Three solid-shell snares designed to let the timber speak for itself.

The last time we checked in with Rancho Santa Fe, California–based boutique brand Doc Sweeney was in the May 2020 issue, when we reviewed the gorgeous 1920s-inspired Classic series 5.5x14 solid-shell maple and mahogany snares.

This month we got our hands on three more solid-shell options, also 5.5x14, but made from ash, oak, and elm. While the Classic series drums are made to replicate, and possibly improve upon, the highly coveted dark, dry tones of vintage drums, these three snares—categorized as the Pure series—are meant to express the utmost tone and performance from a single-species shell. Let’s put them to the test.

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