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PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum 14 x 5 in.

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Distinct snare sound with DW performance!

Every drummer needs a snare they can count on. One that never fails to deliver that signature snare drum sound again and again. Introducing the all-brass, nickel-plated Ace. The Ace snares feature a rolled, dual-inverse beaded shell with specially configured bearing edges and snare beds. Also included are vintage-style tube lugs, PDP side-to-side throw-off and Ace badge. It's a snare drum that any drummer would be proud to own.

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  • Rolled, dual-inverse beaded shell
  • Specially-configured bearing edges and snare beds
  • Vintage-style tube lugs
  • PDP side-to-side throw-off
  • Ace badge
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PDP by DWAce Brass Snare Drum
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

BANG for the buck

I'm a professional drummer with 20 years of touring and recording experience, play(ed) with the pros, etc. I had to jump in here to correct some of the reviewers below. I...Read complete review

I'm a professional drummer with 20 years of touring and recording experience, play(ed) with the pros, etc. I had to jump in here to correct some of the reviewers below. I recently got a 6.5x14 Ace for my practice/teaching set (which is a PDP X7). I own shelves full of snares and play only high-end custom DW drums. I didn't expect too much of this snare, although I did expect it to sound at least decent. I really just bought it for fun. I'm a DW guy and have trusted PDP gear (hardware and drums) as backup/practice gear for years. Never let me down. In the price range, PDP are vastly superior to the competition. When I received the Ace, I immediately found that the heads were basically just cheap Chinese decorative pieces. Obviously PDP had to keep the price that low somehow and I expected the heads to be just what they were. I quickly replaced them with a Remo CS on top and an Ambassador Hazy on the bottom. Boy did this drum blow me away. With the heads barely tuned and very loose, it already had a nice deep, fat (80's hair metal-) backbeat with a ton of character. Tuned to somewhere right in the middle (not too low/fat but not up to a hip-hip type "pop" either), it was just perfect. The perfect balance between fatness and crack. It still had a hair bit too much of a sharp edge for my taste, which made the drum sound "thinner" than I felt it should. So I threw a set of Puresound Blasters on the bottom to see what would happen.... HOLY COW. Done deal. The Blasters added a TON of roundness and depth to the drum and took away the borderline harsh edge. It turned into an entirely different drum. This is now my main snare. I put my custom built DW snare aside and it's been sitting on the shelf ever since. It's amazing what a difference the Blasters made. Best way to describe the sound would be "Chad Smith". Especially when you almost exclusively hit rim shots (like I do). I've been recording with the Ace for several weeks now and I keep recognizing the sound as Smith's snare sound, just a hair deeper/less "funky"/more rock. I imagine the 5.5" could be identical to Smith's snare sound. It has that distinct fat brass tone. There's just no way you can go wrong with this snare. However, to get the most out of it, you really have to replace the heads and snare wires. It makes a HUGE difference. I also found that the tuning rods aren't very long and only reach into the lugs about 1/2". So if you're a hard-hitter like me, you'll want to use some lug locks to keep the tuning rods from coming loose. Maybe even get some longer rods. The quality of the drum itself is almost hard to believe for the price. The black nickel finish on the shell is absolutely flawless. The bearing edges are smooth and even, the tube lugs are classy and top-quality. The throw-off/strainer is simple but rock solid and much more heavy duty than other brands in this price range. Another great feature is the butt end of the snare strainer, which is a solid piece, rather than a cheap pressed sheet metal piece like other brands. The badge is somewhat big, but I got over that quickly since it's just plain cool looking. To the guys below who were unhappy with this snare: try different heads and snare wires. Also keep in mind that not every snare will sound amazing in every room. This is why a serious session drummer always has at least 3 or 4 snares with him at a session. Room acoustics play a huge roll. If you found the drum sounding "tinny"/thin, you're likely in a room that doesn't reflect too many mid to low frequencies. Try a Coated Emperor on top (this is what Bonham used too!). It'll add a lot of fatness and bottom. For the price, just hold on to the drum, change heads/wires and try it at a session/rehearsal/show somewhere other than where you last tried it. This drum absolutely shines in a bigger room or local bar/club. You'll see what I'm talking about!

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Not an "Ace

I've actually bought, played, & returned both sizes on this snare. I 1st bought the 5 x 14 and it was to thin & tinny sounding. I've played a few drums...Read complete review

I've actually bought, played, & returned both sizes on this snare. I 1st bought the 5 x 14 and it was to thin & tinny sounding. I've played a few drums similar to this before (Tama) & it definately doesn't compare in both sound & quality. I tried the 6.5 x 14 & I admit ... better. I upgraded to a diecast hoop (batter). The snare had a fuller/warmer sound ... but still didn't deliver in my opinion. The quality of these drums aren't great - 1.5mm hoops, really thin shells, the heads were losing tension, tension rods really grinding into the hoop ... recommend nylon washers, etc, etc. So ... in the end the 6.5 version sounded best, & the black plating looks good. However ... in my opinion, I don't believe either snare is worth the price ... not an "Ace". If you're interested in a brass snare then I recommend Ludwig's Black Magic. It's a few $$ more, but definately a drum that delivers.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BANG for the buck

