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Snare Drum of the Month – Provenance 14×5.25″ 1944 RR Merlin XX Snare Drum

I may have said before that I love a drum with a history or a story, and that’s the whole premise of Provenance Drums; the shell material is made from something that has already had a previous life; in this instance, the material was part of a 1944 Rolls Royce Merlin XX V12 engine. Now,

By | 2020-10-15T12:09:32+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Provenance 14×5.25″ 1944 RR Merlin XX Snare Drum

Snare Drum Of The Month – Sia 12×7” Red Gum

I like 12x7” snare drums. I like them because not only do you get the higher crack from the smaller head size, you still get some body too and I find that much more useful than something in a more shallow depth. This stave shelled drum is made from Red Gum and the rich colour

By | 2020-09-14T23:46:39+00:00 September 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Sia 12×7” Red Gum

Instagram Chats – Dave Weckl – Drummers Who Have Inspired Me

Like many thousands of us drummers, Dave Weckl had a big impact on me, and I'm proud to have been able to get to know Dave personally over the years. In this Instagram Live show Dave tells us about the five drummers who had a big impact on him, in one of the most honest

By | 2020-09-01T00:22:41+00:00 September 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Instagram Chats – Dave Weckl – Drummers Who Have Inspired Me

SDOTM – Tama 14×6.5 Star Reserve iv Snare Drum

I have no problem admitting this is one of my favourite snare drums, but not because of the way it looks. This is, as it turns out, one of the more polarising finishes of recent years it seems, at least in terms of Tama. People seem to either not mind how it looks or hate

By | 2020-07-15T00:45:20+00:00 July 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on SDOTM – Tama 14×6.5 Star Reserve iv Snare Drum

Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl Masterworks 12×7″ Purple Tamo Ash

This drum comes with two stories, the initial one of which is fairly routine. First of all, and as you’ll have seen, it’s a 12x7” Masterworks in a purple tamo finish which I bought second hand.  The shell is made from mahogany with just a hint of maple in there too. It has eight tube

By | 2020-06-15T08:29:26+00:00 June 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl Masterworks 12×7″ Purple Tamo Ash

Snare Drum Of The Month – Dave Mattacks Craviotto

Dave Mattacks is an English drummer who has lived in the US since the 1990s. He’s probably most famous for being a member of Fairport Convention and a very successful session player. He also likes snare drums. I have two walnut Craviotto snare drums, both of them 14x6.5” but both still very different. As far

By | 2020-04-30T21:44:53+00:00 May 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Dave Mattacks Craviotto

Snare Drum Of The Month – Ochletree 14×8″ Tree Bronze Snare

I would love to give you loads of details regarding the background and history of these drums, but I can’t. I can’t even recall how I myself came to know about these drums either, I just seem to know about them. I know that Jeff Ochletree designed the Tree Bronze series of drums after he

By | 2020-03-31T18:05:54+00:00 April 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Ochletree 14×8″ Tree Bronze Snare

Snare Drum Of The Month – Premier Signia 14×5.5 75th Anniversary Edition

So recently, I got a Premier Signia snare; not this one, this one - http://mikedolbear.com/features/sdotm-jan20-premier-signia/ If you read that piece, you’ll see that drum was a long, long time coming for me between first wanting one to actually getting one. Now, this snare was something I’d not exactly ever thought about trying to get hold of. It was something

By | 2020-03-20T13:28:16+00:00 March 20th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Premier Signia 14×5.5 75th Anniversary Edition
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