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Sorry for the delay I was out of town. The snare is a DW collectors copper 5.5x14". Thank you DW sales contest at work! Fixed my gear lust for a new snare.
3 mm solid polished copper shell all the lovely DW snare features (true hoops, fine threaded tension rods, mag throw, 3 position butt plate, true tone snare wires). Even straight out of the box it was well tuned and would work great. I tightened the wires a touch and raised the batter head to taste and it's almost a perfect sound for me.
sounds amazing a darker timbre to it but I'd say it also bridges the gap between an aluminum and brass. Very dynamic and sensitive and cuts without being harsh or obtrusive. Lots of warmth and bottom end, good midrange detail, wonderfully cracky highs. Tough to describe but it has a little of the lively ring on top of a good brass snare mixed with the dry woody bark of aluminum, really deep and fat bottom end (surprising amount of lows, in a way glad I settled on the 5.5 depth the 6.5 might require rolling off some lows).
responded well to my typical favorite sticks from Vater (sweet ride hickory, hitmaker, and cymbal stick ball tip), brushes, rods, mallets, etc.
I was looking for a snare that while giving me a unique voice was still able to be flexible and versatile in a variety of styles and contexts. I also wanted something highly sensitive and musical. This seems to be my ideal snare drum so far. I always loved the idea from the descriptions of copper plus it's a nice homage to my former orchestral days playing timpani. Did I mention I love the look of copper?
So far honeymoon period is giving me high hopes but I don't ever see myself letting this one go.
Ah, gotcha. It does make sense the way you wrote it. I think those came out with MyDentity, whenever that was. (2012?) The BP Velvetone got them too, and maybe some others. Looks like Saturn IV had the SoniClear hardware, and those lugs, in 2013.