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  1. Purple Crazed

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    They were a must-have for me . . .

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    Pearl Purple Craze Reference Series
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  2. Purple Crazed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchLyons View Post
    Let me know if you ever decide to sell one of those
    . . . but I will let you know if that day ever comes Mitch!

    Pearl Purple Craze Reference Series
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    Pearl 14x5 Wine Red Maple and Copper Free Floating Snares
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  3. life start at 125bpm

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    nice reference family RG1820 X


    if it wasn't of the fact the strident ring displayed by most steel snares i've heard to this day always sounded harsh to me ears , i would be easily able to snatch a ref steel because they're more commonly found in the local ads than its brass counterpart . maybe with a different head and tuning than what i'm used to would change my mind about it.
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  4. Purple Crazed

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollracer View Post
    nice reference family RG1820 X


    if it wasn't of the fact the strident ring displayed by most steel snares i've heard to this day always sounded harsh to me ears , i would be easily able to snatch a ref steel because they're more commonly found in the local ads than its brass counterpart . maybe with a different head and tuning than what i'm used to would change my mind about it.
    The only steel snare that I can compare it to is the Chad Smith model. I have an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot head on it with a Moon Gel. Although I haven't noticed a harsh ring (maybe I have noise-induced hearing loss at that frequency), I haven't given it any extended playtime - I should get some time in the next two weeks. I am also curious if other Reference Steel snares (14x5 and/or 14x6.5) have the harsh ring.

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    Pearl 14x5 Wine Red Maple and Copper Free Floating Snares
    Pearl 10x6.2 Mangini Signature Snare
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    Quote Originally Posted by RG1820X View Post
    They were a must-have for me . . .

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    Really nice instruments!
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    RGX,

    Nice looking snares
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  7. Purple Crazed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Really nice instruments!
    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    RGX,

    Nice looking snares
    Thanks Matt and MM! Some people here might sympathize with me when I say I wear gloves when I move them

    Pearl Purple Craze Reference Series
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    Pearl 14x5 Wine Red Maple and Copper Free Floating Snares
    Pearl 10x6.2 Mangini Signature Snare
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  8. life start at 125bpm

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    Quote Originally Posted by RG1820X View Post
    Thanks Matt and MM! Some people here might sympathize with me when I say I wear gloves when I move them
    this might be the reference virus. i too take extra care when i handle my reference snare drum lol...maybe a reflex instilled by the weight of the 20 plies drum. it's heavy,and you don't want it slipping off your paws then banging on the tile floor .
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  9. I'll Fear no evil!!!

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    Hey guys thanks for the replies! The Reference is on my list for next snare! Shame is so expensive here! I found a second hand snare but unfortunately I just don’t like the colour , want to get the one I really like! I have been playing with a Gretsch steel cast and a Gretsch bell brass snare here at Uni and they sound so beautiful, I believe the Reference is just the same game! Funny enough the Gretsch are easier to find and cheaper around here! You guys that are on a search, hope you grab yours soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giuliano Kolling View Post
    Hi guys, would like the opinion of Reference snare players out there! I always wanted to have one, is like my dream snare, but the price always scared me! I have a Eric Singer and a Tico Torres snare which I really love and I believe they do the job very well! My point is , is the Reference snare a must have? Would it have such a difference in quality and sound? Cheers
    I had to substitute my Pearl Reference snare with my Rogers Dynasonic during a repair episode. When I started playing, it was hard to tell the difference. Both were tuned the same. If I were a collector I might say the Reference is a must, but I'm no collector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giuliano Kolling View Post
    Hi guys, would like the opinion of Reference snare players out there! I always wanted to have one, is like my dream snare, but the price always scared me! I have a Eric Singer and a Tico Torres snare which I really love and I believe they do the job very well! My point is , is the Reference snare a must have? Would it have such a difference in quality and sound? Cheers
    Quote Originally Posted by AL PERCIVAL View Post
    Don't forget the Reference steel and brass series
    Quote Originally Posted by RG1820X View Post
    I have a 14x5 20-ply, a 14x5 brass, & a 14x5 steel. They are really nice snares but I bought them before the price increase. Out of the three, I play the brass model more often and the steel model the least. They have a large dynamic range, but they are still sensitive a lower volumes when finesse is required. I think I am going to swap them again tonight just for fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Really nice instruments!
    I concur with these good sirs and their comments.

    I too own the Eric Singer 14x6.5 and also the Ref 14x6.5 brass, and did own the Ref 14x5 20 ply snare. I let the 20 ply go when I sold my Ref kit, not because it was a bad snare, but because I decided I didn't need it with the other snares I had. I won't call it a one trick pony as some do, but the rest of my collection is more than adequate. It wasn't a choice between the 3 snares I have mentioned but if I had to choose to lose one the ES and RFB stay in my rack every day.

    Good luck in your hunt!

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    I'm looking into a brass or steel myself. I have the 20 Ply and it is my go to... Cutting, with a very nice crack. Sounds insane tuned high or low. I have played with snare wires and heads forever on it. 40 wires this thing was too sensitive and buzzy, but it's nice to know I can get it like that. I have used it on multiple albums and gigs.. I will never get rid of it.... Price is my issue as well or I'd own all 3, but I recommend the reference snare.

    Be warned, the 20 ply, and steel/brass snares are heavy. lol

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