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  1. bangin since '95

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    The nicest sounding wood snare is probably my Pearl Masters MHX.

    It's not the most versatile, as it really only sounds good in the medium to lower registers, but when you dial it in, it's got some wow factor.

    The most versatile one I own currently is my SLP G Bubinga and I love that snare. I think it really needs an undampened single ply head on it, but otherwise it sounds killer.

    One of my favorites was a DW Performance Series snare that I owned for a bit. I'll give DW tons of flack for other things, but they can make one hell of a snare drum. You can tune it all over the place, and even go up pretty high with it before it'll choke. My other DW that I've had for a bit is a collectors oak, and while it's nice, it only sounds good in certain situations. Doesn't record all that well, which is surprising for an oak drum.
    Tama Starclassic Bubinga in Satin Aztec Gold Metallic -Sabian Cymbals-Pro-Mark Sticks-Remo Drumheads

  2. Dalmi Joedi - Jedi

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    Wow. I don’t recall seeing that one. Is that Birdseye a la the CZX finish?
    This surprises me as it’s been in my arsenal for 15 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    It's a very nice drum, and you're keeping it very nice. I see many older GMS drums with much more deterioration, like on the hardware and badge... not yours.]
    Thanks. When I bring it on the road with me it’s always indoors, never left in the van, and at home I have a dehumidifier running. That’s all I do though.

  3. PDF 8a5h1ng T3am C4p

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    My repertoire of woodd snare drums is rather limited, but I'm very fond of my 6.5x14" Yamaha Oak Custom. I believe it has an Evans EC Reverse Dot over an Evans Clear Snare-side 300.

  4. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale w miller View Post
    This surprises me as it’s been in my arsenal for 15 years.



    Thanks. When I bring it on the road with me it’s always indoors, never left in the van, and at home I have a dehumidifier running. That’s all I do though.
    I was busy ogling the CBG kit.
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  5. Registered User

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    Not exotic as some previously mentioned but I have 4 wood snares. Pearl LE Vision 14x5.5 - Pearl Session SSC Birch / Kapur 14x 6.5 - Pearl MCX Select Maple 14x5.5 and Pearl MCX Select Maple 14 x 6.5.

    The 6.5 MCX & SSC are my favorites. The maple is warm and the birch a bit more punchy!



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  6. Drumming Since 1943

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    Who did that model?!
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  7. Thwunk

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    Yamaha Bamboo Custom 5.5" x 14"
    Routinely gets sound engineers looking at it lecherously as soon as I hit it. It's the best wood snare I've played by a mile. I used to have the 6.5" too, but much preferred the 5.5.".

    The only other wood snare I have at them moment is the Pearl Mahogany Classic that Skeld posted. Beautiful drum, especially at a lower tuning.

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    HHX hats, K crashes, K & Bosphorus rides
    Snares: Yamaha Bamboo Custom 5.5x14 / Ludwig Black Beauty 5x14, COB Supraphonic 6.5x14 / Pearl Mahogany Classic Limited Edition / Sonor D505
    Pearl Reference Pure (matte walnut) / SonorLite (Scandinavian birch)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    Who did that model?!
    I don't remember. It was shipped a LONG way. Indonesia if I remember correctly. It cost as much for shipping as the actual kit.

    There are some guys that do them in the States.

    Our very own Al.P had one too. I think his was a Peter Criss kit.

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    To date, this little gem.

    14x5.5 Using a Keller vintage mahogany shell with DFD hardware. The shell is a poplar/maple core sandwiched between inner and outer mahogany layers with maple re-rings. Nice fat crisp sound with medium to high tuning.
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  10. Miles Gibbons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodelling_Sheep View Post
    Yamaha Bamboo Custom 5.5" x 14"
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    This is one of those unicorn drums I've always got my eye out for.

  11. Playing since 1976

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWH View Post
    To date, this little gem.

    14x5.5” Using a Keller vintage mahogany shell with DFD hardware. The shell is a poplar/maple core sandwiched between inner and outer mahogany layers with maple re-rings. Nice fat crisp sound with medium to high tuning.
    Very nice job, putting this drum together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Very nice job, putting this drum together!
    Thank you sir.
    I thought about doing a whole set with these shells, they are fantastic!

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