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Old 10-31-2015, 12:29 AM
vyacheslav vyacheslav is offline
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Default Rogers Powertone Snare-Good Deal?

Hey all,

I have a chance to pick this up for $75. Seller says it is in excellent condition.

Would this be a good deal?


Thanks,


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Old 10-31-2015, 12:54 AM
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Default Re: Rogers Powertone Snare-Good Deal?

If that shell is chrome over brass, it's a very good deal. I would expect it to sound the same as a 60's model if it's brass, and they are very good snare drums. They project really well for high volume music.
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:20 AM
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Default Re: Rogers Powertone Snare-Good Deal?

I'm not sure the Powertone was made in the Big R period. More likely a steel Super Ten or a Dyna with no frame and replacement bottom hoop maybe. Nice drum and worth the asking price. This is one situation where a magnet test will work.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:10 AM
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You may be right. The Vintage Drum Guide in the upper right hand corner of this site shows that drum as a Super Ten. So, should have a steel shell and ten lugs, correct? In good shape, still work $75 if you plan to play it. My experience is they don't project quite as well as a brass shelled PowerTone. Probably a bit closer to the sound of a Ludwig Supraphonic.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:34 AM
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Rogers SuperTen. 75-84

Those drums suck. Buy it, send it to me and I will buy you a latte.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:35 AM
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Default Re: Rogers Powertone Snare-Good Deal?

That would be a Superten, as there are no lines on the shell. A Big R Dyna would have 5 lines around the shell. These are great snares! I had always dismissed them because they are steel, not COB, but this year I had a friends' in my possession while restoring his kit & finally got some stick-time in. I was blown away by the snap & punch of the Superten. It's a bit more like a Supra, as Dan mentioned above, but the shell is much heavier & doesn't at all feel like a "drop in quality", though it's not made of brass. I would pay $75 in a heartbeat for one.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:08 AM
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Default Re: Rogers Powertone Snare-Good Deal?

Plus 1 on the positive comments.
I'm playing one now with my XP8's and love it.
Worth way more than $75.0...........
Bring a latte with you as tip....
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:39 AM
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Superten's are fantastic. Buy it!
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by The Ploughman View Post
Rogers SuperTen. 75-84

Those drums suck. Buy it, send it to me and I will buy you a latte.

Hi Jack!
I know you as a Major League Roger Guy....
Why do you said S10 suck?
I really want to hear your specialist opinión.
I own one of this (early S10, prob. 75) but honestly, I never "put on the field"
(He's sleeping on the snare rack .... beside my dear Dyna)
Please let me know!!
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Old 10-31-2015, 11:31 AM
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Sorry for the tongue in cheek.

I have several SuperTen snare drums. The past couple weeks I have been using a 1972 SuperTen. It is an oval badge with number 0943. From the fall of 72 to the fall of 75, more than 9000 oval badge numbers are represented. The majority of those are 5x14. Many 6.5 x 14 were built also. Both are excellent drums. I do not understand the comparison to the Supra. I do not find them anything like similar, or even comparable for that matter.
My SuperTen collection spans 72-84. I have four in the 5x14 size, one is oval badge, the other three are Big R. Also have one from 1980/81 in the COS 6.5x14. I also own a 5x14, two 6.5x14, and two of the 8x14 XP10 Maple editions. The crown ***el of the SuperTen collection is the 1983 6.5x14 XP10 SuperTen that was built for Gina Schock of The Go-Go's. This drum is inscribed by the production manager of Rogers Drums and dated Jan. 1983. In September 2012, I had the opportunity to meet Gina Schock before a show in Saratoga CA, and we talked Rogers drums for a bit. This drum was signed by her at that time.

I like the SuperTen, all sizes, all shell types. It is a sensitive and loud drum. The steel shell might be a bit ringy for some, but... is very focused at center. And loud, if you want it to be. It plays well, and while I only have one Supra...... I would happily trade it for another SuperTen.

The Big R SuperTen 5x14 is a bit of an outlier as this drum is often mistaken for being an early Big R model regardless of the Badge or Serial Number upon it. The 5x14 SuperTen was built on EXISTING ....... Oval Badge prepped shells for the entirety of the Big R period. From 1975-1984, this is the exact same shell as would have been on an Oval Badge drum from the 9/72 Fullerton period. The only Big R SuperTen 5x14 drums that could be considered to be transitional would be those with a D series five digit number below 20,000. For all other snare drums and sizes produced by Rogers, this is approximately where the Oval Badge stock ran out, and the new shell order for Big R design came into use.

I like the SuperTen.... and would gladly pay the 75.00 for the drum pictured above, and give him enough above that to get a nice latte.
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