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Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare  

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        One drum, several distinct sounds.

        5" x 12" hammered steel shell with die-cast hoops. Special design throw-off sets to 3 positions (off, loose, and tight) to give you 3 distinctly different sounds.

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        • Hammered steel
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        TamaMike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare
         
        5.0

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        5.0

        I love it

        By Ynqwiy Xalxzteen

        from West Dakota

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        I own this snare. It has a coated emperor batter and a hazy ambassador snare-side. This thing is piercing in a very good way. One of my colleagues owns a pork pie little squealer(with suede emperor), the 5x12 version. It is piercing in the wrong way. It has a lot of bad overtones and it looks cheesy. The mike portnoy 5x12 is amazing. I tune it to B for a fatter sound, C for the usual stuff, and C# or D when I need to cut through. This thing has a lot of good overtones. The only muffling I have is a small piece of duct tape over the remo logo and a small sticker in the center. I have used it for anything from jazz to country to metal and yes, even dream theater covers. This thing pwns every 12" snare available, save for the pearl soprano snare. THAT thing is wicked. That's another story for another day. Anyway, the throw off is really useful. I use the tight setting for almost everything, but when I want a more sensitive concert snare sound I use the looser setting. The stock snare wires are fine but they rattle just a hair. I plan on changing them, but you don't need to. It's not like your audience cares what snares you use. This snare can also be tuned down a bit for heavy rock applications. It does start to get a little flabby, though. I've even gotten a steve gadd zero ring "studio" sound out of this beast. It is good for every genre of music except concert applications, but who uses 12" snares for concert anyway? I thought I had made a big mistake choosing this over a 7x13 ocdp snare but this thing can snap, thud, crack, sizzle, pop, swish, kerflonk, anything you want it to do!!! BUY THIS FREAKING THING NOW!!!!!!

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        5.0

        Portnoy is a genious

        By Jason of Orbis Arcanum

        from Sacramento, CA

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        I have had this snare for about a month now and have done several of my own recordings, and some with other drummers. I have found this drum to be far superior in tone and resonance to all my other snares, ranging from a 1960's Rogers Dynasonic to a 6.5 Ludwig steel, with several in between. The features are amazing the look is one of a kind, and it holds tuning very well considering it's a 6 lug snare drum. This is basically a top notch Starclassic drum in hammered steel, with the best throw-off ever invented. I find it's a little difficult in a standard snare stand, as when the basket is tight, some stands don't lower enough to reach a comfortable height. Other then that, it's amazing!

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        5.0

        Best Snare Invented!

        By Dave Rucki

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        I just got this snare and it is truly amazing. Once you tune it right, it sounds so great. I've benn playing a "14x6 Spaun maple snare, it's also a great snare, but this snare blows it away by a long shot. It's the best sounding snare I've ever beaten on. Thank you Mike Portnoy and Tama for this amazing snare!

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        5.0

        Great Snare Drum

        By Portnoy Theater

        from Bremerton, WA

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        This is a great snare drum once you get the tuning right. I had a little problem with "buzzing" at first, but I found the proper combination between the batter and side and now it sounds amazing. The only other downside to this product is if you play on Evans heads, it may be a little difficult to find a 12" snare head for it. All in all, great snare drum and worth the money.

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        5.0

        Amazing drum

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        When I was playing at a gig, my drum tech who went to Berkley with Mike suggested that I buy this snare. I followed his advice, and now own an amzing snare.The Mike Portnoy melody master is one of the best snares that i have ever played. It has so much attack, and its perfect for any style of music! If you put the snares on the loose setting its perfect for shuffles. It even sounds great when its in it's tenor setting. A BIG bang for your buck. Hats off to Mike Portnoy for not only the being an amazing drummer, but for coming up with an amazing snare drum.

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        5.0

        Vey nice

        By GroovE

        from Texas

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        I love this snare alot. I the one i use for when i do recordings

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        5.0

        wow

        By DrScab

        from England

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        The most amazing snare I have EVER played, it sounds amazing!

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        5.0

        Titles are lame.

        By Daniel

        from Alexandria, VA

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        Absolutely an amazing snare. I especially love the dual snare settings on it. I'm very OCD (much like Portnoy himself), and I hate mixing different companies, but this snare is different; incredible enough to allow me to stray from Pearl. It takes some tinkering to find the right sound, but after you do, it is simply fantastic.

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        5.0

        tama snare

        By ZqUM4x1b-

        from connecticut

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        I got this snare for my set and it sounds great for hard rock music. i also suggest this if you want a jazz snare.

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        5.0

        ***THE REAL DEAL***

        By Luke-wt0c1

        from Tennessee

        Comments about Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master Signature Steel Snare:

        I have helped Mike Portnoy record both "Testimony" and "One" with Neal Morse. After talking with Mike he convinced me to go embarrass myself on his kit in the other room. I went in there and played and was amazed by the sound of the 12" snare. He told me that if it wasn't a perfect snare he would not be endorsing it bottom line. So, keep this in mind if you like the "sound" of his set on albums esp. "Train of Thought". It?s a great snare and is TOTALLY worth every penny. I own both the 12" and 14" and all his stacks and splashes. GET THEM ALL!!!!

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