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Recommend a cheap but good snare drum.

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Trevoire520, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Trevoire520

    Trevoire520 Member

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    Hey all, I'm looking to get a fairly decent but cheap snare for messing around with and to have on the odd occasion that a drummer turns up with a bag a shit snare drum to a recording session. I'm in Oz's camp in the sense that I like snares that go "snap/crack" not "ping"

    Looking to spend £100 or so, second hand as I'm pretty sure there'll be nothing worth looking at new in that kinda price range. Going to have a look around ebay/gumtree and see whats available.

    So what snares do you guys like? Any favourite brands? Seen a few Mapex M series and PDP snares on ebay for not alot of money, but if there's anything that's gonna be more bang for my buck then I'd like to hear about it.

    Also if there are any snares that you think are particularly crap for rock/punk/metal then let me know.

    cheers guys.
     
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    You can't ever go wrong with a Ludwig Supraphonic. Ever. I've bought/sold many a snare, but I'll never let go of my Supra. If that's slightly above your budget, a Ludwig Acrolite is a good substitute.

    A friend of mine uses a Yamaha Musashi oak snare, 7x13, and that thing cuts through guitars perfectly.
     
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    Very true, own one myself too.

    But I don't think you can get one for 100 pounds. You could, of course, save some more and get a Supra that probably costs like 300 pounds at eBay, you wouldn't regret it.
     
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    DolphinSplatter What it is, Bullhorn

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    that yamaha musashi is fucking awesome
     
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    KeithTidd Robot Penis.

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    all great choices. I would also thrown in some of the smaller DDrum snares, i think they're pretty cheap and sound great.
     
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    Rob Logic yayyyyyy!

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    I bought the Pacifica "ace" snare about 8 months ago. Sounds incredible with new heads and such. Some of the lugs are kind of stubborn but the tone is great.
     
  7. Trevoire520

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    Thanks for the input guys, been having a look around today and I think I'm gonna do a bit of stretching of the budget. Once you hit £200-£300 there seems to be alot more choice and the quality looks much better. Quite liking the look of some of the black panthers.

    Keep the suggestions coming :)
     
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    black panthers tend to be pretty rock solid if you can find the right dimensions for you.
     
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    A good snare is definitely worth saving for a little longer for IMO. I'm not a drummer but the supraphonics have been the most consistently awesome IME.
     
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    TRA Just another nobody

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    The Pork Pie Little Squealer is pretty nice for the money.
     
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    Morgan C MAX LOUD PRESETS¯\(°_o)/¯

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    I use a Pearl Brass Freefloater. Its 3rd hand and like 20 years old so there are some problems with outdated parts n stuff but the tone is incredible (used on all my samples). I think its around $600AU new..? So maybe 2-300 Euros new, I don't know. The best thing about a freefloater is the massive tuning range, it can go really tight and poppy like LoG and really low and still sound decent. Non-freefloating snares have a really restricted tuning range that they sound good in.
     
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    lolzgreg Cereal Shipping Sneapster

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    Pork Pie Big Black Bob snare (Black Beauty-esque). It's a great snare and OzNimbus would agree.
     
  13. Trevoire520

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    Wow quite a few more replies. Thanks guys!

    Been digging around some drum forums & gearslutz etc, alot of people are saying that a Ludwig Supraphonic is the way to go for a first studio snare, so I'm gonna be keeping my eye out on ebay for one of them.
    Totally love the Pork Pie Big Black Bob samples that KeithTR99 has posted so thats definitely a contender.

    Drummer for my band is needing new cymbals (his got stolen :( ) so me and him are gonna hit some drum shops in the next couple of weeks, try loads of stuff out. Also I know one of the guys who works in Drum Central in Edinburgh as I recorded his band a couple of months ago so hopefully between us spending alot of cash and me knowing him we might get a hefty discount :D
     
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    trandafir filimon New Metal Member

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    Hello

    Someone can help me with this sample . Pork Pie Little Squealer ; PORK III . I just download from Seraph and sound like...
     

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