Buying snare drums that are a separate brand, size or type to the rest of a drum set is very common and there are plenty of reasons why you may want to buy a new snare drum.
Perhaps the drum set you bought did not come with a snare, or perhaps you don’t like the one that you did get with it. It is also possible that the snare you have may not be appropriate for the style of drumming that you intend to do.
For instance, you may be playing hard rock music and you want that deep punchy snare tone. Alternatively, you may be playing jazz and want a snare drum that has a higher pitch to pick up any brushwork you may be doing.
The snare drum that you are looking to buy may be one that does not usually come with a drum set. It might be one that you can use in an orchestral setting.
Finding a snare that fits your needs is essential to drumming. Drummers that like to change their technique of playing may have two or three snare drums - one for each style.
No matter why you’re looking to buy a new snare drum, this list will give you some tips and hopefully put you in the right direction.
Points to think on
When looking at snare drums listed for sale, make sure they fit the genre and style that you are looking to play, before handing over any money.
Do your research - for the best brushwork you might want a snare that’s thin, or you might want something deeper for rock. Alternatively, a marching snare drum could better fit your needs.
Look for leading brands such as Yamaha, Pearl, Mapex and Sonor.
What to know about buying a new Snare Drum
With regard to snare drums, there aren’t any hard and fast rules about buying them new or used. However, many people prefer to get a new snare drum.
A new snare drum isn’t very expensive, and you will know that it’s in excellent condition. You won’t have to worry about any issues that may exist with used drums.
The downside to buying new is the fact that you will likely need to invest in new drumheads, as most drum sets come with cheap snare drums that have flimsy and easily breakable heads. Also, new drums are going to cost more than pre-owned ones.
What to know about buying a pre-owned Snare Drum
Buying a used snare drum is always a more economical option. You should be able to find a suitable pre-owned drum for sale that is a more affordable than a new one. If you’re looking for a very specific and expensive snare, this is good news.
The only downside of used snare drums will be any form of wear and dents. Buying a new drum head will solve that problem and you would probably have needed to do this regardless. Also, when buying anything used, make sure you’re buying from a reputable dealer, or inspect the item prior to purchasing it to ensure it’s in good condition.