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Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware Black 14 x 6.5 in.

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An instant classic from Pork Pie!

Pork Pie has been making waves in the drum industry with their unusual, innovative products. The Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs is a good example of this, with retro-style tube lugs that traverse the depth of the body, and a brass shell with a stunning black chrome finish. Outstanding sensitivity, volume, and projection.

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  • 6-1/2" x 14".

Pork Pie once again comes through for the different drummer. Order your ultra-cool black chrome snare today!

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Pork PieBig Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Huge tone (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Sensitive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Like This Drum

Its a solid drum, it has a good solid brass sound, yet a good deal of beef too. Its got a wide tuning range, which should work for a wide array of playing...Read complete review

Its a solid drum, it has a good solid brass sound, yet a good deal of beef too. Its got a wide tuning range, which should work for a wide array of playing styles. Stock heads are ok but should be changed, snares are not bad. Its solidly built, and looks really sharp. The throws a cheapie, but so what it does the job. The drum definitely looks and sounds more expensive than its price point. I shopped a long time for this drum. I watched and listened to plenty of Y-Tube vids before I purchased as well. What you hear on the vids is how the drum sounds. I've played a Black Beauty before, and lets face it, if you want a Black Beauty you need to save up and buy one. This drum is not a Black Beauty. That said, its a very good sounding drum at a very very reasonable price, and it should be part of every drummers arsenal. 5 stars because the drum never said it was a Black Beauty, but it is as advertized and more..

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice looking drum, rather cheap production

I'll start off by saying the look of this drum is pretty sweet. The throw-off, snares and heads are below average at best though. When I received this drum, it came warped from...Read complete review

I'll start off by saying the look of this drum is pretty sweet. The throw-off, snares and heads are below average at best though. When I received this drum, it came warped from the manufacture and there was a dent near the badge. Muscians Friend immediatetly sent a return label for an exchange and was very helpful during this transaction. While waiting for the drum to return to Musicians Friend, I went to a local music shop that had this drum on display. Their drum was also warped, so I opted for my money back instead. Two examples was enough for me! I was hoping for an affordable brass snare for performing live, as the reviews are numerous and positive. Unfortunately I didn't have the same experience. I'd suggest comparing other drum companies snares in the same price range before buying this one. I ended up purchasing a brass snare from another comapny in the same price range and the difference was incredible.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Like This Drum

By Joseph Husko

from North Carolina

Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

Its a solid drum, it has a good solid brass sound, yet a good deal of beef too. Its got a wide tuning range, which should work for a wide array of playing styles. Stock heads are ok but should be changed, snares are not bad. Its solidly built, and looks really sharp. The throws a cheapie, but so what it does the job. The drum definitely looks and sounds more expensive than its price point. I shopped a long time for this drum. I watched and listened to plenty of Y-Tube vids before I purchased as well. What you hear on the vids is how the drum sounds. I've played a Black Beauty before, and lets face it, if you want a Black Beauty you need to save up and buy one. This drum is not a Black Beauty. That said, its a very good sounding drum at a very very reasonable price, and it should be part of every drummers arsenal. 5 stars because the drum never said it was a Black Beauty, but it is as advertized and more..

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rockin!

By Stylesfomiles

from SC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Sound's awesome
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

      Finally bought this after wanting a brass snare but didnt wanna wait on the custom company to build me one. I would've have got this exact drum with the ONLY difference being a Trick throw off and maybe die-cast hoop's. GREAT sounding drum that could hold its on in ANY environment and speaks well and very dynamic.This is a very high quality snare, desipte it is assembled overseas. Cant wait to put a Coated Emperor on it!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic

      By Tyler Shenk

      from VA

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      Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

      I've received numerous compliments on the sound of my snare drum from drummers to other musicians to audience members.
      If you are smart about head and snare wire selection and you can tune it up nicely, you can make this drum sound like a top dollar snare drum for a fraction of the price.
      The throw off is not amazing, but it definetly gets the job done. The tube lugs are a nice touch. I'm not sure about how the stock heads and snare wires sound, because I replaced these immediately.
      I have Puresound Blasters Snare Wire, an Evans Hazy 300 on the resonant side, and an Evans HD Genera Dry (Amazing head!) on the batter side.
      The sound is incredible. My one issue is that one of the lugs comes loose fairly quickly, but again, the sound in fantastic.
      My favorite compliment was when, after a show, a drummer came up to me and told me that my snare sound was phenomenal. Looking at the drum, he asked me, "How much did you pay for that - $400? $500?"

