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Pearl M-80 Snare Drum

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The Pearl M-80 snare drum makes an incredible alternate snare. Poplar wood construction and a compact 10 x 4" size give the M-80 explosive power and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A natural for alt styles, hip-hop, reggae, and drum'n'bass.

The Pearl M-80 snare drum makes an incredible alternate snare. Poplar wood construction and a compact 10 x 4" size give the M-80 explosive power and projection.


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PearlM-80 Snare Drum
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (11)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Sensitive (10)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Too good to be true !!!

By Armon Haumer

from Cleveland, OH Rock Capital of the World!

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Pros

  • Can't Beat Pearl Quality
  • Excellent Snare Strainer
  • Good Factory Head

Cons

  • Need More Color Options

Best Uses

  • Jazz Clubs
  • Pro-recording

Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

I absolutely love this snare & Musician's Friend with their discounts & free shipping...

This snare is crafted excellent. The snare strainer works great, easily adjustable, and is reliable.

I bought the Sound Percussion SPH05 Adjustable L-Rod Ball Mount 10.5Mm (SKU #491675000496000) & put it on the hi hat stand. I extended the L-arm almost all the way out, since I am using 15-inch Agop Hi-hats. The drum is out far enough perfectly.

The snare wires DO NOT have an annoying over-buzz when either tight OR extra loose (when the drum is played).

The stock factory head is excellent & might not need swapped for a different one.

For the money, I honestly think Pearl cannot be beaten! In fact, I think that this specific item is under-priced (that's how good it is).

I only wish that they would offer more colors, and possibly some un-wrapped finishes (such as bare wood lacquered.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Side Snare at a Great Price

By that one guy-N-G7c

from In a Home

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Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

Overall, this snare is a great addition to any set-up and is great for intros/outros of songs.

It's a great snare and I would recomend it to any drummer.
It has an awesome throw off and comes with nice coated factory heads
This snare has an awesome sound very high pitched with a nice crack..great for effects or high energy songs
For the money this is a fantastic snare with great hardware, sound, and even includes a drum key.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great snare and affordable

By Trevor Hoelbinger

from Florida

Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

Overall this is probably one of the best investments I made to my kit, and it didnt even cost that much. Theres better out there of course, but for the price, youre not going to get any better. Pearl is a great company for someone whos on a budget.
I love how you do not need to have a stand to hold the snare, it saves so much space that way. Just make sure you get a bracket that holds cowbells because the tom mount i ordered is almost too big for it :/ the throw off is okay, its easy to get to but the wires tend to rattle even when its all the way off.
You cant beat the quality for the price you pay, it has a beautiful sound and a nice crack to it even with the standard pearl heads that come with it. it is constructed very well and holds a lot better than i expected.
The value on this is great, for the sound you get i would expect to pay $125+.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!!!!!!! And Good Price

By Kayode Awolowo

from houston, tx

Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

Overall i will give this snare a very good
Its looks very good on the outside.
The only thing i would change is the batter head, because the one it came with sounnds like crap, and im going change it into a Remo black X snare head to make it sound better.
Pretty cheap for the price now. Plz dont miss out on this right now.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

X-plosive ! Just like the real thing !

By Francois

from Fayette County, PA.

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Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

What a great little addition at a great price! You won't believe the power & projection, just like a real M-80 ! I added a Aquarian Response 2 black batter head and 1 Moongel. No over ring and no snare wire sizzle. Add a Gibralter clamp with L rod and your good to go! You won't be dissappointed! Rock On & God Bless!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Spank for the Lettuce

By Brid (pronounced Breed)

from Birmingham AL

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Pros

  • Responsive
  • Sharp and tight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Combos
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

    Excellent for accents and 'drum & bass' style music. As a 10" tom, it doubles as an extra tone in fills. There are several other heads I've used and each have their own personality. The factory head endured many months of daily use. The M-80 is a great complement to my kit.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great snare at a great price!

    By RandO

    from Dartmouth, MA

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    Pros

    • Responsive
    • Sensitive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

        I purchased this snare to use with my cocktail kit. The 8" snare that came with the kit is now used as another tom. This snare has a clear sharp sound, and works well, cutting right through the mix with a clean snare sound. However, the skins were awful; initially I was very disappointed with the sound, but when I changed the batter head to an Aquarian performance II coated, it was night and day different! I have an Aquarian classic clear coming for the reso head and I am sure that will again make a huge difference in the sound. Bottom line, its a nice snare, well made and should stand up well. You can't beat it for the price!

