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    I believe Bell Brass has more in common with Bronze than Brass as far as sound characteristics goes. That and the fact that they are cast and are seamless give it a full warm tone with tons of projection and sensitivity. My 5.5/14 Tama Bell Brass sounds nothing like the regular Brass equivilent, it blows it away.
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    A warm Starclassic Bell Brass? 00**

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    I'll let you know tomorrow when FedEx shows up with a box for me.

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    Indeed, it is a very warm sounding drum. Again, it is all in how you tune it. I have mine at a medium tension most of the time and it gets a great warm and sensitive sound. Or you can crank the heads a bit and you loose some of the warmth but you gain more piercing high end crack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x A7X Drummer x
    Thanks for all the replies. i guess you guys are saying that it's the same shell material, but made in a different process right? that makes sense.

    But why would that make Bell brass so expensive? (usually about 4 times the price)
    It isn't the same material at all. Bell Brass is one of the bronze alloys, but the name signifies a particular mix of the constituent metals. The reason that they are more expensive is that they are usually cast drums and seamless. 3-5mm thick is the norm. The bronze Sonor drums are the same material as the Tama Bell Brass, they just choose to name them differently!

    Both Paiste and Zildjian have allegedly made drums with melted down cymbals though I would be surprised if most of them didn't just use the same alloys used to make 2002/ Sigs rather than actually using recycled cymbals. No reason why you couldn't though!!

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    without going into much detail bell brass is a different metal then brass that is why it costs more , I believe someone posted that brass is rolled & welded & bell brass is cast this is not so , brass also can be cast , you can not buy a bell brass flate bar or bell brass sheet that you can roll into a drum , but with brass you can . I have seen brass drums that were rolled & welded & the thing I didnt like about them was the ugly weld inside the drum .

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    I think it's a marketing gimmick.

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    Dmann, I'm a bit late to the party but I've joined the Bell Brass club as of today. I had to do a few test rim shots out in my car, the office staff would freak otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostic
    Dmann, I'm a bit late to the party but I've joined the Bell Brass club as of today. I had to do a few test rim shots out in my car, the office staff would freak otherwise.

    http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/sh...d.php?t=144021
    Your Bell Brass snare is a thing of beauty!!!! I bet it packs a quite a wallop!!!!!! I have a thing for the 6.5x14 size. I don't like the newer Tama models with the die-casts, I prefer the older 90's model TAMA PLN1465N with the bell brass hoops like yours.
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    I'm going to have both snares setup tonight at band practice. 3.5x14 Yamaha Brass David Garibaldi and this new Tama Bell Brass. Two different materials. This drum is quite a bit heavier than the other. There is something really really cool about having just two digits in the serial number with four zeros in front of them.

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    What serial # is yours? Mine is #000073. You gotta let us know how you like it after practice! FYI, the G1 sound great on the snare but if your a hard hitter like me, you might want to try the Power Center Reverse Dot or the Remo CS on it. It still gives the drum a nice open sound but it's a bit more durable.

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    Congratulations on the snare! I can only imagine what it must feel like to see that thing on your doorstep.

    I'm actually more confused now than when i started. haha, don't worry, it's not that big of a deal i was just curious.

    Awesome snares guys.

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