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Brass Dixon 14X4" Copper Trixon 14X5.5" Pearl Free Floating Brass 14X5"
Posted by Chief Wampum on February 14, 2012 Full Size

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Reply Chief Wampum
4:54 PM on March 21, 2012 
Hey Giuli, sorry I didn't answer your question about the Dixon snare. I was obviously talking about the Trixon snare in the previous post. Regarding the Dixon brass, it has it's own sound which is not as tight or poppy as I expected. I'm sure it has something to do with the heads and tuning and I'm still experimenting with this drum also. It does seem a little thinner sounding than the Pearl free floater or the Rogers Dyno, and to my ears sounds best at medium tuning. It chokes fairly quickly at high tensions, but I think a thinner G1, or coated ambassador might help it.
Reply Chief Wampum
1:21 PM on March 1, 2012 
Giuli says...
How does the Dixon compare with other brass snares?

Being hammered copper with die cast hoops, the Dixon definitely has less attack and less ring. It does have some woody characteristics, but gets more metallic and biting when you lay into it. I'm still experimenting with heads and tensions to get the optimal metallic crack out of it with good snare sensitivity.
Reply Giuli
11:15 AM on March 1, 2012 
How does the Dixon compare with other brass snares?