My Yamaha 6 1/2 X 14 Concert Steel Snare drum. Beaded shell, not seamless, is my favorite rock/pop/funk snare. Remo Emperor coated batter, Remo Ambassador snare side, 12-16 or 20 strand Purecussion classic wires and Yamaha all aluminum die cast rims give me an incredible sound. For a retro sound I use Canopus snare wires, Ludwig Silver dot/clear batter, Ludwig snare side head and Yamaha original steel triple flanged rims. I am strictly a 6 1/2 X 14 metal snare drum guy!