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Drum1
11-23-2002, 02:37 AM
What shell material do you prefer, I just want to see which is the most popular!

PADman
11-23-2002, 03:33 AM
In order of preference :
Titanium
Brass
Maple

Fredzs
11-23-2002, 05:31 PM
Neverheard titanium snares a.k.a dunnett(sp?) but here's mine

1. Maple
2. Brass
3. Birch

zilflight
11-24-2002, 04:55 PM
I dont really like any metal snares I have heard, but I havnt heard many. I really like the warmth you get from wood, so I say maple all the way

ab
11-24-2002, 06:17 PM
carbon fiber(rocket shells) and solid maple(DW craviotto)

death row dog
11-25-2002, 02:11 PM
I have to say copper is the best. The sound out of it will make you cum cause its so sexy. I have played a lot of snare shell types and i have to say copper was the best sounding out of them all.
But each person has their own opinion. Best thing to do is go to a music store that has a good stock and play every snare in the place and decide for yourself.

Tocatambor
11-25-2002, 05:35 PM
Over the years, I've had and played many different snares with different materials for the shells. The one I really enjoy now is a piccalo snare made with Bell Brass for the shell and hoops. It was very expensive...but you need good tools...right?

Flipkid
11-26-2002, 07:09 AM
I have a brass SensiTone, but I want a Marvin "Smitty" Smith copper snare!

Kermit
11-27-2002, 06:25 AM
Maple
Bell Brass(drool!)

SLIPKNOT1
11-27-2002, 08:57 PM
Brass and Maple, and yes, Bell Brass as Kermit said.

giantmink
12-01-2002, 04:48 AM
I have a copper free floater, a vintage maple Ludwig, a Pearl steel piccolo, a Sonor Birch 8x12 (made myself), a Ludwig Supraphonic, an Export Snare, and a high end Steel Yamaha, I would have to say that the copper is the best. Although none of my snares are anything spectacular, I think that steel is great as far as sensitivity and lots of attack, but I can't get over Copper. It has the warmth of maple plus the attack of steel, no brass characteristics. I really dislike brass because I think it has a little less sensitivity and although I LOVE high pitched snares, I find that you get little depth because of how bright is is. Anyways, that was my depressed 3:00am ramblimg for the night.

Ben

mrbeaver
12-01-2002, 04:42 PM
-birch
-aluminum
-brass

i used to like copper a lot but now im kinda getting annoyed with it

SLIPKNOT1
12-04-2002, 12:28 AM
Has anybody on here tried those Glass shell snares? I saw them a few months back in MD but have never seen one up close or talked to anybody who has.

JOHNSON
12-06-2002, 03:14 PM
maple all the way!

cornflake489
12-06-2002, 07:30 PM
I like rose wood.

JOHNSON
12-06-2002, 09:00 PM
how does rose wood sounds?

drummer4JC
12-07-2002, 12:35 PM
birch man, great sound!

putz335
12-07-2002, 05:35 PM
i have only played the steel and maple shell snares, but i was wondering what the difference was? such as, what is the difference in sound between steel, maple, copper, and brass? i want to know the best free floating shell to buy.
Mike

biodrumr
12-11-2002, 09:21 AM
copper or acrylic...gotta love the free floaters!

I'd kill to have a rosewood though, who knows, maybe I'll win one!!!:D

snare drum guy
12-11-2002, 10:20 PM
steel
maple

sirduffy
12-12-2002, 11:59 AM
Hi guys. Does anyone know what type of snare that guy from 'Therapy' uses? It is THE best snare sound I've ever heard and havent heard anything like it from any other drummer. I gotta get me one of those! Any ideas?

Drum1
12-20-2002, 09:33 AM
:D Thanks for your votes and posts and keep them coming, but you could also tell me which sabian cymbal sizes are best for funk at:

http://66.40.220.17/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4929

Thanks...

Tocatambor
12-20-2002, 10:26 AM
Hey Gang...just remember, you can have the best, most expensive snare drum in the world, but two things:
1. You still have to play it and tune it properly and...
2. The recorded sound depends on lot of factors that are/can be out of the hands of the drummer!
Brands, shell type, depth, head selection...don't really mean anything to the sound engineer. They are interested in only one thing...the recorded sound of the drum and how it fits the tune being recorded.

