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    Hi i made a new post cause i figured i may get more feedback. in the search for a new snare alot of you recommended a copper ff or tico torres snare now i have been playing drums for 7 years and i must confess i dont think i ever played a copper or aluminum snare how do these snares mearsure up for jazz? j/w

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    Copper and aluminum have a darker/mellower tone that steel. They are closer to wood in terms of warmth. They would work well for any genre.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Synth
      Copper and aluminum have a darker/mellower tone that steel. They are closer to wood in terms of warmth. They would work well for any genre.
      I actually used a brass pacific (4.5x14) for a small jazz group. It was nice because it had a brighter tone, which made it great for the acoustic setting I was playing in.

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        I use the Copper FF. I have a 14x3.5 size, though. It's a dark sounding snare. Copper gives a very dark tone.I have a Superhoop on top, instead of the Mastercast, to open it up a bit. I have mine tuned for pop music, very cracky instead of full sounding. It can be used for anything, however. I use it for some jazzy stuff sometimes.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Qball319
          I actually used a brass pacific (4.5x14) for a small jazz group. It was nice because it had a brighter tone, which made it great for the acoustic setting I was playing in.
          I'd like a 4x13" FF brass, and a 14x5.5 brass. I think it's the closest metal to steel, without the harsh overring. Brass is brighter and livelier than my acrolite.

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          • #6
            For jazz I would use a maple snare, 14x5, or a metal but a ludwig (supraphonic or acrolite if possible).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Musashi
              For jazz I would use a maple snare, 14x5, or a metal but a ludwig (supraphonic or acrolite if possible).
              QUE????? COMO????

              You mean you don't use a 13x6.5" Musashi oak for jazz??? j/k.

              I am waiting for a 14x5.5 Yamaha oak custom (honey amber) that I have wood hoops ready for... oak stained and glossy.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Synth
                QUE????? COMO????
                You mean you don't use a 13x6.5" Musashi oak for jazz??? j/k.
                yeah, sometimes I can get free from the musashi maniac inside me

                but only sometimes...

                It's the only snare I have for now. but I have plans for a 14x5 ultracast, and as I talked with Al, a MW

                but for now I can't play jazz (learning though) so It's not really worring me.

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                • #9
                  Copper and steel are great for jazz. Check out the Tony Williams stuff with the Miles Davis Quintet... He used a steel drum (heads and snares cranked, and it sounds great), I believe Roy Haynes used one for Now He Sings, Now He Sobs with Chick Corea.

                  Roy Haynes uses a copper snare now, as does the head of percussion at the college I go to now, and they sound fantastic in a jazz setting. Very crackly tuned high, yet mellow.
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