Thoughts on Rogers Super 10's?

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  1. DanRH

    DanRH Old guy, getting younger

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    Please clarify just what they are. Are they merely a COB Powertone with 10 lugs? Worth picking one up? BTW, I friggen love both my Powertones (wood and COB ).
     
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    Supertens are COS not COB, but a nice thick steel shell that's well made and has a nice tone. More than worth picking up!
     
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    The Superten is a ten lug snare from the Rogers Fullerton era, versus eight lugs on the Swivomatic era Powertone. Supertens were available in both wood and steel (not aluminum) in all standard sizes. I have not played the steel model, but I have a 5" and 6.5" in 10 ply New England old growth rock maple (no re-rings). The wood models are rare (especially the 5"), but you can find the steel models often on auction sites.

    The verdict: I'm not a fan. I just don't like the dryness of a ten (or more) lug snare. My Supertens stay in the closet, right next to my wood and metal Dynasonics. :)

    I love my wood Powertones!
     
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    With respect to tommykat1's statements, I loved my SuperTen! I had the oval-badge version, around 1973-74. All original, except for heads and snare wires, which I purchased from Al Drew. Expertly formed bearing edges and snare beds, producing everything from good sensitivity with brushes to loud cracking back beats for rock! Here are some pictures of the drum, which I sold in January, 2016.

    -Mark
     

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    The steel shell super Super Ten is a marvel. The shell is really substantial, not wimpy like most of today's thin-shelled steel snares. Add in the Rogers strainer, the best ever made, IMO, and the internal tone control, and you have a fantastic drum. The attack is incredible, and so is the tonality and snare sensitivity.
     
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    As mentioned, I've never played a steel Superten, so I can't speak of their sound. I have only experience with wood Supertens. I have heard the COS version is outstanding. And, I might add, I've been close to pulling the trigger on eBay a couple of times!

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    TK, we share similar taste in our love for 8 lug drums vs 10 lug. I am also only interested in Covington built Rogers, so the whole Super 10 thing is lost on me.

    That being said, those are some beautiful drums, especially that 6.5”!
     
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    It has plenty of finesse and volume I can tell you that. I’m a Supra guy so that’s my go to 10 lug metal snare.
    It’s definetly a good bang for the buck and worth a try
     
  9. tommykat1

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    Thanks, PT. Yep, the 8 luggers--and even the 6 lug Luxor--are my favorites. I'm currently gigging a Duco Luxor with original wires. Great, articulate drum for brushes and quiet sticking!

    Speaking of XP10 models, the 5" is arguably the most rare of the Rogers snares, other than one-offs. They only made a dozen or so, and maybe another dozen 5" XP10 Dynas. This, according to John Cermenaro, the last Rogers employee, who shut the lights for the last time in July, 1984.
     
  10. DanRH

    DanRH Old guy, getting younger

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    Oh well, I got out-esniped!
     
  11. Latindrummer

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    Hi Tommykat1. Ill buy one of your Super ten if you are willing to sell.
     
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    There are fantastic steel snares like the TAMA seamless and SONOR ferro-manganese, but the Rogers Superten is , to me , THE ONE .
     
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    I had a COS Superten and felt like it was a snare for rudiment contest. Very sharp and clean. Not for blues or rock. Maybe for jazz or orchestra? Yes, well made and what you should expect from a 10 lug steel shell snare with very shallow snare beds. IMHO Ace
     

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