By Dennis

from NYC

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Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

I'm a professional drummer with 20 years of touring and recording experience, play(ed) with the pros, etc. I had to jump in here to correct some of the reviewers below. I recently got a 6.5x14 Ace for my practice/teaching set (which is a PDP X7). I own shelves full of snares and play only high-end custom DW drums. I didn't expect too much of this snare, although I did expect it to sound at least decent. I really just bought it for fun. I'm a DW guy and have trusted PDP gear (hardware and drums) as backup/practice gear for years. Never let me down. In the price range, PDP are vastly superior to the competition. When I received the Ace, I immediately found that the heads were basically just cheap Chinese decorative pieces. Obviously PDP had to keep the price that low somehow and I expected the heads to be just what they were. I quickly replaced them with a Remo CS on top and an Ambassador Hazy on the bottom. Boy did this drum blow me away. With the heads barely tuned and very loose, it already had a nice deep, fat (80's hair metal-) backbeat with a ton of character. Tuned to somewhere right in the middle (not too low/fat but not up to a hip-hip type "pop" either), it was just perfect. The perfect balance between fatness and crack. It still had a hair bit too much of a sharp edge for my taste, which made the drum sound "thinner" than I felt it should. So I threw a set of Puresound Blasters on the bottom to see what would happen.... HOLY COW. Done deal. The Blasters added a TON of roundness and depth to the drum and took away the borderline harsh edge. It turned into an entirely different drum. This is now my main snare. I put my custom built DW snare aside and it's been sitting on the shelf ever since. It's amazing what a difference the Blasters made. Best way to describe the sound would be "Chad Smith". Especially when you almost exclusively hit rim shots (like I do). I've been recording with the Ace for several weeks now and I keep recognizing the sound as Smith's snare sound, just a hair deeper/less "funky"/more rock. I imagine the 5.5" could be identical to Smith's snare sound. It has that distinct fat brass tone. There's just no way you can go wrong with this snare. However, to get the most out of it, you really have to replace the heads and snare wires. It makes a HUGE difference. I also found that the tuning rods aren't very long and only reach into the lugs about 1/2". So if you're a hard-hitter like me, you'll want to use some lug locks to keep the tuning rods from coming loose. Maybe even get some longer rods. The quality of the drum itself is almost hard to believe for the price. The black nickel finish on the shell is absolutely flawless. The bearing edges are smooth and even, the tube lugs are classy and top-quality. The throw-off/strainer is simple but rock solid and much more heavy duty than other brands in this price range. Another great feature is the butt end of the snare strainer, which is a solid piece, rather than a cheap pressed sheet metal piece like other brands. The badge is somewhat big, but I got over that quickly since it's just plain cool looking. To the guys below who were unhappy with this snare: try different heads and snare wires. Also keep in mind that not every snare will sound amazing in every room. This is why a serious session drummer always has at least 3 or 4 snares with him at a session. Room acoustics play a huge roll. If you found the drum sounding "tinny"/thin, you're likely in a room that doesn't reflect too many mid to low frequencies. Try a Coated Emperor on top (this is what Bonham used too!). It'll add a lot of fatness and bottom. For the price, just hold on to the drum, change heads/wires and try it at a session/rehearsal/show somewhere other than where you last tried it. This drum absolutely shines in a bigger room or local bar/club. You'll see what I'm talking about!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great snare!

By Jasper Huang

from Singapore

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

I chanced upon some PDP snare drums while I was hunting for gear the other day. I knew the lady who owns the shop, and she allowed me to change the heads of the display set to an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot and Evans Hazy 300 snare side, just so I could try it out. Well thats exactly what I did, I tried it out with a Yamaha drum kit, and man I bought it straightaway. I couldn't believe it, I have never considered buying a pdp before, but this snare drum changed my mind.I studied Music and Audio technology, and 2 of my teachers were Berklee graduates, all of them are pitch-perfect. They were impressed with the kind of sounds that I could achieve with a snare that didn't cost me a bomb. The tube lugs worked great, and who says they can't be tuned high? Mine is tuned to E on the batter head and and lower F# on the snare side. Admittedly it didn't sound that good while the snare is off, but turn it out and you'll get blown away. For those who think this snare drum didn't sound good just because it doesn't sound EXACTLY like the Black Magic, by all means go get the real Black Magic, every snare drum has its own voice, don't buy one JUST because it sounds like another. I would recommend metal players who like high-pitched snare drums to get this. Tube lugs, check. Reverse Bead, check. 14 x 6.5, check. This snare drum has everything I was looking for.
Well, I play hard. And when I say hard, I mean REALLY hard. So far, the drum has never detuned on me while I was playing it, whether in a studio or at home. However, be warned that in cases where you play outside where the weather is hot, this snare drum detunes every song or so, by a half tone. Well, most snare drum encounter this problem too!
This snare drum is one of the best, if not THE best, in its price range. Mind you, I'm very picky when it comes to equipment.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy This Drum!

