Pearl StaveCraft Snare Drums
‘Producing sharp sonic focus and full-bodied volume for the heavy drummer, StaveCraft snares are a startling addition to any pro player’s soundscape. Each 25mm thick shell starts from two layers of meticulously beveled solid Thai Oak wood staves. Using a principal exclusive to these snare drums, an added stave of exotic Makha wood is inserted into the center Dado channel formed by each stave. This “Dado-Loc” joint increases total shell strength by 50%.
The shell is then lathed to a perfectly round 25mm thickness, hand lacquered, and fitted with our Swivel Tube Lugs and MasterCast die-cast counter hoops for added volume and tuning precision.
Yielding solid shell tonal snare spike from a powerful mix of hardwoods, Pearl’s StaveCraft snare drums are the perfect fusion of old-world workmanship and new-school performance.’
Each drum features a 25mm thick shell, die cast (MasterCast) hoops, Remo USA heads (CS Dot and a snare side Ambassador), 20 strand Pearl wires and Click-Lock Snare Strainer; all high end components.
Now, the build and set up of these drums – i.e. a thick shell, die cast hoops and a CS Dot head – pretty much dictates what kind of sound they’re going to give you, and that’s a higher, attacking, focused sound. That’s fine, because you don’t really need to hit the drum to know that. I have actually owned a drum very similar to these and I found it really only managed to do higher and medium tensioning. However, with these drums, I found that despite the thickness of the shell and other factors I mentioned, some of them did manage to go to a lower tensioning in a more convincing manner. I wasn’t really expecting that and only initially did the lower tensioning in the video ‘just because’ rather than because I was expecting anything useable from the effort.
These are a relatively specialist item in terms of application, so they won’t appeal to everyone.
Yes, they will go a bit lower if you want them to, but then again, why would you want a drum with a shell that thick and then tune it down? However, if you want a drum that will deliver a higher pitch and don’t really like the feel of a piccolo, something like this might work out for you.