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vyacheslav 06-26-2019 10:33 PM

The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Greetings,

I was thinking about this question after the "Most Recorded Snare" thread that was posted recently. If you had to name five snare drums that every drummer should have, what would you say?

This isn't necessarily YOUR 5 favorite snares, but other considerations should be factored in, like popularity, longevity in the market place, versatility, famous endorsers etc. You know, the "Iconic" factor! :cool:

Considering the points above, for me, of the 5 snares every drummer should have, 3 of them would be basically no brainers: A Ludwig Supraphonic, A Ludwig Black Beauty and a Ludwig Acrolite. Those all fit the popularity, versatility and longevity (and iconic) factors to a T.

My fourth would be a Rogers Dynasonic, and I'm not sure what my fifth would be. Slingerland Radio King? Slingerland Sound King? Some other "Boutique" type snare, like a Brady Jarrah or a Craviotto? Yamaha brass piccolo (popularized by Vinnie and Weckl)? Fibes (popularized by Buddy)? Pearl Jupiter (Copeland)? Ludwig Super Sensitive? Jazz Fest? Pioneer? It's tough choice, at least for me. I'm going to say a Radio King to round out my five.

How about your five?

Romulus 06-26-2019 10:40 PM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
For me it is no particular order:
Pearl Jupiter 6.5x14
Pearl free floater 6.5x14 (versatility) brass or maple rings
Ludwig Supraphonic 6.5x14 keystone badge with baseball bat muffle throw
Gretsch 4160 cob round or 1st Gen SSB
Rogers Dynasonic wood Cleveland era

grantro 06-27-2019 12:12 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Here is my list:

1) Rogers Superten
2) Ludwig Supra
3) Ludwig Acrolite
4) Slingerland Hollywood Ace
5) Sonor D506

Cheers

steff 06-27-2019 02:12 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
mine, to play traditional jazz, some of them i do not own anymore...

1) Slingerland Radio King
2) Gretsch Round Badge
3) Leedy and Strupe 1930's
4) Ludwig 1920's Solid shell
5) Ludwig 1920's Black Beauty

^_^

TheElectricCompany 06-27-2019 07:49 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
An Acrolite, a 402, a Jazz Fest and a 5-inch Black Beauty.

BosLover 06-27-2019 08:02 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vyacheslav (Post 448220)
Greetings,

I was thinking about this question after the "Most Recorded Snare" thread that was posted recently. If you had to name five snare drums that every drummer should have, what would you say?

This isn't necessarily YOUR 5 favorite snares, but other considerations should be factored in, like popularity, longevity in the market place, versatility, famous endorsers etc. You know, the "Iconic" factor! :cool:

Considering the points above, for me, of the 5 snares every drummer should have, 3 of them would be basically no brainers: A Ludwig Supraphonic, A Ludwig Black Beauty and a Ludwig Acrolite. Those all fit the popularity, versatility and longevity (and iconic) factors to a T.

My fourth would be a Rogers Dynasonic, and I'm not sure what my fifth would be. Slingerland Radio King? Slingerland Sound King? Some other "Boutique" type snare, like a Brady Jarrah or a Craviotto? Yamaha brass piccolo (popularized by Vinnie and Weckl)? Fibes (popularized by Buddy)? Pearl Jupiter (Copeland)? Ludwig Super Sensitive? Jazz Fest? Pioneer? It's tough choice, at least for me. I'm going to say a Radio King to round out my five.

How about your five?

In the '60s my one and only snare drum back then was a 5x14 Ludwig Supraphonic.

Mr.Toast 06-27-2019 08:11 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany (Post 448227)
An Acrolite, a 402, a Jazz Fest and a 5-inch Black Beauty.

Thats only four!

thejohnlec 06-27-2019 08:38 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Given that the original post is not necessarily indicative of my personal list, but a general cross section of snares based on versatility, usage, and desirability, I'd have to say:

Ludwig Supra 6.5"
Slingerland Radio King
Rogers Dynasonic
Ludwig Acrolite 5"
Yamaha brass piccolo

Some of these I own, some I don't :) I think you could cover a lot of sonic ground with these, and still have a collection that is desirable from a collector standpoint.

leedybdp 06-27-2019 10:28 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
I think that I already own the five snare drums that will offer me the sounds I seek for any type of music except for marching band playing. They are: 1) Leedy 5x14 Shelly Manne wood shell; (2) Camco Tuxedo 5x14 wood shell; ((3) Slingerland 4x13 wood shell Radio King; (4) Walberg & Auge Perfection 5x14 wood shell; (5) And, just because I might occasionally want a metal shelled snare drum--Rogers Powertone 5x14 chrome over brass. I would also keep a desperation spare snare drum in the car just in case something bad happens with my choice of drum for the gig along with an extra bass drum pedal and hi-hat stand . That would probably be my 5x14 Blakro Ludwig.

TheElectricCompany 06-27-2019 10:33 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Toast (Post 448230)
Thats only four!

