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    Hey all,

    So next on my GAS list is a new (or used) snare drum. I currently have the steel Stage Custom snare and both my son and I are not overly impressed with the sound. We are looking for a warmer sound, so we are thinking a wood shell. Any recommendations for a great sounding snare that doesn't break the bank? I would like to stay $300 or under. A couple in consideration already are the SLP Bubinga and the Pork Pie 13x7 vented. Any input is appreciated.

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    I'm a Pork Pie fan, but I've played their 13x7 vented. To say it's "intense" is an understatement. I'd start the search at Tama and Mapex. I've seen some OCD wood snares on sale recently. They seem to get good reviews and are very reasonable in price when found on sale.
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    I've always steered away from vented. They seem too dry sounding to me. If you guys want wood I'd say a nice maple would be a good choice. If you want what I like to think is "the best of both worlds" try a brass snare. They have good bite and volume but also the warmth. Bronze might have those characteristics too but don't know for sure, I know they're stupid expensive though.

    I have 2 Pearl brass snares one is a regular lug and the newer one is the FF version. Both are 6.5x14 and never disappoint live or in the studio. You can pretty much use any head and still get the warmth even a clear batter.
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    Thanks guys! I am going to try to get out this weekend and hit up the few stores in my area that stock some snares. Will try out all I can and see if I can find the sound we are looking for. I will try out some brass snares as well.
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Yeah I agree a Brass snare is pretty warm, and the Pork Pie Big Black snare is a great snare at a great price. You may even find one used, I got mine with a 15% off discount at GC.
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    I tell you what... I own over 40 snare drums... The Tama G-maple 13x7 is in my top 3 favorite snares and it's at a awesome price.
    That snare is so awesome I'll never sell it.
    It has the high end tight punch in the face I love but also being 7" deep it has the kick in the nuts to match.

    It's an all around just epic snare drum.
    19pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 8pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 5pc Gretsch Energy | 41 Snare drums and growing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    I tell you what... I own over 40 snare drums... The Tama G-maple 13x7 is in my top 3 favorite snares and it's at a awesome price.
    That snare is so awesome I'll never sell it.
    It has the high end tight punch in the face I love but also being 7" deep it has the kick in the nuts to match.

    It's an all around just epic snare drum.
    I don't have one, but I would sure like to have one! Tama S.L.P. series snare drums are great!

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    Thanks Guys,

    After listening to a bunch of youtube videos I am leaning towards the SLP Bubinga. I also liked the sound of the Mapex Armory Dillinger series, anybody have any experience with that snare? I am going out today to see what my local shops have in stock and really hoping to run across the Tama to try in person.
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    I tell you what... I own over 40 snare drums... The Tama G-maple 13x7 is in my top 3 favorite snares and it's at a awesome price.
    That snare is so awesome I'll never sell it.
    It has the high end tight punch in the face I love but also being 7" deep it has the kick in the nuts to match.

    It's an all around just epic snare drum.
    Thanks Spaz, I just went and watched a video of it and I will definitely try that one out as well. Nice sounding snare.
    Last edited by OldeEnglishD; 10-21-2017 at 07:48 AM.
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    So today we tried the SLP Bubinga, the Pork Pie Big Black Brass, and a 14x8 DW Performance Chrome over steel. All were very nice sounding, but right now we are leaning towards the Pork Pie. Had the best mixture of warmth and volume. We are going to another store tomorrow that tends to have more snares in stock (but is further away). Thanks again for the help guys!
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldeEnglishD View Post
    So today we tried the SLP Bubinga, the Pork Pie Big Black Brass, and a 14x8 DW Performance Chrome over steel. All were very nice sounding, but right now we are leaning towards the Pork Pie. Had the best mixture of warmth and volume. We are going to another store tomorrow that tends to have more snares in stock (but is further away). Thanks again for the help guys!
    Most people who play it feel the same way, it is a very versatile snare that sounds and feels like much higher end brass snares.
    DW Collectors

    Sonor Essential Force Birch

    Zildjian K Cymbals

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing.

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

    https://www.facebook.com/marcydriveband/ This is my band, please give a like.

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    I've read that the Worldmax Black Hawk and Black Brass series snares are very similar to the Pork Pie Brass - apparently they have the same shell, although the hardware may differ. They may be worth checking out if you get the chance.

