Re: New snare - Steeel, Brass or wood???
I'd go with brass, and of the brass snares on the market, I'm of the belief that you don't need to spend a lot of dough to get a great sounding drum, and with that in mind the Pearl Sensitone Elite is a great buy IMO. For me, I like shorter snares, so I'd go with the 5" rather than the 6.5" - I've always had better luck getting shorter snares tuned to a point where I like how they sound, and they can be every bit as loud as a deeper snare. It's the tone of the snare that will give you the cut you are looking for rather than the size.
If you've got the money to spare, you could check into a Ludwig Black Magic or even a Black Beauty, but I think the Pearl would give you everything you need and then some.
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