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    Why do there have to be so many different snare drums out there? Lol

    I'm going to be in the market for a new snare and in my research, came across this bad boy. Does anyone here have any experience with this snare? If so, what were your thoughts?
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    I have played them a couple times in stores, and really liked the drum. I didn’t have a chance to mess with the tuning all that much, but from the videos I have seen, I think you can get a pretty wide range out of it too.

    Fit and finish is really nice on them as well.

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    I also heard that if you buy one, Mr. Greb will come to your house and play a solo for your birthday party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -bongos- View Post
    I also heard that if you buy one, Mr. Greb will come to your house and play a solo for your birthday party.
    Sweet!!! Lol

    Well my birthday is in a couple weeks
    Mapex Saturn V Blue Red Hybrid Sparkle 4 pc
    Ludwig 6.5 x14 Black Beauty
    Tama SLP G Maple Snare
    Pearl Demon Drive double pedal
    Sabian 22" Paragon Ride
    Sabian 19" Paragon China
    Sabian 18" AAX Xplosion Crash
    Sabian 18" HHX Xplosion Crash
    Sabian 14" HHX Power Hats
    2 Wuhan 8" splash
    Sabian XSR Fast Stax

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    It's a snare drum that will sound like any other snare drum except you will pay more for it because it's a "Signature" model.

    As for the tuning range. With due respects to bongos, I can get a pretty wide tuning range out of my Supralite (probably the cheapest Ludwig snare) and I can get a wide range out of my Black Beauty Super Sensitive, probably Ludwig's most expensive snare, and all the 1's in between, from my Acrolite to my Black Magic. You just have to play around with them.
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    I understand the benefit of a wide tuning range, but honestly, once I have a snare adjusted to the sound and feel I like, I leave it alone. The head is such a big part of it that finding the right head is my biggest concern.
    -Brian

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    There is definitely a point of diminishing returns with drums. I pulled out all my snare drums recently, and played them side by side. And yes, they all sound like snare drums. There are some subtle differences in the collection, but not enough to warrant the 11 that I have.

    I think that the reason that I still look for more is that it is something that I like to collect. Some have cars, some have guns, and some collect stamps.

    I think quite a few of us have more drums than we would ever need, but it’s what makes me happy.

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    I agree with Rick, but if it makes you happy, sir, go for it!

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    "Some have cars, some have guns, and some collect stamps."

    In my youth, I used to collect blondes. The other stuff was way cheaper.
    Last edited by rickthedrummer; 12-20-2018 at 03:29 AM.
    YOU MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.

    YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU DON'T KNOW.

    VAE VICTIS

    VENI, VEDI, I WENT AND HAD SOME SCOTCH. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, DID I VICI.

    THEN IT HIT ME THAT I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT A FEW PORT- A - POTTY'S.

    IT WAS A LONG RIDE HOME. THE WOODS WERE OUT BECAUSE THE BEARS ARE THERE.

    DOES A BEAR POOP IN THE WOODS? YOU CAN BET YOUR BIPPY ON THAT.

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    I used to have the Greb snare for a while. It sure is a beautiful snare drum. Sounds great in both low, medium and high tunings. I have since sold it though. Most of Sonors snare drums sound good. Would I buy it again? No not for the money. I have had cheaper snare drums sound just as nice and the only reason I got it was that I did a drum set trade where I also got the Greb Snare drum.
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    Thanks for all the replies.....after much research and consideration...as well as financial....I've decided to pass on this drum....Going to get a 6.5 x 14 Black Beauty instead.
    Mapex Saturn V Blue Red Hybrid Sparkle 4 pc
    Ludwig 6.5 x14 Black Beauty
    Tama SLP G Maple Snare
    Pearl Demon Drive double pedal
    Sabian 22" Paragon Ride
    Sabian 19" Paragon China
    Sabian 18" AAX Xplosion Crash
    Sabian 18" HHX Xplosion Crash
    Sabian 14" HHX Power Hats
    2 Wuhan 8" splash
    Sabian XSR Fast Stax

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBowman View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.....after much research and consideration...as well as financial....I've decided to pass on this drum....Going to get a 6.5 x 14 Black Beauty instead.
    Excellent choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyByNight View Post
    Excellent choice
    +1

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    Black Beauty, great choice. 99% of my playing life was done with Black Beauty SS's and Supra's. They covered big band jazz (in college), obviously R&R, and a trio for about 1 1/2 years.

    All this crap about warmth, focus, depth, etc., etc.,etc., is just a bunch of crap geared to sell a given drum to you that will be different than any other snare drum on the market. BS, BS, BS.

    I've yet to hear a snare drum that gave me that warm fuzzy feeling inside that I had with my teddy bear when i was 2, nor did I feel like singing Kumbaya.

    It is, and will remain, A FREAKIN' SNARE DRUM. I had drummers, trained drummers, ask me numerous times, "What snare were you using?". My thoughts would be "What, as trained musicians (and more than a few worked in Music stores) you can't tell a Black Beauty SS from a Supra", shame, shame, but ,of course, the reason being IT'S A FREAKIN' SNARE DRUM.

    Rant over, G-O-D, do I feel so good, that is until the next time someone brings up this topic again, or some other topic, which, in reality, can't be completely resolved.

    Another scotch please, shaken, not stirred.
    YOU MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.

    YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU DON'T KNOW.

    VAE VICTIS

    VENI, VEDI, I WENT AND HAD SOME SCOTCH. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, DID I VICI.

    THEN IT HIT ME THAT I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT A FEW PORT- A - POTTY'S.

    IT WAS A LONG RIDE HOME. THE WOODS WERE OUT BECAUSE THE BEARS ARE THERE.

    DOES A BEAR POOP IN THE WOODS? YOU CAN BET YOUR BIPPY ON THAT.

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