Drum1
12-20-2002, 11:13 AM
OK smart-arse, lighten up a bit, your a bit touchy...

jddrummer666
12-21-2002, 12:03 AM
As for Therapy? Im not entirely sure but i think its a maple snare. I *think* he uses an Pearl Masters in Orange sparkle. He has 2 snares. Take a look for yourself.

jddrummer666
12-21-2002, 12:04 AM
Its probably a 5.5x14" maple snare. And the other is a 6x12" maple snare i think.

MikeB
12-23-2002, 07:49 PM
1. Maple
2. Aluminum
3. Phosphor Bronze

MikeB
12-23-2002, 07:49 PM
1. Maple
2. Aluminum
3. Phosphor Bronze

super_evill
01-18-2003, 07:32 PM
The snare that I want is a Lars Ulrich signature Bell Brass Snare... but I can't afford it because it's list price is $2399.99!!!

music_lover1000
01-19-2003, 03:06 PM
MAPLE !

drummer4JC
01-19-2003, 05:36 PM
the lars ulrich or whatever snare sells for like 500 i think. if its not that , its in the ballpark

newark_snare
01-20-2003, 11:54 AM
i like birch. its neat. especially a 10 ply, for added volume.

revolution9
01-20-2003, 05:22 PM
drummer4JC:

lars has 2 snares, a steel and a bell brass, the steel is 500 and the brass is about 1500

drummer4JC
01-20-2003, 05:55 PM
sorry my bad. i always thought it was the same snare, just different sizes. never really paid any attention to it.

Ambion
01-04-2004, 10:23 AM
If I could only have one snare, it'd be a maple snare. My favorites, in order:

Maple
Brass
Aluminum
Birch
Bronze

The Facial
01-28-2004, 01:43 PM
Maghony and Brass my choise for some sexy and ''''in funky snare sounds

TheVoltanDrummer
01-29-2004, 11:44 PM
maple or aluminum

yum

tHe_kEePEr
02-01-2004, 08:10 AM
MY favorite Snare shell type would have to be the Jarrah shell. Because the denser the wood, the more even the distribution of vibration over the shell. And Jarrah is so dense that it sinks in water. It is 2 x as dense as maple and is indigenous to Australia. Score one for the home team.
:D

Spnkdrm
02-01-2004, 04:12 PM
right now i have a hand made mahogony (made by me) but i love the sound of birch

mythdrummer
02-01-2004, 04:30 PM
aluminum (Ludwig supersensitive)

but would also like a maple

1ordinary-guy
02-02-2004, 10:36 PM
Depends on my mood, but right now my favorite snare sounds are (in order):

Bronze - (non cast shell) I'm currently looking for a 14"x5.5" Tama, Mapex, or Pearl Bronze drum. Tried the Mapex in a shop and really liked it. And I love Simon Phillips' snare sound, which is a Tama "Gladiator" Bronze snare

Aluminum - classic Ludwig Supraphonic or Supersensitive

Oak - Tried a 6.5"x13" Yamaha Musashi and LOVED it!

Brass - My 6.5"x14" Free Floater
Maple - My 6.5"x14" Free Floater

technik
04-22-2004, 02:54 PM
Maple and Brass with nickel coated

Lucky7Band
04-25-2004, 07:31 PM
Recycled paiste cymbal bronze.
Alluminium
Maple

Bibbelmann
04-27-2004, 03:20 AM
solid wood, either a stave shell or a steambent shell with the grain running vertically along the shell axis. If reinforcement rings, then from solid wood!

cheepcheep88
05-10-2004, 08:37 PM
Well... For me it's a tie between The sensitone classic & the ultracast.

