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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Here are better pics of the Star Reserve Hammered Aluminum.
    Nice Matt,

    Your new Tama Aluminum snare does indeed look sharp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blk Diamond View Post
    Nice Matt,

    Your new Tama Aluminum snare does indeed look sharp!
    Thanks Kevin! It's going on the set next

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Thanks Kevin! It's going on the set next

    Played mine at church this weekend and it proved to be just perfect. Its an extraordinary drum, even without the mods lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steadypocket View Post
    Played mine at church this weekend and it proved to be just perfect. It’s an extraordinary drum, even without the mods lol.
    All of the Star Reserves are really nice right out of the box. I just like to set things up a different way. I'm also not a fan of mis-matched hardware, if I can avoid it.

    I wonder what metal Star Reserve is next???

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    Lots of great cast aluminum snares being shown off lately, so here's mine: a 6"x13" Noble & Cooley Alloy Classic. I originally purchased this from the late Dennis Stauffer (of Phattie Drum Co. and Stauffer Percussion fame) in late 2011, just a few months before he died, and I believe it was one from his personal collection. I had always seen the 4.75"x14" and the 6"x14" available for sale, and I knew that they had made a 6"x13" 150th anniversary model, but this was the only one that showed up on my radar with regular spec lugs, and I haven't seen another one since. Ever curious, I decided to contact N&C last year to ask about it. This was the response from product specialist Nick Jones:

    "We initially offered it as a limited run snare in 2004 for our 150th anniversary. It had staggered single-point lugs on it and a special badge. They were quite popular and we sold through them quickly. Based on that, we decided to have a batch of, maybe, 100 produced in the standard configuration. During that time, 13 snares fell out of favorability as the trend seems to ebb and flow. We ended up with a pile of snares that were simply not selling. Naturally, as we did eventually sell out, 13 drums came back in fashion a bit and we are getting requests for them once again. At this time, we have no plans to produce them again."

    So, it turns out I have a rare 1/100 drum! No, it doesn't have drool-worthy woodgrain, flashy inlays or a gloss lacquer finish, but don't let its utilitarian look fool you; this drum packs a punch! I tend to use it for outdoor gigs when extra volume is necessary. It's got all the best characteristics of wood and metal shells all in one, and it records absolutely beautifully.
    A versatile cast aluminum snare from a great American drum company? Yes, please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PercWorld View Post
    Lots of great cast aluminum snares being shown off lately, so here's mine: a 6"x13" Noble & Cooley Alloy Classic. I originally purchased this from the late Dennis Stauffer (of Phattie Drum Co. and Stauffer Percussion fame) in late 2011, just a few months before he died, and I believe it was one from his personal collection. I had always seen the 4.75"x14" and the 6"x14" available for sale, and I knew that they had made a 6"x13" 150th anniversary model, but this was the only one that showed up on my radar with regular spec lugs, and I haven't seen another one since. Ever curious, I decided to contact N&C last year to ask about it. This was the response from product specialist Nick Jones:

    "We initially offered it as a limited run snare in 2004 for our 150th anniversary. It had staggered single-point lugs on it and a special badge. They were quite popular and we sold through them quickly. Based on that, we decided to have a batch of, maybe, 100 produced in the standard configuration. During that time, 13” snares fell out of favorability as the trend seems to ebb and flow. We ended up with a pile of snares that were simply not selling. Naturally, as we did eventually sell out, 13” drums came back in fashion a bit and we are getting requests for them once again. At this time, we have no plans to produce them again."

    So, it turns out I have a rare 1/100 drum! No, it doesn't have drool-worthy woodgrain, flashy inlays or a gloss lacquer finish, but don't let its utilitarian look fool you; this drum packs a punch! I tend to use it for outdoor gigs when extra volume is necessary. It's got all the best characteristics of wood and metal shells all in one, and it records absolutely beautifully.
    A versatile cast aluminum snare from a great American drum company? Yes, please!
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    That's a really nice drum. I have the 6x14 version. What would really set that drum off is a pair of Yamaha aluminum diecast hoops; but they are becoming more difficult to find than unicorn poop

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    Two sets of TrueTone Snare Wires, just back from a [literally] hot date with a Dremel tool

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    Well, not exactly, but pretty close. Came across this on Reverb and the seller was awesome to work with. Ayotte Keplinger 14" x 6.5" Stainless Steel.

    I bought one brand new back in...probably 1996?...at a small shop in New Hampshire. Mine was a wood hoop version in the same size. Fun Fact - J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. lives locally and was there eyeballing it, and came back to grab it the day after I bought it.

    Recorded several studio albums with it and toured the US many times over. Got bored on a whim one night before a show outside of Boston and traded it to a shop for a DW Collector's Edition Maple. Glad to bring one of these home again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PercWorld View Post
    Lots of great cast aluminum snares being shown off lately, so here's mine: a 6"x13" Noble & Cooley Alloy Classic. I originally purchased this from the late Dennis Stauffer (of Phattie Drum Co. and Stauffer Percussion fame) in late 2011, just a few months before he died, and I believe it was one from his personal collection. I had always seen the 4.75"x14" and the 6"x14" available for sale, and I knew that they had made a 6"x13" 150th anniversary model, but this was the only one that showed up on my radar with regular spec lugs, and I haven't seen another one since. Ever curious, I decided to contact N&C last year to ask about it. This was the response from product specialist Nick Jones:

    "We initially offered it as a limited run snare in 2004 for our 150th anniversary. It had staggered single-point lugs on it and a special badge. They were quite popular and we sold through them quickly. Based on that, we decided to have a batch of, maybe, 100 produced in the standard configuration. During that time, 13” snares fell out of favorability as the trend seems to ebb and flow. We ended up with a pile of snares that were simply not selling. Naturally, as we did eventually sell out, 13” drums came back in fashion a bit and we are getting requests for them once again. At this time, we have no plans to produce them again."

    So, it turns out I have a rare 1/100 drum! No, it doesn't have drool-worthy woodgrain, flashy inlays or a gloss lacquer finish, but don't let its utilitarian look fool you; this drum packs a punch! I tend to use it for outdoor gigs when extra volume is necessary. It's got all the best characteristics of wood and metal shells all in one, and it records absolutely beautifully.
    A versatile cast aluminum snare from a great American drum company? Yes, please!
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    Damn that must be an awesome snare. I used the 14x4.75 when I was at uni and it was amazing. 13x6 must be nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Catchem View Post
    Well, not exactly, but pretty close. Came across this on Reverb and the seller was awesome to work with. Ayotte Keplinger 14" x 6.5" Stainless Steel.

    I bought one brand new back in...probably 1996?...at a small shop in New Hampshire. Mine was a wood hoop version in the same size. Fun Fact - J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. lives locally and was there eyeballing it, and came back to grab it the day after I bought it.

    Recorded several studio albums with it and toured the US many times over. Got bored on a whim one night before a show outside of Boston and traded it to a shop for a DW Collector's Edition Maple. Glad to bring one of these home again.

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    That's a very unique-looking snare. I would like to hear it; do you have any recordings of the new drum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    That's a very unique-looking snare. I would like to hear it; do you have any recordings of the new drum?
    It's an absolute cannon when you lean into it, but it's got a wildly sensitive response as well. A really unique metal sound - I'll be grabbing some sounds this weekend when I get my new audio interface up and running.

    This is pretty remarkably close to the "Superunknown" sound - Matt Cameron has played a 14" x 7" Keplinger for a long time.

    -C

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    This one is my main snare, black nickel over brass, good attack, and nice fat tone. 14" X 6.5" My small room snare is my stock 14" X 6.5" Pearl Roadshow
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