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Old 06-26-2019, 10:33 PM
vyacheslav vyacheslav is offline
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Default 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!

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?
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:40 PM
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Default 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

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Old 06-27-2019, 12:12 AM
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Cool 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

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Old 06-27-2019, 02:12 AM
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Default 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

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Old 06-27-2019, 07:49 AM
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Default Re: The 5 snares every drummer should own-The "Iconic" Snares

An Acrolite, a 402, a Jazz Fest and a 5-inch Black Beauty.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:02 AM
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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!

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.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:11 AM
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An Acrolite, a 402, a Jazz Fest and a 5-inch Black Beauty.
Thats only four!
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:38 AM
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Default 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.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:28 AM
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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.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:33 AM
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Thats only four!
A wildcard for the fifth spot, then.

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