Gear Review: New Snare Drums From PDP
Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) offers two new drums in its Concept Select range. With a shallower shell than the original 6.5 × 14-inch Concept Select metal snares launched in 2020, the new 5.5 × 14-inch Concept Select is available in 3mm seamless aluminum and Bell Bronze and gives players a good second option for snare sounds. If you’re a fan of metallic snares, you might just want to have both in your arsenal.
The metal shell of each of the new snare drums is adorned with a unique, laser-etched Art Deco-inspired badge. Both new offerings feature the following chrome hardware: Dual Turret Lugs, 2.3mm Triple Flanged Hoops, the Company’s True-Pitch Tension Rods, and the rugged DW Mag. Additionally, the drums feature 20 strand snare leads and Remo DW drum heads. The striking look of the Concept Select aluminum snare drum is highlighted by satin walnut hoops and low profile claw hooks which also provide enhanced playing comfort.
If you are new to PDP drums, you should. Founded by Drum Workshop, Inc. in 1999, Pacific Drums and Percussion is a progressive and very user-friendly drum brand that offers boutique-inspired, classic-looking instruments with best-in-class build quality. PDP has been adopted by a wide range of players, from students and educators to notable universities, musical institutions, professional players and active drummers around the world. Founded on the idea that stylish, great-sounding instruments should be accessible to everyone, the value-conscious range has grown since its inception to include the award-winning Concept Series maple and birch drums, as well as hardware and Concept Series modular accessories. With exceptional sound and quality inherited from its founder, DW, PDP drummer solutions continue to grow in popularity.
The new Concept Select drums represent not only excellent tone, but also sonic value. With the aluminum model at just $ 499.99 and the Bell Bronze model at $ 849.99, it’s pretty easy to add both style and a second, shallower snare option to your kit.
Size, materials, design, and of course, build quality all play a role in how well a good snare sounds. Brass and brass alloys like bronze are the most well-known materials for snare drums. The metal shell accentuates the high end but with some bass / lower midrange warmth. Aluminum, on the other hand, delivers a crisper, crisper sound with a sparkling and brilliant high response that will cut through any mix and more. Look for the Concept Select Aluminum snare drum to deliver an consistently warm, earthy tone where the Bell Bronze model will make a statement with its punchy, powerful attack and a bigger, heavier sound that rock players will appreciate.
You can find out more about the PDP Concept Select range and all other PDP drums and accessories HERE.