Drum1
02-12-2006, 03:07 PM
After a period away I thought I'd bump this thread 3 years after I started it!

nutzo_dot_net
02-12-2006, 03:13 PM
[email protected]

mutt_78
02-12-2006, 03:15 PM
i picked steel, cause its rediciulously loud and it really cuts, but i also really like copper, for the dark, lower tones

thecanyonbehindher
02-12-2006, 04:47 PM
I have to say copper is the best. The sound out of it will make you cum cause its so sexy. I have played a lot of snare shell types and i have to say copper was the best sounding out of them all.
But each person has their own opinion. Best thing to do is go to a music store that has a good stock and play every snare in the place and decide for yourself.
Since copper cannot resonate, it has no sound. .

thecanyonbehindher
02-12-2006, 04:50 PM
I like solid cherry. Titanium has nice tone, and so does my Noble and Cooley alloy classic.

manifest_drumz
02-12-2006, 08:47 PM
aluminum and maple, love them both the same

frostythespider
02-12-2006, 11:50 PM
I prefer acrylic or really thick, dense wood snares although the sensitone rocks my world.

bigtone23
02-13-2006, 04:59 AM
I like birch, aluminum & poplar snares.

doc_on_drums
02-13-2006, 05:35 AM
Maple, period, for everything I want from a snare. Good warmth of tone yet still has plenty of "pop".
I used to have a cheap fiberglass snare that sounded really nice.

sgt1371
02-13-2006, 07:36 AM
Oak, Birch, Cherry, Phosphor Bronze.

krys9984
02-13-2006, 08:55 AM
I actually happen to like Bronze snares because they have sound characteristics of both wood and steel.

The runner up would be Maple and in third place would be Brass. (not bell brass)

Chris :D

drum_for_fun
02-13-2006, 11:30 AM
Maple is a great overall shell. Very versitile. And many different configs. Later.

Hawk440
02-13-2006, 12:48 PM
The sound of a drum is a marriage of several components, not just shell material. So all these things need to be considered if you are comparing two or more drums or kits.

Ply or
Solid
Thickness of shell
Bearing edge
Rims/Hoops
Reinforcement rings (if wooden shell)
Heads
Snare bed width if it's a snare (and bed depth)
Snare wires if it's a snare

With all that said, I like thin shell toms maple ply , with reinforcement rings. Same on the bass drum. The projection might not be as good as thicker shells without re-rings, but the tone is better. And I mic if I need to.

Snare : thin shell maple with reinforcement rings. I do have a DW solid shell with re-rings ordered, and I'm not sure of the shell thickness, but I played one and love the sound. Also brass shell snares add a nice harmonic ring to the overall sound.

I forgot to add Ludaloy !

Drum1
02-13-2006, 02:10 PM
Cool stuff guys!

SAWMAN
02-13-2006, 02:21 PM
Aluminum
Aluminum
(Not very diversed, I know. But one is a free-floater, so I can swap shells easily when I want)

spikeman23
02-13-2006, 03:10 PM
Maple, brass, and steel. Out of the three i listed i'd have to say maple is my favorite. Probably because my G-maple has such a sweet crack to it, followed close by brass. But i also really like my diamond plated steel, it's extremely loud but has good tone at the same time. And really with a piece of moongel it does sound like the bell brass.But without it it doesn't even come close to sounding like a steel drum, it really sounds that different.

tomwalker845
02-13-2006, 03:26 PM
Maple, but I have a weakness for steel and supraphonics too....

nzrocker
02-13-2006, 03:28 PM
bronze and maple.

needforspeed182
02-13-2006, 03:30 PM
Hammered Bell Brass. Thats what my sig snare will be when i get a pearl endorsement :D.

drunken_soybean
02-13-2006, 04:44 PM
do not underestimate the sound and power of a maple snare ;) i voted maple

Junesong Provision
02-13-2006, 05:18 PM
other:
purpleheart
oak
bubinga
cherry
walnut

Grooveman B
02-13-2006, 07:39 PM
I had no idea Maple would have such a lead! Way more than twice anything else. My opinion is no wood snare quite gets what I think is a classic 'snare' sound. I like brass, copper, bronze, etc. That's just me I guess.

TheTrooper37
02-13-2006, 07:46 PM
I like birch and brass a lot

broken_cymbal1
02-13-2006, 09:31 PM
Has anybody on here tried those Glass shell snares? I saw them a few months back in MD but have never seen one up close or talked to anybody who has.
i'd be afraid to break one of those things. i wonder how delecate you have to be to play one of those.

