If you know the classic sound of the Ludwig Supraphonic, this is an improved version IMHO. And I've played 46 years including the Ludwig. This is more solid and sensitive but with that distinctive seamless aluminum sound. The aluminum also dries-out overtones so no muffling needed. You can get some overtones when wanted by hitting off-center. The ratcheting throwoff is fantastic to dial-in the preferred snare contact and keep it. Mine is new and the only con I have noticed is concern that the claws are creating microscopic nicks/pressure-points all around the hoop at former tightening locations that is showing on the hoop as tiny shiny spots. This may make it appear more aged/used/worn over time. I put on an Evans Reverse Dot and it sounds perfect to me. Tried 3mm DW triple-flanged hoops and they make it explode but I don't recommend the regular hoops because the rod angle wasn't ideal when using them. It's pricey but still in line with the Ludwig and the hardware is light years ahead. So, if it's the sound you're looking for, buy it.