Drummer many years..a lifetime. I jam occasionally but have a drum studio with thousands of play-along-tracks. Out of about 12 snares, a couple high end, but all quality this is my go to snare. It is a copy of Ferrone's Black Beauty he played early on. This thing is a monster in any tuning but not suited for jazz in my mind. But from hard bashing rock and high tuned funk it does it all. A gigging downside could be weight, so original '67 ludwig does that job. But it is the weight and mass that makes this such a versatile snare. Only the Sonor Phil Rudd signature comes close with better snare sensitivity but the tone of Ferrone wins out. I haven't played the Gretsch model so don't know about that. Highly recommended!