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Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum

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The Pearl Omar Hakim Snare Drum has the unique voice that has been referred to as the "power piccolo" sound. It has a 5" x 13" African mahogany drum ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A snare with the incredible power you hear when Hakim performs.

The Pearl Omar Hakim Snare Drum has the unique voice that has been referred to as the "power piccolo" sound. It has a 5" x 13" African mahogany drum shell, 2.3mm shell counter hoops, Pearl's SR-015 Gladstone-style vertical pull throw-off, and precision-fit stainless steel tension rods with solid brass swivel nuts for super-precise tuning. This snare snare delivers a perfect blend of sonic power, projection, cutting attack, and tonal color.

FEATURES
  • 5" x 13" African mahogany shell
  • 2.3mm shell counter hoops
  • Pearl's SR-015 Gladstone-style vertical pull throw-off
  • Precision-fit stainless steel tension rods with solid brass swivel nuts

Snag this snare and get a killer sound.

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PearlOmar Hakim Signature Snare Drum
 
5.0

(based on 26 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Snare

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

This is the most sensitive snare I've ever tried, you can hear every single note even the softest one; although its a 5" depth snare the mahogany shell and the 13" diameter give the power to cut through. I play mostly funk, jazz and latin with this snare, and it sounds incredible. However this snare has a nice crack to use it in rock and pop too.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I didn't know how good it could get

By Rodan_one

from Florida

Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

So I normally play a 13"x7" OC Maple snare. Wonderful drum. But it was somewhat overbearing when trying to coax a low volume with a nice pitch from it. In a larger live setting it shined. On a whim I considered a birch snare for a more mellow sound. However I really didn't want the added resonance of a 14" snare. I have one that I hardly ever use. (Not that it also doesn't sound great. Thank you PDP/DW).However, two cracks at the Omar Hakim snare told me I had to have it. I agree that the rimshots can be overwhelming. So I use a jazz oak stick with it, even for rock, and CRACK! I cannot even begin to put into words how good that crack can sound. Especially when wrapped up in the warm tone of a mahogany shell. My hat is off to Pearl on this one. And I, like other users had sworn them off as my shell of choice in favor of other brands. And like other users "never say never". Bang for the buck (Pun intended) is amazing. Every drummer should hit one of these at least once.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Snare

By yeppsssss

from New Jersey

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Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

This is a loud snare, but it also has a sensitive side. I love the feel of this snare for any style of playing: I've used it for jazz, hip hop, rock, and metal, as well as plenty of things in between. Its got a powerful crack, but tuning is very important (as with any drum). I've found that this snare has a narrow tuning range, so you have to tune it high, else it will have a kinda weird feel.Rim shots on here are intense. They cut really well, which is great in a loud setting. My one complaint is that its pretty expensive. If you can spare the cash, its a great snare.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Won't leave the home without it!

By Rac

from Honolulu, Hawaii

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Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

I've been playing drums for the past 30 years of my life. I've always been in the market for a snare that is capable in meeting the needs of a variety of musical sound....The Omar Hakim snare is The Bomb! Spectrum I play is jazz to alternative rock and this snare responds very well and leave you with plenty of room to play it from really soft (still retain the detail cleanness) to very hard. When mike, this drum is incredible live and I mean live and well. When people describing the 'crack' of this drum it has nothing to do with annoyance but rather a clean, sharp yet tolerable pitch with a unique roundness to it due to the subtle density of the African mahogany shell. So if maple is unaffordable (out priced usually), don't let the word mahogany discourage you cause this is a high-end designed of a snare that Pearl in their careful collaboration with Mr. Omar has produced something of rare innovation in my estimation. And on top of all that, it's really priced right. To be honest, the only reason I risked purchasing this snare was simply the name of my favorite drummer. But never the less, it was risk that was well compensated for over and over again.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great snare

By DNL Mike

from Maryland

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Nice Pop Yet Smooth
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

      Very Nice snare. Our sound man loves it with a sm57. Lite, compact, sensitive, nice pop to it, and not overwelming volume wise which is nice for live performances when you want to keep stage volume down to get a good FOH mix.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Holy Cow !

      By nowhereman

      from Nor-Cal

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      Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

      Before Purchasing a set of Keller Vintage Mahogany shells I thought I would try something made of African Mahogany 1st, and I was totally blown away by the Blue Blood sound of this snare drum. I never thought after 40 plus years that I would ever hear a snare drum that could compete with a Black Beauty or an LM411 Super Sensitive, but sure enough this Baby Rips. The only thing that shocked me was the dirt cheap price of it. The Quality far exceeds the price, which is another rarity today. Last but not least, I swore I would Never buy anything from Pearl, Tama, or Yamaha decades ago because of thier distasteful, rude and crude 3 inch holes they used to drill into the bass drums for tom mounts. They refused to offer Virgin Bass Drums at the time (A Long Time), Well never say never! This Signature snare drum is now in my Top 5. Hats Off to Hakim!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW!!

      By Anonymous-K3tUT

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

      This is the best snare I have ever played and I will surely be buying in the near future. The sensitivity has got to be the best feature about this drum. Every hit, whether it were an accent or a ghost note, had amazing clarity with good penetration while still having a nice rounded tone and some really strong attack. Even when setting the drum to a higher tuning and being a 13" snare, the low tones are well presented thanks to the mahogany shell (also making it deceptively heavy when picking it up). Only thing I can say I didn't like about this drum is the cross sticking. It doesn't have a nice clave snap to it as I found it carried too much sustain and had a bit of a "twang" like a timpani or something like that. Aside from that, absolutely amazing.

