Need a good wood snare. Recommendations?

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  1. chappy

    chappy Well-Known Member

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    Hey y'all. I'm in the market for a strong performing wood snare. All of my current stable of snares are metal (an aluminum Slingy, two steel Tamas, and a COB Slingy). I'm leaning toward a 14" or 15" diameter drum. 6.5" depth or thereabouts. Something that can be crisp and also bring the big bottom. The Pearl Utility models have my attention, but I'm looking forward to your plethora of drum wisdom.

    Chappy
     
  2. RogersLudwig

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    Ludwig CM...aka LS403 6.5"x14" maple
     
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    aparker2005 DFO Master

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    Ludwig classic maple.
    Gretsch Rosewood. Tama if you can find one
    Pork Pie Cherry Bubinga.

    My top 3
     
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    Budget?
     
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    I've been impressed with some of the Tama SLP snares, and they are a good value too.
     
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    chappy Well-Known Member

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    Looking to spend around $200
     
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    Whatever you get, get second hand.
     
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    Ever owned a bronze snare?
     
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    gezz DFO Master

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    Like mine.. Classic Maple 6.5 deep in lime sparkle or pearl masters premium ( 4 ply with rings) IMAG0415.jpg 20180130_152103.jpg 20180130_152103.jpg
     
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    gezz DFO Master

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    Or a natal!!! Amazing drum!! with Canopus wires ... The dry ones.
    Crisp articulate and full tone 20180130_152027.jpg 20180130_152109.jpg
     
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    Lazmo Be excellent to each other...

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    I recently just happened to try out a Tama Soundworks 14x6.5 maple snare at my LDS. I just immediately had to have it and it was not expensive. I played it at a try out of a new singer for our band and our guitarist asked me... "is that a new snare? it sounds great"

    It has the Tama sticksavery style hoops, if that's a thing, not that I care.

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    I have a Ludwig Evolution Maple in blue. 14x6.5. They sound alot like the Classic Maple and they are made with 100% North American maple wood and they cost alot less. I bought my kit new last year and never played it. I like metal snares so it's brand new. Has a Classic clear snare side and classic clear batter. If you like and want that deep wood sound it's fantastic for that and it won't cost you what the classic Maple costs. If you are interested in buying it, for cheap PM me. I just have it sitting there.
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    Since you mentioned the Pearl Modern Utility, they had a 6.5 x 14 at my local shop a while back. I tuned it up a little and was really impressed. Then I grabbed a 6.5 x 14 Ludwig Classic Maple, tuned it up the same and couldn't believe my ears. There was a scintilla of a difference, so much that I called over two employees (both drummers) to listen. With their backs turned, they couldn't tell me which was which. I'll also echo what others have said about Tama's SLP line, great stuff!
     
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    I agree - get used......for $200, it will be a low-mid offering especially in 6.5".......there is a Tama artstar birch for $200 on MGR. For $150-175, I saw a few Gretsch Renown's that are 5x14. Some other snare brands there, too, for under $200.....
     
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    I second the used Renown suggestion. They are all over the place used, and are really nice snare drums. Very nice tuning range, and sound close to the USA custom IMO.
     
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    A Ludwig Classic Maple is my choice. I feel like you should be able to find a good deal on one, I tried to sell one last year and got no takers for months. Finally I had reduced it so much there was no point in selling it, so I decided to play with head choices and tuning and was VERY pleased with what results I got. I put an INDe strainer on it and now it's one of my favorite drums!
     
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    If money is not an issue, get yourself anything made by Craviotto.
    Recent new maple snare drums are out there for as little as $650. We have a "Johnnie C" 6.5x14 for $649.99.

    Stretch
     
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    +1 on Stretch's comment, although unfortunately your budget of around $200 won't get you into the Craviotto range. These solid shell maple snares are wonderful, so much so that after I bought my 6.5x14 "Johnny C," I got rid of my other snares. It plays well in all tuning ranges, is sensitive right out to the edge, and has a really nice cross stick sound.

    In addition to Ludwig Classic Maple snares that others have recommended, check out what INDe has to offer. I just got an email that they're discounting snares and kits that were on display at the winter NAMM show. Many on this site rave about them.
     
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    For something completely different. Look into the 15" Inde snare drums. They're all maple. That's the fastest route to something lower pitch and something different from what you have.
     

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