Alright, I'm looking to get a new snare and I'm. It looking to spend that much. I have a 4 pc. Mapex Meridian maple kit. Currently playing in a garage band, with influences from The Sonics, and The Stooges, to The Black Lips, and The Dead Weather. Currently, I've been borrowing my buddy's Black Galaxy Acrolite and it sounds great. I really like it, and I can pickup a used, even vintage one for right around $100. But I can also pickup a Pork Pie Vented Maple 13x7 snare for $100 as well. I haven't played this Pork Pie personally but I have played others and really liked them, and another friend of mine has that pork pie and likes it a lot, but he plays for metal/core music, which I really have no interest in. So my question is, overall, what's best for me? I know they're two completely different snares, one aluminum and one maple, but still curious. My only concern is that the Pork Pie might be too loud to use when I'm playing a little quieter by myself, other than that, I'm right in the middle of the two.