The dimensions of a drum and the corresponding sound is something that I don’t think I fully understand.
For example, I recently picked up another black brass RD snare (pictured above). All aspects of the drum are exactly the same as the black brass I’ve had for 3 years (also pictured above), except the new one is only 5 inches deep instead of 6.5 inches. The new one sounds so different! Waaaay more sparkle/crack/vibrance. Significantly brighter.
I had no idea the slightly smaller depth would have such an impact on the sound of the drum. It makes me really curious about some of my other snares and why they sound the way they do.