A wildcard for the fifth spot, then. :)


Mr.Toast 06-28-2019 10:11 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany (Post 448240)
A wildcard for the fifth spot, then. :)

A&F Drum Co. 6x28 GONG Snare Open Low Tuning - YouTube

I didn't know that Abercrombie and Fitch even made drums...that makes me like the smell of that store in the mall a little better.

But seriously, that gong snare is wild!

O-Lugs 06-28-2019 01:40 PM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Supra
Acrolite
Black Beauty
Dynasonic
Radio King

*Gretsch Gladstone -just because

vintagemore2000 06-28-2019 01:56 PM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Ludwig Supra 402.
Slingerland Soundking 6 1/2x14"
Slingerland Radio King, 5 1/2x14"
Ludwig Buddy Rich 5 1/2x14"
Ludwig Ray Mckinley 6 1/2x14"

DrumBob 07-01-2019 08:18 PM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Ludwig Supraphonic, Acrolite and Black Beauty
Slingerland Radio King
Rogers Dynasonic

Starship Krupa 07-08-2019 08:23 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
For me, after a couple we may all agree on, it's not about specific ones so much as flavors.


First, one must have an Acrolite (any finish). I have to force myself not to put mine on the stand, because if I do, my other nice snares won't ever get played. Desert Island snare.


Next is a flavor. 14x5.5 woody with re-rings, '50's Ringo style. This can be a WFL Swingster/Barrett Deems/Ludwig Jazz Festival or a Slingerland Hollywood Ace, or a smaller builder, but this is an essential tone color for me. I have a Deems (I think)


Another flavor. 14x5.5 brass. I have the Gene Krupa Sound King that goes with my New Rock Outfit, but something similar from another source would do. Brass Supra?



Next flavor is more flexible, I like to have a 14x6.5 around for when I want to go deep and thunderous. The one I have now is a Ludwig Rocker II and I love the sound, so I'll say anything in a nice plywood with no rings. Gretsch perhaps?



Last....hmm, I dunno, maybe add an aluminum Supraphonic in 6.5 for crack and boom, but y'know? Gimme the first or second one on my list and I'll play any gig. The other three are just to add variety if I get tired of looking at the main two!

human71 07-10-2019 01:35 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Here are my picks. Pretty much all the snare drums you'll need to cover every style and job.

Ludwig supraphonic 5x14
Ludwig 71 acrolite 5x14
Tama Superstar Bell Brass Mastercraft 6.5x14
Sonor SQ2 heavy beech 5.5x13
Sonor Phonic Beech Reissue Rosewood 5x14

leedybdp 07-10-2019 07:31 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
This thread is all about our personal opinions . It's interesting that so many of the people, who responded to list the five snare drums they consider to cover the entire musical spectrum, listed two or three drums that are quite redundant. I would bet that most of those same people make frequent use of a piccolo or popcorn snare drum. Yet, they didn't include one in their lists.

O-Lugs 07-10-2019 09:31 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
That wasn't the OP's question. The OP's question was..."If you had to name five snare drums that every drummer should have, what would you say?"

There was no reference to "musical spectrum" or anything like that. The question could be applied to many aspects of ownership -not just what "musical spectrum" they cover. Investment potential, for example.

leedybdp 07-11-2019 09:55 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
I stand corrected about my response to the question. I did, indeed, list the snare drums that I would want (and currently own) in my drum arsenal. Although the wood shell snare drums of the same size would seem to be redundant, they each have different sonic properties. I suppose that lovers of the different Ludwig metal snare models feel the same way about those drums. So, those of you listing three or more of them already understand this rationale. I think that the lists we all posted are very interesting.

O-Lugs 07-11-2019 10:15 AM

Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares
 
Yes I agree with you about different nuances in drums the same size and material.....But, in all honesty....(and this may just be my opinion....but I doubt it)...A snare drum, by its design, is a very attenuated drum. The snare wires (engaged) act to dampen and shorten the length of decay of the note. After that, the overall sound produced is a matter of the harmonic overtones and the way you tension the heads and all that other "stuff". I would venture to say that I could take my Acrolite (just for example) and make it sound indiscernible from many other snare drums in a blindfold test, just by tensioning the heads in different ways. So, to me, within reasonable parameters, many snare drums can be set up to sound like many other snare drums.
If a person was to sit and put a snare drum under a sonic microscope (so-to-speak) and just tap that one drum and listen for some kind of definitive "voice" or tone from a given drum, then I'm sure there would be detectable differences...But, in a drum set application, a snare drum's sound takes on an entirely different interaction. And, because of this, I believe the only way to set up a snare drum for a drum set application, is to tune it within the parameters of that given set of drums and then utilize it in an inclusive way -as opposed to isolating the snare drum and trying to determine how it sounds, by itself....UNLESS, of course, you are an orchestral snare drummer and need a drum for that application. In that case, all bets are off! ;)
-my 2 cents


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