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Do you gig your bell brass?
rick_667
#1 Posted : 9/5/2017 10:20:58 PM

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Hey guys,

Recently acquired a Lars Bell brass (thanks Cade!) and it is literally the greatest snare I have ever owned/played. I am madly in love with it and my bandmates enjoy the hell out of it as well.

I am however, very concerned about taking it to gigs as it wasn't cheap! I worry about it being stolen or damaged and really want to look after it as best I can. I am curious though; how many of your bell brass owners take yours out to gigs? Do you guys substitute your bell brass for anything else live? I have a 1984 Rosewood I am feeling is the safer option to take to gigs but am wanting to hear other suggestions too. The bell brass is now my regular practice snare and I can't wait to record it down the line!

Thanks for the help guys!
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#2 Posted : 9/5/2017 11:19:03 PM
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I guess it depends on where your gigs are held. I've taken mine twice, with no worries...but I wasn't in a place/atmosphere where I felt the need to worry.
I think you should base it on those factors and do what's comfortable for you. My 2 cents...
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#3 Posted : 9/5/2017 11:19:39 PM
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Rick, congrats on the new snare!

No, I have never gigged my BB and honestly don't plan to for the exact same reasons you described. I have however recorded with mine a few times and it's a beast.

Right now, I'm using a WorldMax hammered or strait shell brass if I want that metal cut. For some reason the hammered sounds good in almost any room. If I want to use a wood snare, I'll go with an SLP Fat Spruce, (it's very warm and open with only 8 lugs), or, a Starclassic Maple.

It's worth mentioning that the WM Hammered brass is one of the most versatile drums I own.
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rick_667 on 9/5/2017(UTC)
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#4 Posted : 9/5/2017 11:39:10 PM

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Thanks for the input guys. I think it will depend on the place itself, for private shows I probably will take it and watch it like a hawk but for more public gigs I think I may rely on the Rosewood or one of my Duluth bronze shells. I was contemplating a Starclassic maple snare but I don't feel it will get the use compared to the Rosewood and bell brass. I guess it's always good to have options if I genuinely feel uncomfortable taking it out to a show!
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#5 Posted : 9/6/2017 5:22:29 AM
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Look out for a nice used but "cheap" snare drum. Maybe like a used Pearl Sensitone Brass, Yamaha brass snare drums, Tama Powermetal, SLP Brass, Porkpie etc. Something that will sound good, will be reliable, doesn't cost more than 200$ and won't make you worried sick if something happens to it. Even a 1984 Rosewood would make me worried sick. Shifty

Why am I talking so much about brass?
-It sounds warm, fat and it projects. Sound guys love brass snare drums and also Ludwig Supraphonic (aluminium) snare drums. Simply for a reason that it sounds like a snare drum. And it really cuts nicely when unmiked, but still isn't overpowering.
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#6 Posted : 9/6/2017 2:12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by: Geri48 Go to Quoted Post
. . . Even a 1984 Rosewood would make me worried sick. . . .

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#7 Posted : 9/6/2017 2:45:24 PM
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Originally Posted by: Geri48 Go to Quoted Post
. . . Even a 1984 Rosewood would make me worried sick. . . .

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rick_667
#8 Posted : 9/6/2017 8:14:52 PM

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Well, I can't really argue with you guys as you have such valid points! My two Tama snares are my favourites. For gigs I would like a Tama snare to match the MIJ Starclassic maples that are heading my way so maybe the SLP BLack Brass or a SCM snare would make the most sense for gigging? Maybe even the Starphonic aluminum or brass?

TamaDudeNJ, beautiful rosewoods! My 6.5 has the longer mighty lugs but those are soooooo nice!
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Congratulations on the drum! You have a nice one.
I will be gigging with my 14x5 Tama Bell Brass tomorrow. Last week I used my Pearl Reference Brass. They sound great and are fun to play. I don't play in clubs anymore, but when I did, I worried about my cymbals being damaged. I would not take it out if I would not be able to keep in eye on it. To reduce the risk, I only use a 4-piece kit when I play out and I am able to load in/out in 2 trips. I've also made the assumption that a "non-drummer" wouldn't even know what they are looking at. I hope this helps - Good luck with your decision.
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rick_667 on 9/10/2017(UTC)
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Congratulations on the drum! You have a nice one.
I will be gigging with my 14x5 Tama Bell Brass tomorrow. Last week I used my Pearl Reference Brass. They sound great and are fun to play. I don't play in clubs anymore, but when I did, I worried about my cymbals being damaged. I would not take it out if I would not be able to keep in eye on it. To reduce the risk, I only use a 4-piece kit when I play out and I am able to load in/out in 2 trips. I've also made the assumption that a "non-drummer" wouldn't even know what they are looking at. I hope this helps - Good luck with your decision.


You know, it's funny you mention a non-drummer not knowing what they are looking at. I like the fact the Lars looks to a non-drummer like it's old and rusted to hell which makes me think it was a "safer" option than a normal bell brass! I'm thinking there will be gigs where I can use it but we'll see. Like you, I also use a small 4 piece set up on stage as it is so much more convenient and I can cover everything my band does easily with it.

Thanks very much for your help!
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I play my bell brass reissue almost every Sunday at church. Of course no worries there
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