By redblock

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

I challenge anyone to tell the difference between this drum (6.5" x 14") and an IDENTICALLY tuned Ludwig Black Beauty in a blindfolded test (and I use Ludwig drums). If you know how to tune drums, you can get unbelievable tone out of it at a fraction of the cost of a Black Beauty! I get more compliments on this drum than anything else on the kit. Check it out!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome

By Thunderstick-zCqS_

from Austin, Texas U.S.A. EARTH

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

I had heard mixed reviews about this Snare. The "bad" ones came from players that are "Snare Snobs" and you know who you are. I walked by a 6.5" X 14" and gave it a thump with my finger and I stopped and had to do it again. Needless to say I came home with one and played it the next night at a show. Talk about cutting thru the mix! WOW! Our engineer gave me his stamp of approval right away with the "big guns" body language. Pick one up!

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Doesn't work

By T. Etelamaki

from Undisclosed

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

This was a bad purchase. The "vintage" tube lugs are cheap, and basically don't work. With a lot of effort, you can get to a medium-ish tuning (no higher), but the tension won't hold for the length of a tune.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of crack!!!

By Jeremy-WxkwD

from Illinois

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

I love this snare. It is very similar to the Black beauty with out the high cost. I put ludwig die cast hoops and an evens HD Dry head on this and it is awsome!!! It is loud and cracks. You can tune it tight and still get a good full body sound.

(1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

DO NOT BUY!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

I was foolish enough to buy this snare. I was reading reviews and they all said how the 6.5x14 sounded like a black beauty. WRONG!even if you switch the heads its sounds nothing like a black beauty. I like my snares to have a crack in them. This didnt give me anything close to a crack. so please do not buy this snare. If you want something worth your money then look into the black magic by ludwig. Now that is a snare worth everything.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ace Snare

By DisasterPiece120

from Southampton,PA

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

Wow this drum is really good. Just throw a moongel on it and you will get a great noise out of it. Great for any type of rock.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Jonu245

from Philly, Penn

Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

This is pretty good snare..i had a Tama steel snare that was not sounding well because i had it for a while soo i got this snare it didnt sound good at first but now i Love It!!but i kept my steel snare because sometimes my band will make a more reggae soundbut this is a great snare!

 
5.0

Needs Upgrading; Then "Perfect"!

By talltallbill

from Simi Valley, CA

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  • Excellent Workmanship and Design
  • Great Sound
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    Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

    I've looked into most all "nickel-over-brass" snare drums and although it's true that the long standing "Black Beauty" is the top of this line, the PDP Ace Snare Drum offers an extremely well made and value minded alternative, without cutting too many corners.

    I read these reviews before buying, and without a doubt you must change out the heads to your liking; top and bottom. This is true for most drums. i've played for over 40 years, and currently I've found that the Remo "Black Suede" resonant heads work best on metal snare drums; it warms the tone, and helps reduce the excessive "ring" from metal drums. On the top, my personal favorite is the Evans "Dry" series with the little holes around the perimeter. Again, this allows some of the excessive ring to dissipate in a very musical way. Additionally, I read the suggestion to change the snare wires, and I put Puresound "Pro" Blasters on, and this is one of the best things you can do to control the overtones and still these snares pop and then "quit' the buzz perfectly.

    The workmanship on this drum is unbelievably good at the normal price, and I purchased on a special price a few weeks ago, which was the final deciding factor for me (I thought they'd be discontinued and wanted to make sure to get one!) The tube style lugs are beautiful and functional and the drum tunes easily. This is not the "Mag" throw off, it's more traditional, but it is smooth as silk and fast. The hoops are strong and all the plating is 100%.

    This drum is pretty good sounding "out of the box", but once you add better quality heads that fit your sound (and replace the snares) and tune them to your liking, I believe you'll have one of the best, if not THE best, snare drum in your arsenal, but you will have to tweak it a little (but you should anyway!)

     
    5.0

    Immitation Black Beauty

    By Dr. Jake

    from Fresno, CA

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    Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

    Great Drum, but it still isn't quite a Ludwig Black Beauty. But then again, who wants to pay double $$$? This is now my primary snare, I added die-cast hoops and it looks, plays, and sound amazing.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not an "Ace

    By Graham976

    from Stow, Ohio

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    Comments about PDP by DW Ace Brass Snare Drum:

    I've actually bought, played, & returned both sizes on this snare. I 1st bought the 5 x 14 and it was to thin & tinny sounding. I've played a few drums similar to this before (Tama) & it definately doesn't compare in both sound & quality. I tried the 6.5 x 14 & I admit ... better. I upgraded to a diecast hoop (batter). The snare had a fuller/warmer sound ... but still didn't deliver in my opinion. The quality of these drums aren't great - 1.5mm hoops, really thin shells, the heads were losing tension, tension rods really grinding into the hoop ... recommend nylon washers, etc, etc. So ... in the end the 6.5 version sounded best, & the black plating looks good. However ... in my opinion, I don't believe either snare is worth the price ... not an "Ace". If you're interested in a brass snare then I recommend Ludwig's Black Magic. It's a few $$ more, but definately a drum that delivers.

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