What is the best snare drum of 2017?

The snare drum is an essential part of any drummer’s set-up. The characteristics of your snare and the way you play it can define your sound, and that’s why so many drummers own more than one!

This year’s best snare drum category shortlist shows exactly how much choice drummers have when it comes to choosing the dominant voice in their rig. From unique shells made from recycled composite materials or acrylic, to carefully-specced workhorse drums, right up to new classics given the nod by a session great, there were loads of great snares released this year.

Did any of these make their way into your set-up, or have you got your eye on one (or more) for your Christmas list? Show your snare drum love by placing a vote below.

Want to vote in other Best in drums 2017 categories? Have your say here.

Last year’s winner: Tama Soundworks

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