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Unread 10-16-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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I need a new snare

I've playing drums for a year and a half now and the snare drum in my Pearl Forum series set isn't that great. I think that for Christmas this year I want to upgrade it. I have to do my research now so that when my grandparents ask me what I'd like I can tell them. I'd like a versatile snare that would work for rock, jazz and metal (the styles I play). I'm going to piece together a Vistalite drum set around it one drum at a time, but I don't want the snare to be a Vistalite. Obviously I really dig John Bonham's sound or I may not have been into the Vistalite thing.
My absolute maximum budget is $400, but I'd like to stay as close as I can to the $300-$350 used category.

This is the snare I'm thinking about right now, but if you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear them. http://drums-percussion.musiciansfri...rum?sku=446280

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Since it looks like you're in the market for a big snare, have you considered something vintage like a 60s Slingerland chrome-over-brass (COB)?
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Since it looks like you're in the market for a big snare, have you considered something vintage like a 60s Slingerland chrome-over-brass (COB)?
Yeah, my Dad had one of those when he was in elementary school. I hadn't actually considered it until now, but I'll check it out.
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Yeah, my Dad had one of those when he was in elementary school. I hadn't actually considered it until now, but I'll check it out.
My drummer has a late 60s Slingerland COB in 6.5" x 14". It has an absolutely massive tone to it due to the size and design. IIRC they are typically a 10 lug design (though I may be off...it may only be 8).
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Pear Free floater

I think the pear free floater is the most versatile snare out there since you can swap out the shells to whatever you want. I have the 5x14 in brass and maple. Can't beat it. You can also get birch, steel and copper shells for it.
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