NAMM 2019: Tama hits the mark with trio of sub-£120 steel snare drums

NAMM 2019: If you’re on the lookout for a metal shelled snare drum on a budget in 2019, Tama’s trio of affordable new Metalworks Black Steel snares could be right up your street.

At the core of the three size options - 10”x5.5”, 14”x5.5” and 14”x6.5” - is a 1.2mm matte black steel shell, crafted with a central ridge for reinforcement. The sound is described as having “a bright tone with a tight crispness in high-tuning and a smooth resonance in low-tuning”. 

The stealthy drums come complete with matching black shell hardware, including 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops.

Aside from the spec, the most appealing element of Tama’s Black Steel snares is the price. The 10”x5.5” will set you back just £99, followed closely by the 14”x5.5” at £109 and the 14”x6.5” £119. We’ll take one of each.

Head over to Tama for the full lowdown.


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Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.