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Tama Starphonic Limited Edition Snare Drum, Spartan shell
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I saw this snare at a local drum shop several days before I bought it. I had read up on the Starphonics but didn't realize the Spartan shell was a limited edition, so when I found out I went down to pick it up. Once home I immediately switched out the snare and played it and to my surprise, it's not at all the typical metal snare drum. It's not extremely loud, but very articulate with a nice tight, snappy sound. I can tell this snare will be one of my favorite recording snares! The new style throw off works great and I really like that you can remove the butt plate to change the bottom head without losing the position of the snare wires. The claw hooks are a nice idea although you have to be careful not to screw the tensioners out too far or they come out of the lugs altogether, therefore defeating the purpose they were designed for. Overall, it's an awesome looking snare drum and even better sounding. Tama did a great job on this one!