       
      4.0

      great little workhorse

      By Black Dragon

      from Saratoga springs NY

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

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          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          got this baby on sale for use with my maple bop kit. great, great value. does a wonderful job in this application but has proved completely versatile. sounds great in any tuning range. has a very distinctive warm woody nature that I find irresistible. amazing volume for such a small drum. I got rid of the coated ambassador stock batter and replaced it with an Evans EC Reverse Dot - dark and powerful. I highly recommend this purchase. the only reason for 4 out of 5 stars is the throw off. although there is really nothing wrong with it per se, I believe a higher quality unit could be in order - something like the dual adjusting Tama throw off found on SLP drums, for example.

           
          5.0

          very good drum

          By adam-HAmoy

          from las vegas

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          i recommend this drum very much. it is very good quality, and reacts very quickly.

           
          5.0

          Great Drum

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          Well worth every dollar spent on this snare. Way more versatile than I had expected. I would recommend this drum for any style of music.

           
          5.0

          great feel

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          I play a pearl free floating maple snare and also own a black panther maple snare. The free floating is very dry yet has a nice clean crack and very little buzz, but its dryness results in poor bounce and feel. the black panther is the opposite great feel and bounce for rolls but it has too much buzz, to wet of a sound. I played the omar hakin snare at guitar center yesterday and it had a nice sharp clear tone with a great bounce and enough wetness for rolls. this is the sound i believe most drummers are searching for. The tama warlord maple snare had a similar tone yet it was bigger and actually had a higher pitched sound which was strange. Im definately considering buying this snare maybe if i can get a good price for one of my other snares

           
          5.0

          Sweet Sound!

          By Maytridy

          from Honeoye Falls, NY

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          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. This snare has amazing tonality and sensitivity. I test ran this against the Chad Smith signature snare to compare the mahogany with the steel. The Omar snare blew the Chad away, hands down. I played a show last night in which I couldn't mic the snare. During the first few bars of our first song, the snare sounded too quiet. I began pounding with my left hand and sure enough, the drum responded to my every desire. Yes, this drum is loud, but only if you hit it hard. The drum responds perfectly depending upon the amount of energy you put into. Basement practice sessions can be easily managed by hitting more softly. This drum really sings when you bring up the volume also. Looks great too!Love it.

           
          5.0

          A User Update

          By Monday317

          from Pittsburgh, PA

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          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          Since i wrote my review in 2004, I have owned several more snares, including a maple Free Floater and a Black beauty. I've since sold 'em all, and except for a very old Walberg & Auge project snare I'm restoring, the only snare I use is the Hakim. I know many folks love to have huge snare collections, but the Hakim does everything so well, why bother? Especially now that mine wears tube lugs... Buy one of these before they stop making them!

           
          5.0

          Well Rounded

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          When I first got the drum it was tuned low, but still sounded good. I tuned it up to a piccolo pitch and it just started to rock even harder. Definitely a quality drum. Only muffling I'm using is a moongel on the bottom about 3/4 of an inch in and it gives it a nice dry sound. With no muffling it would work well for ska and punk. I like it dry for fusion, funk, hiphop and jazz.I would recommend this snare to anyone who wants a versatile piece of equipment... Trust me, I shopped around for a long time.

           
          5.0

          Stephen

          By LiLReDDMaN3

          from Lynchburg, VA

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          I have been playing piccolos for most of my drumming career, and i needed to branch out into a little more versatile drum, and this drum was perfect. It gave me enough pop to keep me happy while balancing out the sound with the low dryness of the african mahagony body. It's great, i don't know why i waited so long.

           
          5.0

          This snare has everything!

          By _NaWmXr.1

          from UK

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          When I first brought this snare to the practice room, everyone was gobsmacked at the sound that came out of it! It's the sign of a good drum full of character when non-drummers immediately know the difference. Tuned high you get that piccolo-like cut through, which still maintains volume. It's still got a rock punch tuned lower. I've had loads of comments about it from other drummers at gigs about this drum. Hey, it looks good too!!

           
          5.0

          Biggest bang for the buck

          By Career Musician

          from Boston, Ma

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          I Purchased this drum three days ago. I did a funk gig and a jazz gig anf this drum performs great. It responds to tuning well, stays in tune and the thirteen inch size fits great. I have owned a thirteen brass that I did not like, the African mahogany shell is whatever you want it to be. Buy it you'll love.

           
          5.0

          Great snare for all styles of music.

          By Drumhouseii

          from Hyattsville Maryland

          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          This snare is a great investment, I have two other snares but this one is my favorite one. It a work horse, I've used it for rock,jazz,fusion,funk what ever style is needed. Try it you'll like it.

           
          5.0

          Great drum outstanding price

          By Joe b-CWSlE

          from richmond, CA

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          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          I wondered about the quality of this snare when I saw the price but it is outstanding. I originally bought it as a side/extra snare drum but this has become my primary. It has a great sound and really cuts through. The craftsmanship is top notch and so is the sound. Great product.

           
          5.0

          World's most versatile snare

          By Number450

          from Madison, WI

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          Comments about Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Snare Drum:

          This snare is way more than the sum of its parts. Tuned low it has an amazing fatback/funk sound; tuned high it will do a killer piccolo crack. Somewhere between these extremes is the sound you hear in your head, and you _will_ find it with this drum. It really is that good. Other than a Ludwig Black Beauty, it's the only snare that grabbed my attention from the very first stoke. Highly recommended.

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