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Aluminium snare shell thickness
Old 27th November 2018
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Aluminium snare shell thickness

Hi guys. I quite fancy buying an Aluminium snare. I've listened to most of the ones out there. They all sound good. Acrolite, Supra, Starphonic, Dixon Artisan, Tama SLP Classic Dry, Tama SLP Super Aluminium, Oriollo Phantom, Yamaha Recording Custom, Joyful Noise, Gretsch, and probably others. I'm also trying to stay away from die cast hoops.

The only ones I really like are the Supra and the SLP Super Aluminium. There's something crisper and with more bite about them to my ears than all the others. Unfortunately, it's impossible to find a Super Aluminium second hand and it would probably be more than I want to pay anyway.

I was originally looking for a Supra, but I think I'd now prefer the SLP as it will be built better and come without all the pitting, rust and rashes of vintage chrome plated snares.


It seems that the SLP shell is 1.6mm thick and the Supra is 1.7/1.8mm thick. I believe all or most of the other snares are around 1.2mm thick. Could this be the reason why the Supra and the Super sound edgier?
Old 28th November 2018
  #2
Gear Nut
Don't overlook that, heads and wires are a big part of the sound.
Old 28th November 2018
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Don't overlook that, heads and wires are a big part of the sound.
Absolutely. And 10 lugs seems to be better than 8, such as on the Acro. But that's not really the thing here, there's something about the Tama Super and the Supra that is special. In fact, I reckon the reason that Tama stopped production on the Super is probably because of a lawsuit from Ludwig for effectively cloning the Supra.
Old 2nd January 2019
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there's something about the Tama Super and the Supra that is special.
Sounds like you've made up your mind. I'm from the camp that thinks, If the instrument inspires you then, THAT's the best one...Even if it is... of inferior build.
Old 8th November 2019
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Absolutely. And 10 lugs seems to be better than 8, such as on the Acro. But that's not really the thing here, there's something about the Tama Super and the Supra that is special. In fact, I reckon the reason that Tama stopped production on the Super is probably because of a lawsuit from Ludwig for effectively cloning the Supra.
What about the Oriollo?
Old 9th November 2019
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I'm sure the thickness and weight contribute to the sound.

I doubt Ludwig sued Tama. It would be pretty hard to sue over a metal circle.
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