Dmann
02-13-2006, 10:24 PM
Bell Brass or Maple get my vote.

thismercifulfate
02-14-2006, 12:53 AM
Maple :)

interceptor
02-14-2006, 02:44 AM
jarrah, purpleheart, walnut and bronze

frostythespider
02-14-2006, 11:03 AM
I like birch, aluminum & poplar snares.
poplar? Poplar is the wood EX's are made with. Those snares are pretty weak.

bisonplayer
02-14-2006, 02:58 PM
I like steel...the thicker the better. I have my eye on the new cast steel reference....very nice!

n00b
02-14-2006, 03:24 PM
I like brass and oak shells for snares; that said,I wish pearl made an oak free floater. That would slay.

iCe
02-14-2006, 04:04 PM
i have 2 maple snares and i like them, but i'm also interested in copper

ImageDrumworks
02-14-2006, 08:14 PM
Other....

Blackhearted Sassafras (my choice for a softwood snare
Rosewood (my choice for a mid range sound)
Brushbox (my choice for a snare that has balls)
Ironwood (my choice for a snare that makes peoples ears hurt :) )

Kalagan
02-14-2006, 08:46 PM
brass rules !!

:D 00** :eek:

Drum1
02-15-2006, 03:38 PM
Well I've just realised that I haven't even put my fav type in my own thread. I love maple, especially my 13 x 3 maple piccolo, so versatile! I also like copper for its sensitivity.

:D

Rupert
02-15-2006, 03:57 PM
-copper
-acrylic
-aluminium

malletjazz
02-15-2006, 04:30 PM
Top choice:

- (Tempus) fibreglass

Runners up:

- Tempus carbon fibre
- copper
- bubinga
- walnut

Doublekicker74
02-20-2006, 07:21 AM
Birch
Maple

RoBe
02-20-2006, 11:00 AM
maple, although thats all ive ever played

Asteroid
02-20-2006, 11:31 AM
I love
Metal snares.I can't choose between brass or steel.I love steel for it's bright and aggressive sound.I also love the more warmth of the brass with that crack.

For the moment i play a steel one,so it's now steel...

Thrush
05-22-2011, 11:59 AM
carbon fiber(rocket shells) and solid maple(DW craviotto)

Very similar here - RS CF (13x7) and a Pearl solid maple (Custom Classic). And my Pearl CZX, with it's 10ply maple shell. Big sound on that drum...

xJcx
05-23-2011, 01:01 AM
>10 ply maple snares
or handhammered bronze.

rebelquints1
05-23-2011, 10:41 AM
I just got my 10Ply Birch drum and I love it.

my top three materials are

1. Birch
2. Brass
3. Maple

Thrush
05-23-2011, 01:04 PM
Never had a brass snare. Played a few, but never had one. Not sure why either... Had a couple of steel snares (still have one actually, but it's retired now) including a Pearl FFS, and meh - I can take or leave steel... Never had an acrylic snare either, and think I've only ever played one. I do love the CF snare I have tho!

Robertw8
05-24-2011, 06:08 AM
Other....

Blackhearted Sassafras (my choice for a softwood snare
Rosewood (my choice for a mid range sound)
Brushbox (my choice for a snare that has balls)
Ironwood (my choice for a snare that makes peoples ears hurt :) )
I am a fan of native timbers too but what is Ironwood.

playinpearls
05-24-2011, 07:17 AM
Other...


I got a birch starclassic snare about 4 months ago and its the best snare i've ever owned...

drumerboi_aust
05-24-2011, 10:04 PM
Id say brass and then Maple...
I dont own a brass snare... but have played a fair few and want one reeaaal bad....

ricke39
05-25-2011, 03:19 PM
In order of preference:

1. Birch/Maple
2. Brass
3. Birch/Mahogany
4. Steel
5. Bronze

uhm, yeah pretty much eet :P

steadypocket
05-26-2011, 04:23 PM
Maple is so darn versatile that I had to vote for it number one, followed closely by Australian hardwoods (jarrah, wandoo, sheoakh). I just think the Brady stave drums made from those indigenous Australian hardwoods sound amazing.