The Pearl free floating snare drum has been my “go-to” for the last ten years or so. There are many options available in shell choice and dimensions (depths), but my favorite so far has been the brass shell with a depth of 6.5 inches (pictured at left is the brass snare with a depth of 5″).
Why do I love this snare so much?
It is extremely versatile. I can always make it sound good in any situation.
Performing live? I’ve played it on jazz gigs where I used a lighter touch and I’ve beaten the crap out of it on all-rimshot-all-the-time rock gigs.
In the studio? I recently used it on recording sessions where I was asked to play: heavy metal, fusion, funk, disco and power pop.
Yup. I love this snare drum. In fact people I play with actually have asked for it when I thought to try a different snare.
The Pearl free floating snares are available in a variety of different dimensions as well as with different shell materials (steel, bronze, brass, mahogany, maple, birch, etc.). I’m excited to try some new versions of my trusty “go-to.”
The snare drum is arguably the most important voice on a drummer’s kit, so getting it right is extremely important. I urge you to check out these snares if you’re still trying to find the right sound.
More here from Pearl’s website: Free Floating Brass Snare