Top 5 Snares of 2020

Top 5 Snares of 2020

We have been busy picking out some of the most exciting snare drums of 2020 from our wide selection. It wasn’t an easy task, but we believe that our five finalists have earned the highest honour possible- being in this list! There’s a wide range for all applications and styles from the balanced Benny Greb Signature Snares – (yes, there are two now!) – to the gaudy Tama Metalworks model! The price-performance ratio was a matter of heart for us and remains one of the key factors in our reviews! Let’s go!

Sonor SSD 13" x 5,75" Benny Greb Signature Snare 2.0

Almost exactly ten years ago Sonor and German super drummer Benny Greb decided to develop a snare drum together. Since then the model has become a bestseller, which may be due to the fact that Benny actually uses the drum for all his projects.

However, instead of resting on their laurels, they’ve launched a comprehensive update of the beech snare drum for 2020. But that’s not all, Benny’s request for a brass version has also been met. So now there are two Signature models, both in the special size of 13 x 5.75 inches. As expected, they sound grandiose, compact and woody while playing the beech model, bold and smooth while swinging with the brass version. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Benny Greb fan or not- you should definitely check these out!

Price €735 / £688

Ludwig 14 x 6.5" Bronze Beauty Limited

The words Ludwig and Beauty have been inspiring drummers worldwide for decades. The reason for this is quickly explained, firstly, because the Black Beauty is one of the best-sounding and most used brass snare drums ever and secondly, because the name Ludwig simply has legendary status.

The Thomann Drums team recently managed to get the Americans to cooperate in order to produce a very special limited edition snare drum. The result is an instrument with a seamless bronze shell and black anodization. Bronze Supraphonic meets Black Beauty, so to speak. The snare sounds extremely warm and balanced and is therefore recommended as a true all-rounder for many applications. And that’s not all, because the Bronze Beauty Limited is also considerably cheaper than comparable series models. The fact that the instrument will also be significantly rarer in the future makes it even more interesting in the minds of collectors!

Price €733 / £679

Tama 13" x 4" Metalworks Flat Black

Are you looking for a flashy main snare or a versatile side snare? Then you should have a closer look at the Tama 13 x 4″ Metalworks in Flat Black. With its reduced dimensions it provides a higher pitch and a great sensitivity for ghost notes. The steel kettle delivers the overtones needed for a good assertiveness and the completely matte appearance looks plain but noble

The fact that Tama also provides the snare drum with good quality hardware and that the breakable parts (skins, snare wires, etc.) can keep up with the snare drum rounds off the overall package, we would say: an ideal Christmas present for drummers!

Price €112 / £99

Mapex 14 x6.5" Shadow

With their new snare drum line, Mapex have introduced a whole range of excellent professional instruments at humane prices. For this top 5 list we have chosen the model Shadow, a 14” x 6.5” wooden snare drum with an interesting combination of materials and very good hardware.  

Here the shell consists of a seven-layer hybrid construction of walnut and birch wood, the outside has a particularly beautiful grain. Soundwise it goes in the fat and warm direction, the special SonicSaver tension hoops, which are bent inwards, contribute to this a lot. The other hardware is also of high quality. The precise lift-off offers a double-sided adjustment of the snare wires with a ratchet to prevent automatic adjustment. If you are looking for a wooden snare with a good volume but still with a sensitive snare response at a very attractive price, you should definitely take a closer look at the Mapex Shadow.

Price €343 / £322

DW PDP 20th Anniversary

Anniversary instruments are usually paid for by the manufacturers with a considerable surcharge. Not the case with DW PDP, whose 20th Anniversary Snare is only a measly 13 euros extra compared to the serial model. But for this you get not only a chic anniversary badge, but a completely new shell and hardware finish. Antique Bronze is the name of the noble colouring of the hardware parts, the shell itself has a central high-gloss stripe and the edges are designed in a matte fashion.

Price €193 / £180

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.

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