A drummer’s choice of using a metal snare drum is often due to the desire and need for more volume. Metal shell snare drums, whether of steel, brass, bronze or other alloys, tend to project louder than wood shell snare drums. However, they can also be articulate and sensitive if tuned tightly and the snares are tensioned properly. The various metal shells will define the sound of the drum such that brass tends to be warmer sounding than steel and yet will continue to project well.
The Ludwig Supraphonic 5" by 14" snare drum is the most recorded and popular drum in the world. It has been on more recordings and stages than any other snare drum. It comes out of the box ready to play. The USA-made chrome-plated, seamless, beaded aluminum shell produces a bright, crisp attack with the perfect balance of full resonant tone and snare crack. Imperial Lugs and supraphonic snares are standard with the P88C strainer. Free shipping continental US.
This Mapex MPX Hammered Steel Snare 14" x 6.5" is a bright snare drum with dry overtones. Because of the hammering, the drum is very versatile. Primarily used for Fusion Jazz and more Progressive Rock styles. It will cut through electronics and with proper tuning will produce crisp highs to fat lows. This very affordable drum features: 1.0mm steel shell; chrome finish; low-mass lugs; chrome hardware; fully adjustable throw-off; Remo UX drum heads.
The SensiTone Steel Snare Drum 14"x 5" has a crisp, high pitched snap. It is a sensitive, classic beaded shell in steel that cuts through and features the new Clip-Lock Strainer System that locks into place and keeps snare tension from loosening. This is a very versatile, affordable snare drum. Free shipping continental US.
The SensiTone Steel Snare Drum 14"x 6.5" has a mid-range overtone, but also a sharp "crack" sound. It is a sensitive, classic beaded shell in steel that cuts through and features the new Clip-Lock Strainer System that locks into place and keeps snare tension from loosening. It can be tuned to a low pitch and still project. Free shipping continental US.
Pearl's 14" x 6.5" Brass SensiTone Snare drum has real "punch" and warmth. It is a classic beaded shell in Nickel-Plated Brass and features the new Clip Lock Strainer System that prevents any snare tension loosening. This is a very attractive drum with chrome hardware on a brass shell. Free shipping continental US.
This Pearl Piccolo 13" x 3" Snare Drum features a Brass shell and is known for it's ability to project and cut through loud electronics. This drum serves equally well as a primary instrument or as a secondary "effect" snare drum. Free shipping continental US.
The Pearl Firecracker Snare Drum with steel shell "pops" like a firecracker. They are a no nonsense drum which will cut through to the max. 10" x 5" size. If you are looking for an explosive drum with a huge sound the Firecracker is the right choice! Also available with a Poplar shell.
The Steel Shell snare drums are bright and have a long decay. Yamaha has one size in the intermediate level. The crisp and articulate 5.5" x 14." The hoops are triple-flanged and are 8-lug drums. These are definitely a good choice if you are looking for enhanced volume.
NOTE: This drum is a special order and will take some time to build, please email us if you have any questions before you order. GMS Drum Co. is proud to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. We wanted to create a snare drum in honor of our anniversary, one that would be unique and encompass our passion for new technology while remaining true to our love of old world quality and craftmanship. We feel we’ve accomlished that with the 25th Anniversary
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NOTE: This drum is a special order and will take some time to build, please email us if you have any questions before you order. GMS’s new Revolution Series drums feature a thin coating of real metal on the company’s premium-quality maple drum shells. Available metal types include brass, copper, nickle/steel. Drummers can choose to have a metal coating on the inside, outside, or both surfaces of shell. (The coatings are visually striking and distinctive.) They can even mix and
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The deep, rich sound of brass with increased overtones from Canopus' hammering process make this a unique and powerful sounding drum. The vintage snare wires add a complex characteristic to the tone of this dynamic snare drum. A powerful full range drum. Special order. 3-4 week delivery.
This 1 mm brass shell produces a soft and thick tone with a beautiful high brass resonance. The fullness and sensitivity of brass is thoroughly expressed by the shell vibration. Vintage snare wires and brass lugs come as standard equipment. Die cast hoops focus the sound. Available in 5.5 x 14 and 6.5 x 14. Special order. Allow 2-4 week delivery.
The Brass Cat is designed to have a warmer, softer attack than a steel shell drum. It comes in 14 x 5.5 dimensions with steel hoops and a classic 45 degree bearing edge. Don't be fooled! This brass shell can project tremendously and also be very sensitive due to the well designed cylinder-drive strainer. The adjustment dial employs "micro-lock" technology that provides precise control.
The Nomad is a 13" x 6" brass shell snare drum recently introduced. It has a warm, sensitive, open sound. Musical uses for the Nomad range from electric jazz to strong rock. It has tremendous attack and yet great depth. Not for the timid. This drum can scream! Brushed Black and Chrome hardware.
The Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum is the most recorded and popular drum in the world. It has been on more recordings and stages than any other snare drum. It comes out of the box ready to play. The USA-made chrome-plated, seamless, beaded aluminum shell produces a bright, crisp attack with the perfect balance of full resonant tone and snare crack. Imperial Lugs and supraphonic snares are standard. The 6.5" x 14" tends to be darker and deeper sounding than the
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This Pearl Piccolo 13" x 3" Snare Drum features a Steel shell with Black Lacquer finish. Known for the ability to project and cut through loud electronics, this piccolo snare drum serves equally well as a primary instrument or as a secondary "effect" snare drum.