Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Tama Superstar Reissue Snare (From the Feb. 2014 Issue)

The following review originally appeared in the February 2015 of Modern Drummer, which can be purchased at here. Product Close-Up Tama 40th Anniversary Superstar Reissue Snare A fitting tribute to the big, bold birch tones that defined the sound of the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2015

Showroom: Tama Releases Limited Metalworks Steel Snare

Tama’s new 6.5x14 LE Metalworks steel snare was built for maximum versatility and projection, cutting clarity, and crisp articulation. The 1.2mm shell and die-cast hoops are said to offer extreme sensitivity without sacrificing power. Features include a copper lacquer finish,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 13, 2015

What You Need to Know About...Snare Drums

  This article originally ran in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Drum Business.   by Ben Meyer Snare drums are easily the most recognizable voice in the drumkit. The practice of studio drummers using a different snare for every song,…

Modern Drummer
Dec 8, 2014

The Great “Girl on Fire??? Snare Drum Giveaway! Win the GMS snare drum that drummer Dylan Wissing used on Alicia Keys’ song “Girl on Fire”! Plus other great prizes from Sabian, Aquarian, Promark, PureSound, Drummer’s Resource, Audio School Online, and Indie Studio Drummer. Wissing is giving away…

Modern Drummer
Dec 2, 2014

Product Close-Up: Mapex Armory Series Drums

November 2014 Issue Product Close-Up Mapex Armory Series Drums Maple/birch shells, precise bearing edges, and a unique snare exchange program…at a midrange price? Yes, please! Mapex has been working hard to bring one-of-a-kind deals and pro-level features to the midrange…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 2014

Showroom: Craviotto Solitaire Series Aluminum Snare Drums

The Craviotto Drum Company’s new Solitaire snare drums feature a price point geared toward providing working drummers with a handmade metal shell instrument. Solitaire snares feature a thin-wall, aero-grade aluminum shell that’s cast and rolled in the USA and is…

Modern Drummer
Oct 22, 2014

Showroom: DW True-Sonic Snare Puts a Modern Twist on a Vintage Favorite

Drum Workshop has recently released a snare drum that pays tribute to an American classic and includes today’s latest innovations and build-quality. This drum, the True-Sonic, features a pre-tensioned, highly-adjustable snare bridge that said to provide orchestral-like sensitivity and articulation.…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2014

Check Out These Cool Stave, Aluminum, Ash, Steel, and Signature Snares From Gretsch!

The new Gold series ZigZag stave snare features individual vertical staves with hand-laid, alternating layers of maple and walnut in a satin finish, with the rhomboid shape of each piece creating an interlocking pattern. The thick, hybrid shell on the…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2014

Toca Percussion Offering Dual-Tone Snare Conga Cajon

Toca Percussion’s new versatile, portable Snare Conga Cajon wraps two distinct sounds into one easy-to-play and portable instrument. The fiberglass bowl is topped with a thin layer of tone wood that’s divided into two chambers. The larger chamber produces a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 4, 2014

Win Alice Cooper Drummer Glen Sobel’s Snare!

The Snare Contest, brought to you by Mapex, Greenbrier Music Store, and, will be giving away one of Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel’s snare drums. “This is the very first snare I received as a Mapex endorser in…

Modern Drummer
May 21, 2014

Product Close-Up: Geo. H. Way Tradition Snare Drums (From the June 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson George Way is a legendary figure in American drum manufacturing. He started his first drum company, Advance, in the early twentieth century and began working with Leedy in 1921, where he had a hand in a number…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2014

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Brady Baritone Series Snares (From the May 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson Brady snare drums are coveted by top studio and touring drummers for their unmatched power and thick, meaty tones. All of these limited instruments are handmade in the company’s facility in Australia, and they’re offered with traditional…

Modern Drummer
Mar 25, 2014

Product Close-Up: Magnus Opus FiBro-Tone Snare Drums (April 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson Magnus Opus founder and creative director Ron Adams has been fascinated by composite-shell drums since purchasing a Fibes Crystalite set in 1972. He then went on to pursue a degree in metallurgy and materials engineering, and now…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2014

Product Close-Up: Masters of Maple Black Ugly, Bell Brass, and Copper Snares (From the March 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson Founded by Southern California–based drum tech/builder Sahir Hanif in 2002, Masters of Maple began as a custom company that manufactured its own ply shells, with a special emphasis on exotic timbers. These days the company also offers…

Modern Drummer
Jan 28, 2014