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Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum  

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        Pearl

        Pearl innovation delivers gorgeous colorations.

        The Free Floating concept removes all hardware from the shell as an extremely effective way of increasing the coloration of each shell material to maximize its contribution to the overall sound of the drum. It also lets you swap shells as easily as changing a batter head. An aircraft-quality aluminum alloy bottom edge ring is machined to provide perfect seating with the shell and is precision cut to offer the most stable, sensitive, responsive snare bed imaginable. All hardware is attached to the edge ring, including the throw-off, allowing the shell to resonate freely. The SR-010 throw-off provides super smooth action. Crafted of 6-ply aged premium maple.


        A quality kit demands a quality snare. Order this sweetie and revolutionize your sound!

         
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        PearlFree Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum
         
        4.8

        (based on 32 reviews)

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        23 years as my favorite drum

        Best snare quality for the money.
        I rarely give reviews, but this one warrants my input. I originally got this snare in 1988 to replace my Pearl Export series stock snare. It...Read complete review

        Best snare quality for the money.
        I rarely give reviews, but this one warrants my input. I originally got this snare in 1988 to replace my Pearl Export series stock snare. It immediately became my favorite drum and by far the crown jewel of my set.

        Now, 23 years later, it is still the crown jewel of my set. I've tried different snares over the years, and none have the amazing sound this one has. It's extrememly well made, stands the test of time, and has incredible sound.

        If you have the money and want a maple snare, this one won't let you down.

        Here's a video of this drum in action, notice how it cuts nicely through the mix:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q64fVYzTD1E&sns=em
        Lasted 23 years of hard playing and gigging, superb.
        Expensive, but worth the money.

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        Free Floating=Good Idea?

        The idea behind the free floating shell is to allow the drum to resonate more fully. I think this snare is rather dry. It's not a bad tone, but it is totally opposite...Read complete review

        The idea behind the free floating shell is to allow the drum to resonate more fully. I think this snare is rather dry. It's not a bad tone, but it is totally opposite from what it is supposed to be in theory.

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        5.0

        love it

        By Unnamed User-3dNEB

        from Marietta, GA

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              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              This 14x6.5 maple version is spot-on what I was looking for. The sound is a good mix of crack and fat, and the die-cast hoops make gorgeous rim shots. There's a lot of ring, but an Evans Reverse Power Center head struck the right balance.

              I was going to look for a used Free Floater, but the current generation's throw-off is a big improvement over the old designs you usually see in the used market.

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              5.0

              One Word! Awesome!!!

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              LOUD and PROUD!! Like a GUN shot! POP...This snare is the best snare hands down I have ever owned and I've been playing for 20+ years so I have owned a few.. The quality is 2nd to none and the versitility is endless. You can get what ever sound you need outta this Bad Motha...Not to mention the multiple inserts you can get to change up the tone make this a highly versital snare drum....Way to go Pearl....Without hesitation BUY this snare. You won't be dissappointed...

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              5.0

              23 years as my favorite drum

              By John Williams

              from Denver

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              Best snare quality for the money.
              I rarely give reviews, but this one warrants my input. I originally got this snare in 1988 to replace my Pearl Export series stock snare. It immediately became my favorite drum and by far the crown jewel of my set.

              Now, 23 years later, it is still the crown jewel of my set. I've tried different snares over the years, and none have the amazing sound this one has. It's extrememly well made, stands the test of time, and has incredible sound.

              If you have the money and want a maple snare, this one won't let you down.

              Here's a video of this drum in action, notice how it cuts nicely through the mix:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q64fVYzTD1E&sns=em
              Lasted 23 years of hard playing and gigging, superb.
              Expensive, but worth the money.

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              5.0

              Super-Sensitive

              By Zack Attack

              from Ocala, FL

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              I played this in my local music store, and it's awesome. I played the 14" x 3.5", so I'm not sure how the other sizes will sound, but I love this one. It's incredibly sensitive, and loud. It's bright, but not as high-pitched as a steel snare. I'm buying this.

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              5.0

              yeah man!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              The best snare I have ever played. I have the 6.5" maple. Defintely my "go to" snare. Sensitive, full and loud if needed.I have many snares, including Noble & Cooley. This is by far the best one I have ever played.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great versatile snare

              By drumdoc

              from miami

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              I recently tried an acrylic shell on my 5 x 14 free floater and this thing was the loudest cutting snare I have ever heard. I had to go back to the maple shell cus it was to load. But great for large venues. I am now looking into a bubinga segment shell to try out. That's the best thing about this snare is the versatiltiy. I have an ec2 snare head with hazy 300 resonant and puresound wires on it. I crank it cus I like the response and clarity of a tight snare head. I like the new model with the double snare adjustment cus its lock mechanism prevents the wires getting loose.

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              5.0

              great snare

              By drumdoc

              from miami

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              Just got my snare and it sounds great, just enough body and crack. Sounds like a gunshot and cuts thru the amps without a problem, Stick responce is the best I have ever experienced.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it !!

              By Smallcar

              from Daytona Beach, FL

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              The quality, and craftsmanship of the hardware is like nothing I'd seen. From the cast hoops, to the snare throw-off, this is the best snare I've ever owned. Even the bolts are made of stainless steel so you'll never have to worry about rust (from dripping sweat on it...if your not dripping sweat by the end of the night....I replaced the included Remo coated ambassador with an Evans EC Snare. It gave this snare just the right amount of "darkness" to get rid of the "poppy" sound of the Remo. I cranked the included bottom Remo quite tight, but left the included copper snare wires just loose enough to give this monster a beautiful "studio" sound. By the way...I love the "fat" stick sound this thing makes. There doesn't seem to be a "sweet spot". You can hit the cast hoops anywhere with your side stick and it makes the same sound consistently.

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              5.0

              Best all around snare EVER!

              By JROCK!!

              from Wellston, Ohio

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              I've been playin drums for over 20yrs. Tuning & head chioce are crutial in gettin a good snare sound. With that being said, I have had this one for goin on 7 years & have never heard a better snare. I have almost a dozen different snares, this one is my "baby." Other drummers appoach me at shows to pick my brain about my snare, cuz it has the sound they want. Put an emporer X on that sucka & you'll be kickin goals. My only beef is that the throw off loosens every few songs so ya gotta tighten them back up. Not a big deal at all, since I typically have them fairly loose in the first place, so it's partially my fault. Nothin a little rock n roll tape can't handle though!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy this snare and be happy!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Pearl Free Floating 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum:

              This snare is a great all around snare. I have played with my band for the past 4 years and I needed a snare that was edgy enough for the rock we play, similar to chili peppers, pearl jam, and I also needed it for some faster tempo more jimmy eat worlish stuff. This is the one. great resonance, perfect crack. This thing will make your drumming heard. Very tight sound if tuned to your liking. The only thing I wish it had sometimes was the depth of an 8x14 but thats asking to much. Overall best snare Ive played.

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