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  • Used Pearl Free Floating in Brass + Maple: should I stay o should I go?

    I was hunting a 14"x3,5" FFS, and accidentally a shop in my country is selling this used snare for 199 €uros in "excellent" conditions; I'd like to hear from (present or past) owners of the old FFS series if it seems a good deal to them or not. Is the old series' snare throw-off a reliable one?

    The deal includes:

    PEARL Free Floating FB1435, obviously 14"x3,5"
    Brass Shell
    +
    Maple Shell in Black Mist
    +
    Rockbag soft case

    Photos:




    So, should I stay or should I go?
    Last edited by cesko; 02-21-2008, 02:46 AM.
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    My "new" FF snare!

  • #2
    I'm not sure how the currency system works in your country, so I'm not sure how good of a deal that is to be honest. But that snare looks quality. It appears it was pretty well taken care of.

    And with the option of two shells like that, can't really go wrong.

    I own a newer model 14x6.5 Maple FF and love it. But I've used the older models like that on occasion, and I never noticed any problems with the throwoff system or anything. I know people that still own them that haven't had any problems.

    If you're into the sound of shallower snares like that, you'd probably love that snare. And with both the Maple and Brass shell inserts, can't really go wrong.

    Good luck man.
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    • #3
      It's hard to make a realistic comparison money-wise at the present time. In this exact moment 199 €uros are 292 Dollar$, which could be a lot in the USA. Consider that not many months ago €uros and Dollar$ were almost equivalent. A new 14"x3,5" brass FFS costs in Italy 350 €uros.
      My Kit: TAMA Artstar ES●Zildjian/UFiP/Wuhan Cymbals●TAMA/Pearl Hardware●LP●Vater Sticks●Evans Heads
      My "new" FF snare!

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      • #4
        Hmm, if it's a good deal in comparison to other ones in your country, then I say go for it. However, the chrome looks a little "bubbly." What's with that?

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        • #5
          I think the camera's flash is just exaggerating small chrome nicks.. nothing that you'll notice in real life.
          My Kit: TAMA Artstar ES●Zildjian/UFiP/Wuhan Cymbals●TAMA/Pearl Hardware●LP●Vater Sticks●Evans Heads
          My "new" FF snare!

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          • #6
            I almost bought it.. is anyone able to tell me when this snare was produced? I know that the hexagonal lugs date it back at the first half of the '90es.. but is there a way to know precisely when this little beauty was born? (maybe with the shells' serial numbers..)
            My Kit: TAMA Artstar ES●Zildjian/UFiP/Wuhan Cymbals●TAMA/Pearl Hardware●LP●Vater Sticks●Evans Heads
            My "new" FF snare!

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            • #7
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6jCI...eature=related

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              • #8
                Yeah man you got it!
                My Kit: TAMA Artstar ES●Zildjian/UFiP/Wuhan Cymbals●TAMA/Pearl Hardware●LP●Vater Sticks●Evans Heads
                My "new" FF snare!

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                • #9
                  So, I bought the snare! The seller threw in also a new coated Ambassador.. everything should arrive next Monday! I'm excited!
                  My Kit: TAMA Artstar ES●Zildjian/UFiP/Wuhan Cymbals●TAMA/Pearl Hardware●LP●Vater Sticks●Evans Heads
                  My "new" FF snare!

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                  • #10
                    Here it is... I love it!!!



                    My Kit: TAMA Artstar ES●Zildjian/UFiP/Wuhan Cymbals●TAMA/Pearl Hardware●LP●Vater Sticks●Evans Heads
                    My "new" FF snare!

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                    • #11
                      hey there,

                      I was wondering how the snare worked out for you.

                      I got the exact same snare drum but somehow the snare wire just won't touch the reso head. Have you had that problem?

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                      • #12
                        Does everything fit snugly? Take it apart and see if the shell is out of round, or lay it on a flat surface and see if the shell is bent.
                        Pics would help alot.
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                        • #13
                          Nice, that is exactly the same piccolo I've used for at least 15 years now. I usually mount it off to the left as an accent snare.... its got a nice sharp crack. For some of the smaller venues/pubs we played it was a bit too ear-splitting as a main. The only problem I had was one of the lugs breaking on it...but that was easily fixed/replaced.

                          I dont have a second maple shell for it, but I have been keeping my eyes open for one... you will enjoy this drum. It sounds really cool with the snares disengaged as well... very latin sound to it. I've had best results using a coated ambassador on batter and diplomat on reso.
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