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    So after playing on one and watching a ton more videos, WE are now leaning towards a good old Ludwig Acrolite. I was really surprised how well I liked the sound of this snare when tuned to a medium setting. Now the search begins for a used deal!
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Not sure how much different the student issue Black Galaxy Acrolites sound compared to a grey/silver one, but they're almost "buy-1-get-1-free" around here. I should probably buy one, just because...
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Do you know why I own 40 snares?! Because I can't make up my mind..
    Sounds like you may need to start a collection yourself hahahaha

    I stand behind Pork Pie 100%
    I own a Pork Pie kit and 6 or 7 snares.
    Absolutely love them all.
    19pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 8pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 5pc Gretsch Energy | 41 Snare drums and growing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldeEnglishD View Post
    So after playing on one and watching a ton more videos, WE are now leaning towards a good old Ludwig Acrolite. I was really surprised how well I liked the sound of this snare when tuned to a medium setting. Now the search begins for a used deal!
    Great choice! I have a Blue and Olive (B/O) badge Acrolite from the '80's and it sounds great. In my neck of the woods, I've seen the vintage Acrolite snares listed as low as $180 on my local CL. Good luck on the hunt!


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    I really like my Mapex Black Panther Blade snare drum. Inexpensive and sounds great.
    Six piece birch Mapex kit, a Black Panther Blade snare drum, Sabian cymbals, and Vater Drumsticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    Do you know why I own 40 snares?! Because I can't make up my mind..
    Sounds like you may need to start a collection yourself hahahaha

    I stand behind Pork Pie 100%
    I own a Pork Pie kit and 6 or 7 snares.
    Absolutely love them all.
    Slowly but surely I will start building it lol. I swear I fell in love with 5-8 snares over the last week.
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    Do you know why I own 40 snares?! Because I can't make up my mind..
    Sounds like you may need to start a collection yourself hahahaha

    I stand behind Pork Pie 100%
    I own a Pork Pie kit and 6 or 7 snares.
    Absolutely love them all.
    I never understood why some drummers own more than 1 or 2 snares. Somehow, in the last couple years, I've developed a snare addiction myself. I didn't see it coming, but I now understand.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Got a line on a used acrolite that my son and I are going to go look at tomorrow am. Will post pictures if we end up with it!
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Well I am the proud owner of an Acrolite. It needs some TLC/cleaning/new heads but overall in very good shape. B/O badge with pointed corners, serial number has it as a 1976 model I believe. Will post pictures once the refurbish job is done.
    Last edited by OldeEnglishD; 10-28-2017 at 11:42 AM.
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldeEnglishD View Post
    Well I am the proud owner of an Acrolite. It needs some TLC/cleaning/new heads but overall in very good shape. B/O badge with pointed corners, serial number has it as a 1976 model I believe. Will post pictures once the refurbish job is done.
    Great snare for the money.......................generally trouble-free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    Not sure how much different the student issue Black Galaxy Acrolites sound compared to a grey/silver one, but they're almost "buy-1-get-1-free" around here. I should probably buy one, just because...
    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    Great choice! I have a Blue and Olive (B/O) badge Acrolite from the '80's and it sounds great. In my neck of the woods, I've seen the vintage Acrolite snares listed as low as $180 on my local CL. Good luck on the hunt!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Great snare for the money.......................generally trouble-free.
    The Acrolite is a great snare. It has a wider tuning range than most drummers realize. The 1st 6 months I was here in NC, it's the snare I used on all my videos.

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    Well she is all done. There was some scuffs/mars/scars that we could do nothing about, but I would say we made her look 50-75% better. Used tar and bug remover on the shell to take off some of the crud and then finished off with warm soapy water, chrome polished the hoops and lugs to remove some rust, and soaked the tension rods in alcohol then cleaned the threads with steel wool. New heads (coated ambassador/hazy ambassador) and new tension rod washers put on. I still need to dial in the tuning, she doesn't sound bad just a little more ring than I want at the moment. It was awesome doing this with my son as well, it made him much more excited to play the drum once we finished. I will try to figure out how to post the before and after pictures here later today.
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    "she doesn't sound bad just a little more ring than I want at the moment"

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