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Expect the unexpected

        By Drummerdreads

        from Lima,Ohio

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        Pros

        • Definitley Portable
        • Great Sound
        • Nice Projective Sound
        • Nice Quality Heads
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Doesnt Soundgood Dampened

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • For Jam Sessions
        • Maybe Studio Sessions

        Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

        I Ordered this to go with a 5 shell kit I have becausae I broke my snare. I didnt realize it was a SIDE snare until I unboxed it. Well, actually I should've been mad, but my thoughts quickly changed when I heard this. baby! The maplewood really gives a true projection of sound, its easy to tune, and it doesn't give off alot of overtone! This snare drum actually has a better more full sound than the regular size snare I had before. Thanks Pearl, and Musicians friend, fot a great product! M-80 forever.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Value Out There!

        By Dave

        from MA

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        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

          I was blown away by this cheap drum, no wonder they're tough to find stock of! It's a good poppy sound but is flat enoigh for drum and bass grooves. The quality is good, especially for the price and I have no complaints of the hardware or shell. The stock heads are ok, I only replaced the batetr head because it chips off in large flakes and makes a mess. There wasn't a huge difference in sound after putting on a single ply Remo. The strainer has a nice action and the drum has a nice timbale sound with the snares off.

          Overall, this is a great buy if you are looking for a different voice or new option for cheap money. I have it mounted on a PDP tom arm and it works perfectly.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Drum for the Money

          By dwalke26

          from Tennessee

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          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • nothing

          Best Uses

          • Side snare

          Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

          This snare is a great snare for the money. Even with the factory heads the sound is still pretty good. I would definitely recommend this snare to anyone. 5 Star for sure.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth Every Penny

          By mkennedy82

          from milwaukee, wi

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          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive

          Cons

          • Very Small Obviously

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

            I bought this because I needed a snare to make my kit playable and didnt have a lot of money at the time. When I tighetend the skins and turned the snare up all the way, it sounds incredible. Emits a nice tight, crack similar to a piccolo, which is the sound I prefer. It's small, so your strikes have to be accurate. Totally worth it if you need a snare and dont have hundreds of dollers to shell out.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Small Snare=Huge Sound

            By Drummerdude535

            from Madisonville, Ky

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            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • church

              Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

              I was looking for a small snare to use alongside the V-Drums at church. Being an Exclusive pearl user...when I saw the M80 Firecracker snare. I bought it. The Attack is Awesome, Cracks in our Auditorium unlike any piccolo I have ever Played. The Price was AWESOME, and w/ Quality like Pearl, You can't go wrong w/ Musicians Friend.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              a new added accent.

              By R Beckholt

              from Ohio

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              Pros

              • Responsive
              • Sensitive

              Cons

              • Not Up To Pearls Standard

              Best Uses

              • Accents And Riffs

              Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

              I am hoping to add another tangent to my rythmn buildings with this high end snare sound much like timbales,congas and the like.

               
              4.0

              pearl m-80 (10x4) snare drum

              By Richie W.

              from Sandusky,Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Sensitive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Jazz Clubs
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

                The Pearl m-80 snare drum is a great secondary drum.The drum could be used as your main snare if tuned correct.The drum itself seems to be made very well ,only time will tell.The only problem i see with the drum is because of it's size it rings a lot.I had to use some muffling to control the ring,but for the price you can't go wrong.

                 
                5.0

                Practical AND Inexpensive

                By Tom

                from New Carlisle, IN

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Mount Included
                • Price
                • Timbale Substitute
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None For The Price

                Best Uses

                • Aux Snare
                • Timbale Sounds

                Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

                This is just such an inexpensive and totally practical addition to anyone's kit. Its really hard to go wrong here.

                 
                5.0

                love this little guy

                By xCO2MANx

                from SE Minnesota

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Needs A Mount

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

                  This thing sounds great. Definitely worht it.
                  Added to my kit as a secondary for added depth.

                   
                  5.0

                  Pleasant surprise

                  By GB9000

                  from Milwaukee, WI

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                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

                      I was thinking that a side snare would be a nice addition to my setup and stumbled upon this one for the super sale price and got it. Whoa.... This thing cracks! I love it. I figured it would be soft, flat and good for little funky grooves and ghost notes but it's so much more. I have it tuned pretty high with an Evans G2 coated head and it sounds fantastic. It really cuts and is very sensitive. Also has a great rimshot. The throw off is cheap but they had to cut corners somewhere and honestly, I'll never use it. For the price, even if you don't need it, pick it up! It's a fun drum!

                       
                      5.0

                      Great little snare

                      By Patocket

                      from Stroudsburg,pa

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                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Responsive
                      • Sensitive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

                          i have nothing bad to say, its small and portable but it has great sound and is quality made, price was a plus too.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          great sound for the price

                          By dayoperator

                          from charleston wv

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                          Pros

                          • Great Sound
                          • Responsive
                          • Sensitive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Pearl M-80 Snare Drum:

                            like the sound great for back up

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