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Old 01-12-2018, 05:43 PM
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Hi folks!
I registered here today hoping I could get some information and advice from more experienced drummers.
My father is a very dedicated vintage instruments collector since the early 1980's - when it comes to guitars, he knows what he is looking for. As for drums, as long as they look vintage enough and not expensive, he'll get them.
Today I decided I would know some more about the drums we've got here. I was out of time to take more pictures and I expect this thread to be long and fun, so I'll start with some of the snares. I don't have a single wooden snare. Only metal shells.

1) Pearl Export
This one came with a full Pearl Export kit (green, early 1990s?)
https://preview.ibb.co/gBr5Gm/20180108_010631.jpg

2) Ranger
This snare was in one of my father's rehearsal rooms. Unknown brand, little information online
https://preview.ibb.co/ioihU6/20180108_010606.jpg

3) Yamaha SD496
Was on the same rehearsal room. Lots of information online!
https://ibb.co/mJHRp6

You might be asking.. alright, so what do you want?

I am trying to make a single kit with the best elements I have around. From those snares above, I guess the best one is the Yamaha. But here comes the tricky question: I want a kit I will restore in order to record some vintage-sounding drums, hence I already bought a few Remo skins. I am looking for a dry, warm sound. Like Radiohead's drums on A Moon Shaped Pool (2016) (song example: Decks Dark).
Any information is welcome!
Thank you and sorry for the long post!

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:01 PM
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Yes, that Yammy is the best by far. Not the sound you are looking for though. I would sell the Pearl Export to raise money for the vintage woody. However, know that you will have to add much more money to what you can get from the Export.

To get what you are looking for - if you went Vintage MIJ, you need to get one with a thicker shell. Star made (several branded) thicker shelled snare drums starting in the late 60s. I suggest this one because they are great woody affordable snare drums. The one I speak of is a Majestic with the thicker shell. Just look to identfy as made by Star, then get one with a thicker shell (no reinforcement rings).

Otherwise, you could just save enough money to buy a Slingerland or something like that. A 3-ply Slingerland snare is certainly warm, but will cost you at least $200 (unless you find a great deal).

I am sure there are other snares that would fit your bill, and hope others will chime in. These are just what came to mind immediately.

Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:41 AM
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Hi again! Thank you very much for all the information, Drummerjohn333.
Now I know what kind of wooden snare to buy in the future. I am currently studying and I have little time to spend with the studio. So, from those snares, I'd say I should explore the SD496, right? I guess some tuning and good skins could do the trick.
I'll be back in a few minutes with some pictures of some of my drum kits, I am also very unaware of what I have here.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:49 AM
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The Pearl I have been using!

https://ibb.co/eJ2SE6
https://ibb.co/gHFEu6
https://ibb.co/hZiCgm

Any information? As far as I have searched, it might be an MX series kit.

The snare that came with it:

https://ibb.co/n2YpSR

Was the only snare I hadn't posted here that I could take a picture of. Also have a Sonor metallic snare but it's not home. If this snare is any good compared to the Yamaha I would love to know. Thank you!

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Old 01-13-2018, 11:04 AM
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An orange Sonor drum kit, I have no information at all about it. I plan on restoring it this Summer, as I will probably have to buy or ask someone to make the metallic hardware parts.

https://ibb.co/album/i8fYVa

It also came with a metallic Sonor snare but it's not with me. As soon as I can I'll post some pictures.
Any information about this beauty?
Thank you
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:24 AM
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Sorry for the number of posts, but the last one is this Premier kit:

https://ibb.co/nOMjSR

As far as I've searched, I think it might be a B304, but I'm not sure. Is this kit much better than the Pearl I'm currently using? (the mic'ed one above)

Thank you all, guys!
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:05 AM
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Ah yes, definitely...I like the Premier most of all for obvious reasons.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:54 PM
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Already brought the Premier to my studio. Not disappointed

Thank you

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