Tama MIJ Starclassic 14x5.5 Copper Snare Drum
Our thoughts: What we have here is a Tama Starclassic 1.5mm copper shell with an antique plated finish. It has brushed nickel shell hardware and brushed nickel die-cast hoops for extra mood. It weighs a ton so we wouldn't recommend playing catch-the-snare with it. This guy looks amazing and has an exceptional build quality to it.
Sound's what matters though right? Well, it's outstanding here too. It's outrageously loud, and not just in the cut-your-head-off fashion. It carries a thick attack and thump in the low midrange that gives it real punch and projection, rather than sounding harsh and empty. The Evans Genera head dries it up a bit so we can't get too deep into the nitty-gritty, but what we can hear is good. It's highly tameable with heaps of nuance and character. The copper shell makes for darker overtones, which in this case sit in a nice space, dark and un-invasive, making for pleasant texture.
Our opinion? It's great, everything from looks to sound to build quality check out here. This would definitely carry some versatility, however it would be most at home with the heavier play-style of a drummer who wants something louder than his neighbour's lawnmower at 5am on a Sunday morning.
Manufacturer: Tama Drums
Model: SCS1455H Copper Snare
Made: Japan, 2006-2012
Dimensions: 14" Diameter / 6.5" Depth
Weight: 6,060g (sheesh)
Shell: 1.5mm copper
Hardware: MSL-SCT Starclassic Lugs / MUS80A Strainer / MUS80B Butt
Evans Genera (Top)
Evans Snare Side 200 Hazy (Bottom)
Metrix by Puresound 40-Strand Black Snare Wires
Additional Notes: The throw is smooth and doesn't get stuck. The snare wires and heads are in good condition. There is some light surface damage on the hoops and surface rust on the throw and butt. The lugs and shell are overall in very good condition with very few minor scratches and marks. The Overall: good condition (6/10)
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