Vintage Vibes with Modern Sounds
A&F snare drums blend old-world craftsmanship with new world sounds. The boutique drum company out of Austin, Texas creates instruments with exceptional sound and a beautiful aesthetic. In their relatively short history, they have burst on the scene with a totally unique vibe unlike anything we've seen at the Drum Center of Portsmouth. They locally source all available materials and hand-make their shells, hoops, lugs, and badges. A&F uses Italian leather washers between anything that makes contact with the shell and hand stamp every badge for each drum with its own exclusive serial number.
We've put together a comprehensive showcase of 10 amazing A&F snare drums we currently have in stock!
These particular A&F Snare Drums are a Drum Center of Portsmouth EXCLUSIVE!
This 14x7 A&F Raw Bronze Snare Drum is innovative, gorgeous, and completely handcrafted from scratch in Austin, Texas. A&F cuts, rolls, welds, and sands their own shells, then treat them with a patented oxidizing formula to jumpstart the patina process. The edge is a 45 degree cut with a 3.5" snare bed, and the drums are fitted with 10 in-house machined raw brass lugs. This deceptively heavy snare is hyper-sensitive, with a fundamentally bright and "cymbal-y" tone with projection and articulation that is second to none.
The next A&F Snare Drum tested was their exclusive 1/4 inch one-piece seamless core shell carved out of single tree trunk, hence the vertical grain! It has no re-rings, and it features their 45-degree edge and comes with A&F handmade raw brass hoops and lugs. It has a deep, throaty, woody tone with incredible snare sensitivity and response. We think this is one of the finest wood snares currently on the market!
This 4x14 A&F Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum is an absolute knockout. This particular brass shell was sent to a nickel plater in Texas who's family has been plating nickel since 1930's. The edge is a 45 degree cut with a 3.5" snare bed. This deceptively heavy snare is hyper-sensitive, with a fundamentally bright and crispy tone with projection and articulation that is second to none.
This particular A&F Snare Drum is one of our best sellers. The 14x5 Raw Brass Snare Drum has 10 lugs and projects a classic vintage brass tone with more volume than you'd expect. Both visually and sonically stunning, this may have been our favorite recorded sound of the showcase.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful steel snare drum? We were absolutely blown away by this magnificent 14x6.5 Raw Steel A&F Snare Drum. The nickle over brass hardware is a fantastic contrast to the shell's raw finish. The tone is raw, sharp and energetic. Simply amazing! We also tested this raw steel shell in 14x4.5 with raw brass hardware and were equally impressed.
A&F Snare drums also include a solid maple shell in their lineup. This 14x6.5 has a very low pitch with great sensitivity and a dry, woody tone. It comes built with A&F's raw brass hoops, 10 lugs, no reinforcement rings, 45 degree bearing edges, and a whole lot of sass!
Rounding out our A&F Snare Drum showcase is the 14x5 Maple Club snare drum in Charcoal Grey. The Club shells are cut with an outside reverse baseball bat bearing edge and do not use re-rings. This drum is finished with patented A&F raw brass hardware. The lower mid-range tone you get when striking this drum is clean, natural, round and woody. This particular snare is 14x5 with 10 lugs.
Drum Center of Portsmouth is Your Home for A&F Snare Drums!
We are very excited to be carrying the A&F line at Drum Center of Portsmouth. Once you play them for yourself, you'll understand why! If you have any questions about this high-end, boutique drum company give a call at (603)319-8109. We are happy to help!