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    If you had this amount to spend on a special snare drum - what would you buy and why?

    Just curious - hopefully we'll see some interesting choices.

    I picked $800 because it's nicely under $1,000 and there should be some pretty good drums out there for that amount.

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    Kona

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    Rogers 1965 Powertone, 5x14, Red Wine Ripple. .......It will be on the way soon as the post office finds my payment, or refunds me.

    And its beautiful.

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    id get a custom made brass from sjc
    play till the day i die. it makes more sense that way.

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    Ludwig Black Beauty from the 70s.
    Dustin Lee Burgess
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    Probably a Reference Snare
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    14inch 2002 series Sound Edge Hi-hats
    16inch and 18inch Signature series Fast crashes
    20inch 3000 series Ride
    18inch PST5 series China

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin View Post
    Ludwig Black Beauty from the 70s.
    +1

    Engraved Black Beauty, if you can find one that cheap.

    • 1966 4-piece Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl
    • 2000 8-piece DW Collector's Grey Swirl
    • 2002 8-piece Pearl Masterworks GB Packer Gold
    • 2008 8-piece Tama B&B Lava Glass Glitter
    • Paiste Signature 12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22
    • Paiste Formula 602 14, 14, 16, 18, 20


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    I think it depends on where you are in your snare collection. If you have a bunch of great snares then $800.00?
    I would be looking at:
    • Ludwig:
    • Black Beauty
    • Exotics
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    If you are just getting going then you are looking at the abilty to pick up 2 or maybe 3 great must have snares like a Ludwig Supraphonic and a few nice wood ones.
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    Without sounding sarcastic, my first "knee jerk" reaction would be to find two really nice $400 snares.

    Discounting that, I highly recommend a TAMA Warlord Masai. I own/have owned everything from steel to Maple to bubinga. In my personal side by side comparisons, nothing sounds as good as the Masai. Tune low and it tremors, tune it high and it pops. At all register levels the rim shot is cutting but not dominating.

    Plus, it's a beautiful drum and comes with a top of the line solid hard case for transporting.

    I've found as nice of snare drums in that price range but none came with the hard case.

    Dollar for dollar value I can't find a better investment. JMHO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Without sounding sarcastic, my first "knee jerk" reaction would be to find two really nice $400 snares.

    Discounting that, I highly recommend a TAMA Warlord Masai. I own/have owned everything from steel to Maple to bubinga. In my personal side by side comparisons, nothing sounds as good as the Masai. Tune low and it tremors, tune it high and it pops. At all register levels the rim shot is cutting but not dominating.

    Plus, it's a beautiful drum and comes with a top of the line solid hard case for transporting.

    I've found as nice of snare drums in that price range but none came with the hard case.

    Dollar for dollar value I can't find a better investment. JMHO!
    Good one Bish!

    *Sorry Kona, but I had to take out the commercial link. The forum rules don't allow them - PB*

    I'll be checking it out for sure.

    Lots of good drums here everyone.

    Excellent replies ! keep them coming.......please.

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    DW 7"x14" 10 & 6 maple snare drum.

    Or Vintage Ludwig Black Beauty, if one could be had for around that price!
    Last edited by backtodrum; 10-29-2008 at 11:25 AM.

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    Definitely a 6.5x14 Black Beauty, I'd look for a 70s B/O badge to match my set.

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    I would never pay $800 for a snare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    I would never pay $800 for a snare.
    Me neither. I own a $1000 snare drum (MSRP) but I only paid $450 for it. If I were looking at an $800 snare, I would expect to buy it for around $350. And there ARE plenty of deals out there if you look hard enough.

    My local drum shop has at least 20 snares on display priced between $140 and $400.
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    I too would go for 2 maybe 3 different snares for the money

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    Black B or a used Neil Peart sinature DW.

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    My choice , if I had the 800 bucks..........I would spend the money on building a custom snare .

    Get the size I want , the finish I want , the hoops I want , the hardware I want , the wires I want , and the satifaction of enjoying what I just put together .

    Maybe even have some of that mulla left over for other toys .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norske View Post
    Me neither. I own a $1000 snare drum (MSRP) but I only paid $450 for it. If I were looking at an $800 snare, I would expect to buy it for around $350. And there ARE plenty of deals out there if you look hard enough.

    My local drum shop has at least 20 snares on display priced between $140 and $400.
    What you could do is take the $800 and buy a very special $2,000 + snare. I think you should be able to get your money's worth then - right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonefishin View Post
    My choice , if I had the 800 bucks..........I would spend the money on building a custom snare .

    Get the size I want , the finish I want , the hoops I want , the hardware I want , the wires I want , and the satifaction of enjoying what I just put together .

    Maybe even have some of that mulla left over for other toys .

    YES !

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    Yesterday I responded to this thread without really reading all of the posted comments. Today I have read them all just to see what everyones opinions were on this subject, I find it interesting that allot of you like me want a vintage Ludwig black beauty too.

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    There's an outfit called Joyful Noise that is making some pretty sweet snares with awesome engraving. Just saw them at Fork's Drum Closet the other day, and at $1,300 retail, it would probably fit into this category.
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    I think I would go for a black Panther. I know there are better drums out there but for some reason I really like the sound of those.
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    id try for a custom 13 x 7 maple or birch or bubinga


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    Spaun Swiss cheese edgevent snare... might be a lil/lot over $800 not sure... but looks amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    I would never pay $800 for a snare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Redneck View Post
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    Then - with the money - buy 2, 3 or 4 snare drums..........say some really nice 10 and 13 inch drums and maybe a a few 14" one that you like - mix it up.

    $900 will buy some nice equipment -right?

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