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Combines time-tested brass shell tradition with contemporary drum making techniques.
The Gretsch Legend Brass Snare Drum has a 1.0mm beaded brass shell with 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops and includes an adjustable throw-off and Evans drum heads. The shell is finished in lacquer and has a direct lug to shell contact without lug gaskets to allow for maximum tone. 14" x 6-1/2".
A new drumming legend is born!
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Comments about Gretsch Drums Legend Brass Snare Drum:
This Drum is best for Outdoor gigs and any gig that has loud guitarists. Not for the faint of heart. I played this drum during an indoor gig with a Surf / Garage band and it totally overpowered my drums and the band. I love the tone. I also love the 2nd adjustment for the strainer to get a precise response. As for overtones and reverb I'm not a great tuner so a lot of that could be eliminated by someone who knows how to tune a snare drum. I am going to make this my "GO-To" Drum for all Rock gigs.
Comments about Gretsch Drums Legend Brass Snare Drum:
This a really nice well-rounded snare drum. It has a full-bodied presence but it also has the ability to really crack. Overall, this was an excellent purchase and I can highly recommend the Legend brass snare to all of you other Gretsch lovers who secretly crave the Acrolite or Supra sound but want your favorite logo on the drum. :-)
At the last gig, our guitar player sat behind the kit so I could go our front during sound check to see how the drum mix sounded through the PA, and when I came back he said "man, this snare is LOUD". He's right, you can really pound this snare and get great volume out of it, or you can do a pp press roll on in and get nice articulation. I love the dual strainer (large adjustments on the butt plate side and small adjustments on the strainer side).
I received my Legend Brass snare, and unfortunately didn't have a chance to do more than unpack it, put it on a stand, and do some preliminary tuning on it. I tuned it up medium tight on the batter with the snare head a bit tighter. The stock heads are an Evans coated G1 batter and a Hazy 300 snare side. This is a good head combination and it only took a few seconds to make sure that the tension was even and the heads were tightened up to produce a good tone. The snare strainer was a little odd with the dual adjustment (a micro-sensitive one on the strainer and a normal one on the butt plate) but I think I got the hang of it quickly. Gretsch could have put some documentation in the box about that strainer. Once I got the hang of it I really liked it.
After tuning, I played it by itself for a minute or 2 and made some fine adjustments, then put it on my kit and left it there. Finally had a rehearsal and I expected to have to tweak the tuning, snare responsiveness, etc before playing it with the full kit, but all I really needed to do was to take the batter head up 1/4 turn all around to dial it in to where I like the snare to sit within the kit. Siunded awesome.
I then ordered an S-Hoop to try on this snare (it didn't arrive in time to put it on before that first rehearsal). I've heard really good things about the S-Hoop on snares (and toms, too), and I wanted to try one on the Legend Brass snare (I play a lot of cross-sticks and need a nice loud and full cross-stick sound). The maple rims on the PDP Woody snare I was using wasn't cutting it, and the normal flanged hoops on the Legend were OK, but I wanted to see what the S-Hoop lived up to the hype. After I replaced the stock flanged hoop I was amazed at how "dialed in" the snare sounded. With the stock head, the snare sounded good, in fact it sounded like every medium- to high-end brass snare I've ever heard: crisp, sensitive, full-bodied, and with a nice bit of ring to it. The S-Hoop added in that bit of body that I was looking for and it toned the ring down a tiny bit. It was like putting an O-ring or a bit of moongel on the drum. It really focused the sound and now it sounds freaking amazing.
The marketing on the S-Hoop is all about how much better the tone, rim shots, and cross-sticks sound and I totally believe it.
Build quality is standard Gretsch quality, i.e. really freakin' good! The parts are all top notch and I can see this drum lasting for decades. Comes with "real" Evans heads.
This is a phenomenal snare drum. Notice that I did not say "for the money", which a lot of reviewers throw in there. This is a great workhorse snare that sounds like a $500+ snare at a $300 price tag. I have played this snare for the last 6 months and I can't ever see playing another as my "main" snare.
Price-wise, it fits into the range of the Acro/Supra/BB knockoffs like the Pearl Sensitone, BOB, and the Black Magic, but in my opinion, it has the little bonus features that make it much more desirable than the BOB or BM, plus, it's from Gretsch (yeah, I'm a fan-boy, what can I say?). (disclaimer: I've owned a BOB, gigged with it as my main snare for a year, and sold it about 1 year ago. There was just something about it that didn't work for me).
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