It's funny how people are seemingly so obsessed with the snare these days. In the old days we obviously cared, but it wasn't the obsession it is these days. Which to me is interesting because the snare sounds from the old days (many times) sound more natural. I had a really good producer / engineer spend almost two full days JUST working on the snare sound recently, (on an indie band!!) He would get all worked up, patching combination after combination of mic / pres / eqs (then drive down to the music store come back with new snares, take them back) . . on and on. In the end we ended up using a Black Beauty that was here the whole time with an API 512 / to 560 w/ 57 on top / 160 on the side of the drum (simple enough) btw . . I have a GREAT drum room so it wasn't the room! . . . I wanted to kill the guy, as did the band. No offense to the OP, it's just amazing how many threads are about the snare and how much people talk about recording it THESE days.