Sakae Black on Brass snare drums
The Rhythm Best in drums 2016 polls have received over 136,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the drummers and gear that have excelled in 2016. Here, we present the best snare drums of 2016. First up we have Sakae’s Black On Brass snares…
We said: "Great sounding, superbly made snare drums. Each one exudes elegance and class with a glossy, black-mirrored finish and striking chromed die-cast lugs. The Sakae Black on Brass drums are sure to turn heads."
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VK Drums B20 Bronze snare drum
We said: "Eye-wateringly expensive it may be, but the VK Drums B20 Bronze drum is a supreme instrument; expertly crafted and seriously heavy. A fantastic option for a studio snare."
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BUY: VK Drums B20 Bronze snare drum currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
Ludwig Hammered Copperphonic snare drum
We said: "Ludwig’s aluminium Supraphonic is probably the world’s biggest selling professional snare drum. Here we have the familiar Supra design, but with a standard shell replaced with this funky-looking copper shell instead. Tuned high and bright you get that Ludwig crispness that has sold a million metal snare drums, whether brass, bronze, aluminium or copper."
Pearl Dennis Chambers Signature snare drum
We said: "The Pearl Dennis Chambers Signature is a beautifully-made drum. Unique characteristics make it stand out from the crowd, much like the man who inspired it, jazz and funk king Dennis Chambers."
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Gretsch Bell Brass snare drum
We said: "The Gretsch Bell Brass is a very loud snare drum that’s surprisingly versatile but certainly suited for heavy styles due to its ability to slice through the mix. Heavy in more ways than one."
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Winner: Tama Soundworks snare drums
We said: "An outstanding amount of drum for the money. A great choice in sizes and each one sounds fantastic. The Tama Soundworks snare drums are suitable for the aspiring and professional drummer alike."
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