Aluminum is one of the most underrated materials for snare drums. It is relatively inexpensive and doesn't hold the prestige of more exotic metals like copper or bronze. However, an overwhelming majority of tracks recording in the 60's and 70's were recorded on aluminum snare drums. The dry and crisp nature of aluminum combined with a more open 8-lug design evokes that vintage tone reminiscent of those classic songs. The Tama S.L.P. Classic Dry Aluminum is a modern representation of these vintage principals. Try one and you will soon discover why aluminum is the secret weapon of many a professional drummer.