Provenance F4 Phantom Snare

From the cockpit to the drum kit

It's not hard to find unusual materials being used in modern snares - hell, in the last year we've had concrete, bronze and acrylic. That said, we must confess that Provenance Drums' latest snare creation is the first that we've seen recycled from a fighter jet…

Build

Here we have a 14"x51⁄2" snare created from an F4 Phantom fighter jet. The drum is sand cast aluminium with 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops and rounded bearing edges. It also features a lathed shell and 10 chrome tube lugs.

"Provenance has also made drums from a 1966 Jaguar MKII, a 1962 Bentley S2 and a 1962 Rolls Royce"

Provenance has also made drums from a 1966 Jaguar MKII, a 1962 Bentley S2, a 1962 Rolls Royce, to name just a few examples. Owner Tim Broughton explains that he sources such materials from dealers, collectors and fellow enthusiasts. On the company's origins, he tells us:

"I have a fascination with history, historical artifacts and classic design, as well as a passion for music, drums and drumming. In particular I love British aviation, automobile and maritime objects. After visiting an aviation museum, I thought it would be a cool thing to make a snare from a Spitfire. The idea grew from that to what Provenance is today."

Hands on

But is it all a gimmick? Style over substance, perhaps? The answer is a resounding 'no'. It doesn't take long for us to realise how special this drum really is.

This 14"x51⁄2" snare is something more of a muscle stretcher. Well, they don't make those fighter jets out of any old material, you know - and that sturdy Dunnett R Class doesn't help lighten the load.

"A few turns of the drum key and it soon bursts into life with an explosion of sound"

A 5B to the middle of the drum draws somewhat surprising results. It sounds somewhat dead on first impression, bellowing out an ungodly, boomy thud, like a cricket bat to the side of the head. A few turns of the drum key and it soon bursts into life with an explosion of sound, as we find more of a deep growl with a hint of metallic overtone. Cranking the snare to its limits brings a whip-like crack that gets a big thumbs-up from the rest of the band.

Sonically, it's not a million miles away from the EcHo Custom Drums aluminium snares that we reviewed back in May. The drum's tonal capabilities aren't quite as wide-ranging as those found with the recently reviewed Provenance piccolo, but the 14"x51⁄2" remains a solid performer which also packs plenty of body - you can get a satisfyingly full, fat sound jam-packed with resonance.

While the drum is made from metal, there's not a single hint of clang to its sound, instead it's more than capable of a beautifully clear tone, and both kick out a hell of a racket when required.

Of course, this drum is eye-wateringly expensive. £1,000-plus for a snare drum is monumentally pricey, but then we must remember that something being expensive doesn't necessarily equate to poor value for money.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

True one-off. Interesting tones. Conversation starter!

Cons

The price is staggering.

Verdict

It requires wads of cash, but this snare is a genuine work of one-off art, as well as a fantastic drum.

Snare Lugs

10

Hoops

Triple-Flanged Hoops

Drum Shell Material

Aluminium (reclaimed from an F4 Phantom fighter jet)

Snare Strainer

Dunnett 'R' Class

Snare Size

14 x 5.5

Bearing Edge

Rounded

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