Pearl SensiTone Beaded Aluminum Snare - 6.5"x14"

6.5"x14" Beaded Aluminum Snare
Pearl SensiTone Beaded Aluminum Snare - 6.5
Pearl SensiTone Beaded Aluminum Snare - 6.5
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Distinctive Tone with Looks to Match

The snare is the backbone of your kit and the song. At Sweetwater, we understand how the sound of your snare is key to your signature sound. When you add a Pearl Sensitone Premium Beaded Aluminum 6.5"x14" snare drum to your kit, you're setting yourself apart from the crowd sonically. The depth combined with the beaded aluminum shell gives you a warm, dry sound reminiscent of a wood shell a with quick decay. A new snare is one of the easiest ways to make your kit stand feel new again, and the Pearl Sensitone Premium Beaded Aluminum 6.5"x14" snare drum does that with style.

Pearl Sensitone Premium Beaded Aluminum 6.5"x14" Snare Drum Features:
  • Premium hardware for incredible looks and tone
  • Gladstone-style throwoff with Pearl's Click-Lock technology, effectively locking your settings no matter how hard you play
  • SuperHoop II provides exceptional tone and tuning stability
  • Modern ARL Tube Lugs boasting a bridge-style design for increased shell resonance and more tone
Pearl's Sensitone Premium Beaded Aluminum 6.5"x14" snare drum is a real looker with incredible tone!

Tech Specs

Type Snare
Shell (Depth x Diameter) 6.5" x 14"
Shell Construction 1.2mm Seamless Aluminum
Shell Material Aluminum
Hoops SuperHoop II
Color Silver
Heads Remo USA Coated Ambassador
Manufacturer Part Number STA1465AL

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Pearl Sensi Tone Beaded Aluminum Snare 6.5 X 14

I wanted to get this snare to fit into the tough place in my drum set. It has a great tone and smooth attack. The sound is so tight and sweet that any type music can be played. I needed a snare that was not a maple wood sounding drum to match with my studio drum set. This is my fourth purchase of a snare. I really love my snare and it matches what I want to play in rock and jazz. I will see you back in the store soon. Thank for answering my questions
5/5

Pearl Sensitone VS Ludwing Supraphonic LM402

The Pearl Sensitone aluminum 14x6.5 is the REAL DEAL!! has everything that a Supraphonic could offer without the inflated additional two hundred dollar price tag. You won't be sorry you picked up this one- it's a steal and a deal. Plus it's Very well made in all respects. I'm impressed with Pearls ability to rival the LM402.
Music background: Professional drummer and educator
5/5

Great Drum

I love snare drums. This came up in my hunt for the perfect snare collection, and Sweetwater's deals made me able to give it a try. This is a perfect all-around drum. I have played a variety of styles on it and it seems to suit just about any type of drum beat. My Big Brass is sometimes too bombastic and cutting, my blackrolite sometimes too dark or funky. The Sensitone Aluminum sits right in the middle with a very musical shell tone that's just as good for mid-tembo ballads as it is for full on rock drumming. The build quality is what you would expect from Pearl, just everything is solid and well-designed. I could see this becoming one of my go-to drums. Really nice that it is shipped with Remo heads too, saved me a trip to the store. Highly recommended. Although I'll still probably want to try out a Supraphonic LM402 one of these days. Which reminds me, this Pearl is a good deal cheaper and sounds top notch, and obviously in that same camp of "big aluminum" drum sound.
4.5/5

Great Snare Drum

After doing a lot of research on aluminum snare drums, I Bought this snare because I wanted an aluminum snare drum, but did not want to break the bank. For me, this snare drum has THE sound I was looking for in an aluminum snare drum. Tuning is best at medium low to medium high. I am still searching for the best snare head to use but it sounds great with stock Remo ambassador.
4/5

Great Snare. Not a Ludwig Supraphonic Clone

I've had this snare for long enough to review it. I've played it live and recorded with it. Build quality is excellent, with one major ding. The lug inserts are hit or miss. I cannot finger tighten about 1/2 the lugs. This is after using grease and buying all new pearl tension rods. I've learned how to tune it as is, but it irks me nonetheless. Might not be representative of all the sensitone snare out there. Might just be mine. Sound is excellent, though. It's not as bright and penetrating as a Supraphonic, which is not surprising because it's not chrome-plated. If you are buying this snare because you want a seamless aluminum snare of excellent build quality, then buy it. If you are buying it to get the Supraphonic sound and save a few bucks, you're not going to be satisfied. I have experimented with different head combinations and tunings. This may be subjective, but I think this is a low to medium range snare. At low tuning, it has a pleasing body and long, yet harmonic overtones. At medium tuning, it has a little more dissonant overtone profile, but starts to offer the cutting pop/crack people seem to want from an aluminum snare. Again, in my opinion, it doesn't perform well at high tuning. It gets rather choked and the overtones that survive the high tension are not pleasing. One tip. To give it more cut without pushing it into the high tuning range I don't like, I swapped out the Super Hoop II with the master casts from my MRX snare. With the die cast hoops, the shell still sings at low to medium tunings, but the attack is a bit more focused and articulate. It is the best combination of cut and body I have found for this snare. With die cast hoops, single-ply coated heads are very articulate and focused. To my ear, it sounds like the Gretsch solid aluminum snare with die cast hoops. It would be sacrilege to put die cast hoops on a Supraphonic, but since this snare is its own thing and not just a Supraphonic clone, you can do these things.
See also: drum snare, Pearl, Pearl Snare Drums