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The New Names in High End Snare Drums

I'm VERY passionate about drums. I love everything about them: the way they sound, the way they feel, the way they track, everything! I love the little nuances that differentiates each drum from the next. There are so many variables that add up to create that "magic" - a sound that becomes associated with greatness. I feel it was easier to associate "greatness" to particular snare drums in the past than it is now. Early on, everyone coveted the Black Beauties and Radio Kings. Then the Tama Bell Brass happened. Then Noble & Cooley appeared. Then we saw the names which I feel set the standard for "high end"; Brady and Craviotto.

Brady employed block (or stave) shell construction, whereas Craviotto used a steam-bending process to craft their solid ply drums. Both had differing yet enviable sounds. Troubles at Brady occurred, and they were forced to close up shop. And as nice as the Craviotto snare drums were, the prices of the drums eventually climbed to a point that seemed to be aimed solely at collectors, not players.

Other independent, high-end builders like Dunnett, Joyful Noise, AK, Longo, Montineri, Canopus, GMS, and Keplinger (among MANY others) have maintained their profiles and have continued to push the craft of making drums to the highest level. With so many to choose from, it really is the best time to be an enthusiast of the centerpiece of your kit : the snare drum!

But I can't help but wonder: what's next? With this newly-formed void in the high-end drum market, who is going to step it up and establish the new pedigree?

Well, we at DCP have been carefully considering this. We are regarded as an authority on high end snare drums, and many professionals and enthusiasts rely on our expertise in this matter. We have been actively seeking out and familiarizing ourselves with the sounds and tones of some of the newer names in high-end drums. That said, I really feel the time is right to introduce some of these snare drums as the new pedigree of craftsmanship and sound. Today, we will feature four, though one isn't new at all ... it's the oldest drum company in existence!

No, they aren't the new kids on the block, but there's a renewed spirit at Noble & Cooley, and the drums sound better then ever. They've tweaked their specs a bit, and this has resulted in some truly amazing sounding drums that cater to players and collectors alike.

From N&C:
Founded in 1854 by Silas Noble and James Cooley, Noble & Cooley has been sustainably producing hand-crafted drums for over 160 years. Our wood is and always has been grown in our own back yard, and harvested right here in New England. As a company with great antiquity, we have evolved and perfected our products over time while preserving the importance of family tradition. Continuously owned and operated by direct descendants of James Cooley, the Noble & Cooley Company of today is still operated in its original location in Granville, Massachusetts.

Noble And Cooley Solid Ply Cherry Snare Drum 14x7 

Noble And Cooley Solid Ply Cherry Snare Drum 14x7 Oil/Brass w/ Burned Logo : Cherry produces a rich, projective midrange and balance without favoring the bass or treble frequencies. These drums have a more focused, crisp fundamental than maple.

Video Demo of this Noble & Cooley Cherry

We've carried an assortment of Unix drums for a few years. I was very intrigued by their drums the moment I saw them. The quality was outstanding, but the attention to detail was what really stood out to me. I've never seen such fine woodworking on drums in my life. Unix specializes in stave construction drums, and they've now released their steam-bent offerings (which fly out of here as soon as they land). The drums sound and look exquisite, and they have attractive pricing.

Unix Drums Solid Ply Curly Maple Snare Drum 14x7 Wicked Blue Lacquer

  • 14x7 solid steambent curly maple shell w/ matching reinforcement hoops
  • Clear gloss lacquer
  • Flanged hoops
  • Dunnett R4 throwoff
  • Remo heads

More Info Here

Unix Drums Solid Ply Curly Maple Snare Drum 14x7 Natural Lacquer

  • 14x7 solid steambent curly maple shell w/ matching reinforcement hoops
  • Clear gloss lacquer
  • Flanged hoops
  • Dunnett R4 throwoff
  • Remo heads

More Info Here

Nearly everyone at DCP owns an Acoutin snare drum (even without any additional discount from Acoutin)! We've all bought one because they are invariably among the best sounding snare drums that we've ever heard, and we have over 400 snare drums in stock ... I think that says something! Combining lush tone woods with a thin stainless shell center, the Acoutin snares offer the best of both worlds. From brush playing to rimshots, these drum shine. If you want to get a different sound and a different feel, get an Acoutin. But be warned; these are VERY addictive!

Have a look at this lovely Mahogany Stainless. Incredible sonic contrast.

Watch The Video!

Rhett Hendrix is one of the most tenacious, hard-working builders I've ever met. And I love his snare drums. He's the inventor of the sleeved washers, which many of you may already use. (For those not yet in the know, they replace your regular tension rod washers and help the drum stay in tune.) Rhett includes these washers on each of his drums, and all other appointments are of top quality. His drums, be it Bubinga, Maple, Ash, or Padauk, all have a unique but unifying character. There's a certain "confidence" to the sound of Hendrix snare drums, and that really appeals to the people that own them.

Hendrix Stave Ash Snare Drum 14x6 Gloss

My principle with drums has always been that the SOUND has to come first. There are a lot of great wood workers who have crafted some beautiful drums, but many of them haven't created a really great sound. I've watched the Hendrix drums for years, and they've proven themselves. They're boutique drums at a kick-butt price.

Hendrix Snares with Video Demos

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We have three different flexible options to help you get the gear you need.  We currently offer 0% in-store financing for visitors of our New Hampshire store. For our web customers, Paypal credit is available, offering 6 months with no interest, or you can get financing terms up to 60 months by applying here.

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