I use this snare for classic rock and popular music. Ludwig did a really nice fit and finish. I keep it clean but have noticed a few spots on the chrome finish after 14 years. I've gone through a lot of different heads and now I'm using Evan's Genera and Hazy 300 with Puresound custom snare wires. It's easy to play ghost notes and drags across the snare. I never liked the P85 throw-off. So I just changed it with a P86 Millennium and what a huge improvement.