I've owned many brass snare drums over the years and this is one of my favorites. Have owned both sizes and they're both nice, but I slightly prefer the 5" model with 8 lugs. And I almost always prefer 6.5" drums. Has a nice thick tone when tuned lower, a good crack when tuned higher, and really nice rim shots and cross sticking with these style hoops. Note, the hoops take getting used to if you're used to standard triple flange or die cast hoops. They just feel a bit different. My one complaint is I'm not crazy about having the snare tensioner on the opposite side as the throw off. I do really like the throw off though. Especially when considering the price, this is a great brass snare.