This snare is a great choice for most kind of rock music. It's loud and somewhat aggressive to cut through heavy distortion. It can back off somewhat and is articulate for busier passages. I received compliments at nearly every live and studio gig I used it.
The volume is great for unmiked gigs but may be a bit much in the studio or some smaller venues. People who prefer a dry drum sound will likely want to use some muffling heads or external muffling.
Overall, I owned this drum for about 10 years and played it for thousands of hours. I had to sell it because I wasn't drumming at the time and needed money, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up in good used condition. I may opt for a black nickel brass snare next time just because I'm not playing the heavy/aggressive music I used to, but it's a wonderful drum and great value.