasts and some ocdp, spaun, pork pie, n & c etc etc... gah, im broke untill we get our deal in september tho, so ill have to wait a little bit. as soon as i get the deal money im either gonna go with an brx, mrx, or ocdp for the record. i have yet to decide. anyone have any suggestions on a good recording snare (other then the arnoff (as we all know its amazing))

08-18-2003, 05:27 AM
I have:

4" * 14" Pearl John J.R. Robinson Signature Snare
3" * 13" Pearl Steel Piccolo
6,5" * 14" Pearl Free Floater with Steel Shell
6,5" * 14" Pearl Free Floater Aluminium Replacement Shell
6,5" * 14" Pearl Masterworks 4ply maple shell

Currently I'm building a 5" * 14" beech snaredrum with an outer ply of "maserbirke" (It's birch and I dunno the exact english name)
And I have another 6,5" * 14" Masterworks Snare on order.
As you can see, pearl-snare rock!!

On my wishlist are also the eric singer sig, the tico torres sig, and a decent bell brass snare.......*drool*

08-18-2003, 10:33 AM
Giambatista, what do you think to the starclassic 14x4? I have the 14x6.5 and am looking for a piccollo to add to my collection (posted earlier.) I want a piccollo with a bit of thickness, so I'm looking at wood, not metal and this way i can get one to match my kit. Your thoughts?


08-20-2003, 06:17 PM
wow...alot of u have really impressive snares...

well i have 2 snares

14x6.5 flat black free-floater (my main)
14x5.5 wine red export (aux)

02-03-2004, 07:21 AM
I've got:

Yamaha Anton Fig sig. model with the wooden hoops, great for rimshots!:D

'89 Pearl Export snare 14x6.5 with half the lugs ripped out from me cranking it up too high :(

I used to have a 14x8 Yamaha snare which sounded great and was loud as hell! but i sold it :( a desicion i have regreted ever since!

02-03-2004, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by SLIPKNOT1

6.5X14 Tama Bell Brass (Sold, leaving in about 2 weeks)

Why? Why would you sell such a snare??? :confused:

I'd LOVE one of those.

02-04-2004, 04:54 AM
i have
a gretsch 14x5.5 that came with my catalina kit
a mapex black panther maple 14x6.5 i picked up second hand
im borrowing a starclassic maple kit that im probably going to buy soon which has a starclassic maple 14x5.5 with reinforcement hoops and in two weeks my tama hand hammered aluminium 14x5.5 gets here

next is a 12x7 maple not sure what brand yet
and a 13x3 piccolo probably tama.

02-04-2004, 10:18 AM
DW 14" by 6" collectors series maple snare, 10 plies with 6 ply reinforcement and a Pearl Sensitone 14" by 5,5" snare. The DW is the main snare, and the pearl is cranked way up there and played as auxillary snare. Both sound good in all tuning ranges, pherhaps the DW sounds better than the pearl when tuned low.

02-04-2004, 11:43 PM
all of my snares include

own right now:

ocdp 6.5x14 20 ply with vents purple sparkle black hardware
pearl 6.5x14 mahongny classic limited edition #5001
jonny c. 12x6 craviotto older model before he sold to dw
pearl 6x14 marching free floater black hardware white marine
5.5x14 world max black dawg (the actual one that one the snare olympics

ocdp 6.5x14 30 ply with vents turq glass glitter

13x7 dw steven perkins edge (cry'd when i let it go)

02-05-2004, 07:33 AM
I currently gig with 2 kits (not at the same time).

My snares are:

14*5 red brass free floater (matches my red BLX kit) UK Anniversary special edition snare
14*6.5 Customer Classic (liquid Amber finish gold hardware) as it matches the gold hardware on my main MMX kit

Spares (some waiting to be sold)
14 *5.5 Chad Smith - great all round drum
14*6.5 Custom Classic (Regular) my old main snare
14*6.5 Mapex Hammered Phosphur Bronze - nice tone.

I like them all for different reasons!! The Pearl Custom Classics are my all time favs though.

04-25-2004, 07:57 PM

Got my 14x5 Export snare and a 14x5 CB steel snare.
What a joke.

Soon upgrading to:
Tama Starclassics G-Maple 12 ply, 10 mm 14x5.5,
Huston 14x4 20-ply Maple in blue satin finish(custom built for me! yay.)
Probably a 14x3.5 Brass Free-floater, and maybe a maple shell to switch out sometime.

04-25-2004, 07:59 PM
Oh, those Pork Pie 12x5's are BAD drums. Played one at Guitar Center(with some paragon hats, sweet combo) and the pop was wicked. I was excited about playing it until I looked at the price tag.

....f#@k, thought maybe I could get a deal. I'll put that $500 towards a perfect custom built drum.

04-25-2004, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by silveriametal
Oh, those Pork Pie 12x5's are BAD drums. Played one at Guitar Center(with some paragon hats, sweet combo) and the pop was wicked. I was excited about playing it until I looked at the price tag.

....f#@k, thought maybe I could get a deal. I'll put that $500 towards a perfect custom built drum. The list price is $500 - I payed much less for my Pork Pie.

05-04-2004, 06:54 AM
Pearl 5.5 * 14 MMX in natural finish
Pearl 5 * 14 Ultracast snare

I owned a Omar Hakim sig, but i ''''''ed it up making vents in it... Yeah, shame on me, but it's cheaper than order a very expensive OCDP snare and still not liking it.. I buy it again sometime, it was a very nice snare....

I'm planning to buy a 7 * 12 saprano snare in emerald fade, or the Omar Hakim... any suggestions?

06-29-2004, 10:02 AM
I will be using an 14"x6.5" ultracast, can't wait for it :) :D :cool:

06-29-2004, 10:58 AM
I voted Pearl cause my main snare is a Pearl EX poplar, but I've also got a Ludwig chrome and an Atomic steel snare.

07-01-2004, 10:12 AM
6.5x14 Pearl MMX snare <---damn good snare!!
6.5x14 Pearl export aluminum
5x14 Pearl Chad Smith

future purchases:
20 ply custom
Pearl Ultracast

07-01-2004, 01:44 PM
go gretch man