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Tama Starphonic Series Snare Drum - 6"x14" - Nickel Plated Brass Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • Aaron Rom

    Brass snares are great when you want the warmth of a wood shell with the power and projection of a metal shell. The Tama PBR146 Brass Snare Drum sounds incredibly musical, from sensitive grace notes to ear-splitting rim shots, and can be used almost anywhere. Not to mention, the tuning system is a guaranteed time saver. You won't have to worry about losing tension rods or washers ever again!

  • from February 23, 2017

    Nickel Plated Brass Snare

    I bought this snare to compliment my DW Collector's Cherry and the sound is incredible. Have one tuned high and the other tuned low so I can cover various genres. Great looking and the technical features are amazing. It has a lot less overtone than I expected which was a pleasant surprise.

  • from February 23, 2017

    Nickel Plated Brass Snare

    I bought this snare to compliment my DW Collector's Cherry and the sound is incredible. Have one tuned high and the other tuned low so I can cover various genres. Great looking and the technical features are amazing. It has a lot less overtone than I expected which was a pleasant surprise.

  • from NYC January 25, 2017Music Background:
    Drummer - Thrilldriver

    Simply the best snare out there

    I've used just about every snare out there and I've got to say, the second I got my hands on the Tama Starphonic nickel-played Brass it instantly was a favorite if not my absolute favorite. It is everything you could want in one package. A beautiful rich crack that cuts through yet is warm, rounded, and smooth as well. Whether tuned high, low, or right down the middle, you can find the sound you're looking for.

    The Starphonic has some of the best features on the market including the amazing grooved hoops and freedom lugs. Genius. And having the additional tension wheel opposite the throw off allows you to really set and/or adjust the snare wires to your desire. This brass snare is a no-brainer and should be in every drummer's arsenal.

  • from Dayton July 21, 2015Music Background:
    Drummer

    Amazing drum...

    I've long wanted a brass snare and what a snare this turned out to be! First the tone: it's simply amazing. I have it tuned upper-mid tension-wise and it just cracks. The rim shots are thick and rewarding, the cross sticking is very clear and defined. This drum gets loud if you want it to, but it's also very sensitive. The stock snare wires are very nice and provides ample amounts of articulation if you tighten them up right, which is easy to do since there are two tension screws, one on each side. The throw off is nice and simply works.

    The design of this drum, and all the other snares in Tama's Starphonic line are an amazing breath of fresh air. The snare design has sat stagnant for far too long, but finally Tama raised the bar. Not only does this snare sound beautiful, the freedom lugs and groove hoops are a dream come true. No longer do I dread swapping heads, especially the bottom one. It's like an engineer actually designed the thing instead of just repeating the same old design. I was worried the cut away reso side hoop wouldn't be as sturdy given it doesn't have the usual bridge covering the gap, but I've bashed on the drum for a few months now and it still holds tuning beautifully. The groove hoop also curves in towards the drum, like an S hoop, instead of out like typical triple flanged hoops, and I find the feel and thickness to be closer to a die-cast hoop. The stock head is fine. I but I bought other heads thinking the stock one wouldn't be any good, but it suits me just fine.

    For fun, I cranked it to a high tuning and then way down to a low tuning and it sounds great everywhere. It also comes with a Tama logo muffling ring. It's clear and a little narrower than typical damping rings. I like the ring of the drum, but I have found that if I get too crazy with compression in a recording, it can really bring the ring to an annoying level (even greater than what you hear on the Meantime album from Helmet, for those familiar with that CD). The muffling ring tames any ring out in the recordings I've done with it.

    I would've paid two hundred more for a snare like this. At this price, it's a steal! I also own the G-Bubinga but this has become my primary snare. I love it live and it's easy to record. Everyone should have a snare like this.

    Oh, it also came with a great Tama tuning key. Now I have two. Those things are the best I've ever used. If they magnetized them they'd be impossible to improve in my opinion.

  • from Missoula, MT June 10, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Musician

    Wow!

    I was looking for a snare to compliment my Starcalssic Maple and provide a different sonic character. I purchased this a couple of months ago, and it sounds so good. It holds tune amazingly well. The strainer is simple and smooth. The sound sits in the mix perfectly! I hardly have to EQ. It sounds great with a Beta57 or i5. I have been recording harder rock or lighter metal, and this thing cuts through the wall of guitar sound perfectly. It doesn't squash vocals at all. Love it.

  • from Poconos June 23, 2017Music Background:
    Most kinds

    Satisfied Starphonic Owner

    It was time to buy a Black Beauty (BB) so I could have my go to snare, base on what I've heard over the years. But I found that one out every couple reviews on the BB had people complaining about the strainer or the screws or swapping out the snares for an upgrade.... If I'm going to drop $$$ on the flagship snare, I want it to be perfect. I started looking at a Pearl Senistone and this Tama Starphonic. The lug "Latch" sold me on the Tama. Should I break a head at a gig, it is a quick change out. I don't break heads, but it is a piece of mind thing. It sounds great. I don't think I could get a BB sounding discernibly different. I am happy with my choice. Maybe it is lighting, but mine does NOT look two-tone like the one in the photo. It looks more aluminum in color then rose-ish/brass. I even checked to make sure I got the right model.

    A Richy-ring is included, but I won't use it. I like a little ring.

    The drum key they include is awesome. Much nicer then standard.

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