This snare is absolutely amazing. Heavy bronze and with the hammered texture leaves you with an amazing loud clear and precise sound. This snare is very versatile with tuning and the hoop is a little higher than most snares above the top skin. This is perfect if you want to use the rim for gravity blasts or rim shots. The snare stays in tune very well also. All the parts are made great. I am glad I got this snare before recording my album.