Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum  

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The unique properties of the carbon steel create an incredibly versatile drum that's as loud as you could hope for, with articulation that would inspire seasoned jazz veterans.

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The unique properties of the carbon steel create an incredibly versatile drum that's as loud as you could hope for, with articulation that would inspire seasoned jazz veterans.

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OcheltreeHeavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A serious snare for serious drummers!

In my opinion the best snare's ever made have been the original Slingerland and Ludwig Black Beauty's but John Ocheltree comes very close with this badboy. I was turned on to these after seeing...Read complete review

In my opinion the best snare's ever made have been the original Slingerland and Ludwig Black Beauty's but John Ocheltree comes very close with this badboy. I was turned on to these after seeing Steve Smith play one at an MD Festival. I actually own a custom black beauty copy of one of these in addition to the 5.5 steel and let me tell you they are worth EVERY penny! This is not a hobby snare. You get what you put into it...heavy heads-warm tones, thin heads-loud penetrating power! Hit it hard it'll crack like a gunshot. Brush it and it'll give you a silky smooth touch. I was surprised to find it so cheap. Worth every penny and more! And the previous guy isn't kidding....these weigh almost as much as a bass drum!

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Disapointed And Frustrated

I purchased this drum ten months ago.The drum arrived intact and seemed to be very sturdy and high quality.I have no arguments about the overall sound quality, it is a very articulate and versatile...Read complete review

I purchased this drum ten months ago.The drum arrived intact and seemed to be very sturdy and high quality.I have no arguments about the overall sound quality, it is a very articulate and versatile drum.After eight months I decided to change the snare head for the first time, only to find that the lug reiever nuts and/or the tension rods were stiff and possibly stripped on two lugs on the top counter hoop.Now what to do?If you buy this drum you are on your own, Drumtree "customer service" does not exist, it is actually a sales agent for Jeff's higher end drums called Grand Central Music.Only Jeff seems to know what type of lug and tension rod this snare takes, and because he is currently on tour, my drum sits useless in a case. The drum is not an Ocheltree custom drum, in other words, it is mass maufactured and Jeff Ocheltree has licensed his name and design ideas to another (unknown ) company.You should not feel bad if you thought this was an actual Ocheltree custom drum, as it is marketed that way. A drum is only as good as the hardware that supports it, and I have played low end and high end drums and never been stuck because I can't replace or find hardware which should not have worn out this quickly.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent snare & great value

By Snared4Life

from Rio Rancho, NM

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

Playing this snare is addictive! Lay into it and it Screams! Sounds like a cannon on steroids! At low volumes it is extremely sensitive, great for buzz rolls and ghost notes. I unveiled this snare at rehearsal last month and my band mates were blown away! No easy task as I have a sizeable arsenal of snares. This is currently one of my favorite snares. Great sound, visual appeal, versatility and all at a killer price! Try it, you'll Love it!

 
5.0

Gig/Studio Ready Snare!

By Dave

from Farmington, CT

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

I've used this snare both in a studio and live setting and WOW!, I can't believe the crack and tone this baby delivers. It "opens up tonally" more with a two-ply Evans G2 head IMO, so upgrade it with a 2ply batter if you plan on wailin' this thing. Sensitivity, body, warmth, and crack all in one unit!

 
5.0

A Great, Full Sounding Snare

By dpdrum

from CT

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

I recently purchase the 5.5x11" snare and at firstI didn't really mess with the tuning, and thought the sound was a solid "good" snare. But, then as I tweeked the tunings a bit more, this things just sings! WOW!! I tried low, medium and high tunings on this thing and all the sounds I got were consistent in body, response, and tone!! Records really nice. Sounds like a pro-level recording snare. The price is right too!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Masterpiece

By Dag Sand

from Norway

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

This is one of the best snaredrums I've ever had or tested. Heavy in every way, as the name describes it(22pounds) but also gentle sounded when pitced down. Baybe not so open as an ordinary stees shell, but even more a controlled, adressed and tight sounded snaredrum. Loud and clear, and a thrill to play. A Masterpiece from a Master drumtech and designer!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome snare

By Snared 4 Life

from New Mexico

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

Playing this snare is addictive! Lay into it and it Screams! Sounds like a cannon on steroids! At low volumes it is extremely sensitive, great for buzz rolls and ghost notes. I unveiled this snare at rehearsal last night and my band mates were blown away! No easy task as I have a sizeable arsenal of snares. This is currently my favorite snare. Great sound, visual appeal, versatility and all at a killer price! Try it, you'll Love it!

 
5.0

This Snare Owns

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

Awesome Sound.INSANE Rim shots.excellent sensitivity everything I was looking for.But watch the tension rods they should be removed and lubricated immediately. other than that fantastic snare for the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disapointed And Frustrated

By Maionely Drummer

from Maine

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

I purchased this drum ten months ago.The drum arrived intact and seemed to be very sturdy and high quality.I have no arguments about the overall sound quality, it is a very articulate and versatile drum.After eight months I decided to change the snare head for the first time, only to find that the lug reiever nuts and/or the tension rods were stiff and possibly stripped on two lugs on the top counter hoop.Now what to do?If you buy this drum you are on your own, Drumtree "customer service" does not exist, it is actually a sales agent for Jeff's higher end drums called Grand Central Music.Only Jeff seems to know what type of lug and tension rod this snare takes, and because he is currently on tour, my drum sits useless in a case. The drum is not an Ocheltree custom drum, in other words, it is mass maufactured and Jeff Ocheltree has licensed his name and design ideas to another (unknown ) company.You should not feel bad if you thought this was an actual Ocheltree custom drum, as it is marketed that way. A drum is only as good as the hardware that supports it, and I have played low end and high end drums and never been stuck because I can't replace or find hardware which should not have worn out this quickly.

 
5.0

Incredible Is All I Can Say!

By Lieback

from Scranton, PA

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

I bought the 6.5 x 14 Ocheltree because I've owned the 5.5 x 14 for over a year and it's the best snare I've ever owned. Now I've got a new favorite snare with the 6.5. If you love John Bonham like I do, this is the perfect snare for you. You can't possibly tune it wrong. It sounded great out of the box. Once again Jeff Ocheltree has done a fantastic job.

 
4.0

somewhat disappointed

By drumwacky

from Windsor, WI

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

Well I read all the hipe and couldn't lay off buying one of these. I bought the deeper size. Don't get me wrong this is a great sounding drum, but here's where I think it falls short. I was really amazed after hearing all the great things about this drum. When tuning this snare with a drum dial I couldn't even reach 90 on 2 to 3 of the tuning lugs. It seemed like the tension rods are too long and they were bottoming out in their receivers. I just didn't expect that from a drum in this price range and reputation. The other thing is I think the snare throw off switch could of been quite a bit more refined than what's on here. I found it to be kind of cheapish and ordinary for a drum that is otherwise very heavy duty. It's clumsy in it's operation compared to most snare drums in this price range or much cheaper. The drum does sound great at a drum dial setting of about 88 batter and 82 snare side, but the part that bugs me the most is that I can't crank the drum up in the same consistent tension all around if I want to go tighter and higher. I'm just sort of stuck at this tension or something lower. I was thinking about buying shorter tension rods and then try tuning it, but thought "why should I have to?" I paid $400 for it! I'm not sure if I just bought a dud or what? I'm considering returning it.

 
5.0

exceptional drum

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ocheltree Heavy Metals Carbon Steel Snare Drum:

I needed a metal drum to complete my inventory of sounds. The bottom line this has replaced all others with the exception of my brass pearl piccolo. Go out and get this at all costs!! The best drum ever built!

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