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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / New snare? which one? :/

andrewginger music


whall's son
Jul 27th, 2011 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

im thinking about getting a new snare for my acoustic kit. The one I have right now is total crud. The head needs replacing, and the dampiner thingy on the inside has snapped off. the snares on the bottom are also pretty run-down. I thought "i might as well invest in a new snare". does anybody know of any good snares in a cheap price range?



Jul 28th, 2011 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

If secondhand is OK... look for a Ludwig Acrolite or Ludwig Supraphonic.

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Connecticut USA

Klaus & The Rooster have been there, too
Jul 28th, 2011 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Heads, snare wires and dampers are all easily replaceable. You may want to consider taking this route before buying a new or used snare drum. For the cost of a few parts and an hour or two of your time, you just might be able to turn “total crud” into “totally amazing.”

That being said, I tend to prefer wood shells for their warmth. On the low-budget end, check out Yamaha’s Stage Custom birch snares and Tama’s Starclassic birch/bubinga snares.



Jul 28th, 2011 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I agree with garp... you may as well fix what you have.

New heads and snares is not much dosh.

A bit of moon jell, some gaffa or a segment of a zero ring can tame a ringy drum.

andrewginger music


whall's son
Jul 28th, 2011 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

garp and Lazmo, ive considered getting replacement parts. But I also didn't care much for the sound when i first started using it. Even when I adjusted and tweaked it a little.

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Connecticut USA

Klaus & The Rooster have been there, too
Jul 28th, 2011 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Then I rest my case.

If you’re able, try to play some metal snares and some wood snares to determine which appeals to you more. And happy shopping.

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 1st, 2011 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really like the Pearl Vision snare for an inexpensive drum. Very tuneable. Looks great.

See my "I built a snare drum" thread. Doing something like that would cost a bit more but you have total control of the process.

+1 on the Ludwig snares mentioned above. I had a mid '60s Acrolite in the mid 60s.

MacReverb II
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Watervliet, NY

Sep 22nd, 2011 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I find Ludwig Supraphonics warmer than any wood snare I've ever heard. If I could have one snare in the world it would be a 5x14 Supraphonic. I got mine used for $160 a year ago. Might be more than you want to spend but you will never need another snare.



Sep 22nd, 2011 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 --- "If I could have one snare in the world it would be a 5x14 Supraphonic"

Luckily I have one... and the best thing is the guy sold it to me for $100Aus... I couldn't hand him the money fast enough ;-)


Las Vegas

Well........alright, then.
Jul 31st, 2012 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Markley makes amazing snares.




Aug 7th, 2012 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good and cheap are a tough combo, but why not treat yourself to something nice like a Rogers Dynasonic. I own more of them than I care to admit, but they are fantastic and the prices they are going for these days are a steal.

They can be found for a few hundred (the last one my Dad bought was a complete 5 inch script logo for $100)

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Aug 8th, 2012 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe I'm just easy to please, but I've got a Tama Imperialstar snare that sounds pretty darn good to me. They can be had used for $70 or so, all day long.



Aug 9th, 2012 01:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tama is good

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