Which Snare Drum Should I Buy?
Black Swamp Percussion offers a complete range of professional snare drums for every situation. Here's a guide that offers tips and information to help you choose the right snare drum for you.
The Multisonic Snare Drum is our most popular snare drum and is named for the unique and innovative snare strainer. We offer this drum in 5" x 14" and 6.5" x 14" size (depth x diameter). If this is your first snare drum, we suggest getting the 5" x 14" in 7-ply maple, although we also offer brass, titanium, and solid steam-bent shells. If you want a 4" x 14", check out the Mercury Series.
The Multisonic snare strainer system allows you to choose different combinations of snare types. For example, you can choose all coated cable snares, or just the lightest uncoated cable types. We suggest you find a few combination of 3 snares that cover a range of sounds. As you change venues or types of music you can easily switch snare combinations to complement the musical situation. To see a video demonstration of the Multisonic snare system, click here (listen on good speakers or earphones). Click here to see more performances with the Multisonic.
The SoundArt Snare Drum boasts the industry original integrated trio snare system. It is simpler than the Multisonic, but no less effective. It's great if you want straight ahead concert performance out of your snare drum. We offer this drum in 5" x 14" and 6.5" x 14" size (depth x diameter). If this is your first snare drum, we suggest getting the 5" x 14" in 7-ply maple, although we also offer brass, titanium, and solid steam-bent shells. If you want a 4" x 14", check out the Mercury Series.
Each of the three snare units can be individually tensioned for maximum snare response and a wide dynamic range. To see video demonstrations of SoundArt Snare Drums, click here.
The Mercury Snare Drums represent the smaller sizes favored by many percussionists today. They are available with the Multisonic or SoundArt snare systems (4" x 14"), or our mini trio strainer system (3.5" x 13"). Far from being a one trick pony, these drums not only superb sensitivity and response for audition purposes, but they speak fully for use as piccolo drums and works requiring a "small" or "petite" snare drum.
Our favorite 4" x 14" or 3.5" x 14" has a titanium shell. Ultimate sensitivity and zippiness for the most demanding soft excerpts.
The Pro10 Studio snare drum is an innovative drum that offers all the benefit of progressive tension in a "set it and forget it" design. The snare unit has coated and uncoated cable that is setup so the snare goes from tighter to looser. This broadens the response and dynamic range of the drum. This is advantageous for institutional bands and orchestras because there is only the tension knob to adjust, and the snare adjustment is set at the factory with a drum key, making it more difficult for curious fingers to send the unit out of optimum adjustment.
Available in a 6.5" x 14" 9-ply maple shell.
The Concert Maple snare drum is our most affordable drum, making it a great choice for people and institutions on a budget. This drum features genuine Black Swamp cable snares, our Arch2 die cast lugs, 2.3 mm triple flanged hoops, and the same high quality 7-ply maple shell that we use on the Multisonic and SoundArt drums. This is a popular drum for us, and we regularly get positive feedback on its sound quality.
Available in 5" x 14" and 6.5" x 14 in either Cherry Rosewood or Concert Black.
"Black Swamp Percussion instruments were all carefully selected to be the voices of my sound, my individual personality in music. The collection I've curated, so far, in my academic and professional careers has given me a versatility and capability that I did not know was possible or attainable. My sound is Black Swamp Percussion."
Chris Scarberry - Specialist, US Army Bands
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