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Snare I've ever played!

      By Michael Woodall

      from California

      Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

      This snare is seriously one of the best snare drums I've played in 20 years. If you like a nice warm snare, with lots of low end, but amazing crack, this is your snare. And for only $240? It's a complete steal. I compared this to a Black Magic in the store, and this one had warmer tones and a fuller sound. Do yourself a favor and pick this guy up. You will not be dissapointed.

      (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      biff bang wallop

      By vhoop

      from los angeles CA

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

      drum arrived damaged beyond repair. no replacement available so waiting for back order.

      (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Be careful

      By Jasper

      from West Stockbridge, MA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bad Lugs
      • Bad Quality Control
      • Easily Damaged
      • Poorly Made

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

      This snare sounds as good as a Black Beauty. Its tone is amazing at any tuning. I'd recommend an Evans G12 or G2 with a Hazy 300 reso; a dry head like a Genera Dry or Reverse Dot flattens the sound too much. This snare works well with literally any style of music; a friend of mine even borrowed it for a concert band application.

      Quality is not one of Pork Pie's strong suits. The drum I bought was warped, resulting in unusually high tension at one lug on the bottom side. This prevented any high tuning on the reso. This problem was worsened after one of my bandmates dropped the drum after a gig. This caused any new resonant heads I put on to break during initial tuning. Luckily, I had purchased a coverage plan, so I was able to get a refund. I don't think I'll be buying another Pork Pie snare for quite a while...

      TL;DR: Great sound, poor quality. Just be careful when handling. Buy a case and a coverage plan.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Big Black is the Best Bang for your Buck

      By DocB

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

          Out of the box this snare sounds okay, but when i decided to tune it the stock reso head ripped. Luckily i had extra heads and after replacing both and the wires this thing sounds absolutely incredible! Ive tuned this thing so many different ways and it sounds great at any level. I get compliments everytime i play with the big black BOB and i dont feel guilty leaving my other snares unplayed

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding Snare Drum

          By Joey

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

              Bought this and used it at a gig the same night. Didn't even change the tuning from the way the store had it, it already sounded great. Very glad I bought this.

              The stock batter head is pretty weak if you play heavy. I nearly put a hole in it after just a half hour of playing.

              It has a nice metallic tone characteristic of metal drums, but I don't think it is too terribly bright.

              Huge volume potential. Rimshots are very fun to play with this drum.

              Very sensitive too. Ghost notes simply sound the way they should, defined yet unobtrusive.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect pitch from top to bottom.

              By The guy writing this review.

              from Canton, Georgia

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

              It takes me back to the days of listening to Led Zeppelin. This thing sounds almost identical to my "Ludwig Black Beauty Snare". If I would have known how closely they resemble, I wouldn't have spent the original $580 on my "Ludwig Black Beauty". This drum has a perfect pitch from hi to low. It hits you in the chest like a cannon. The wire torque switch gives you an unusual difference in sound by turning it left to right. It can sound very tight "or" very open, or somewhere perfectly in middle. It also looks astonishing. In the picture the drum just looks black but the picture is deceiving. In person the paint is awesome while it looks like polished meteorite, the stuff meteors are made out of.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This thing is a CANNON

              By AustinIsalwaysWright

              from Pulaski, TN

              Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

              I received this drum slightly used from a friend, and it sounds amazing. I play hardcore and it delivers. It cuts through just about anything. If your a drummer looking for a lot of power, then this is definitely the snare for you. But don't think its only used for power, it can be used for any type of music. This is the best snare I've owned, and I've had quite a few, and I didn't even get this new. So I certainly recommended it.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great snare

              By zach-zcy3.

              from godfrey illinois

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

              I did a trade in for this thing at guitar center last march. I traded my 6x14 Gmaple in for it and don't regret it at all. Like others have said it really does have a wide tuning range to it it can go from deep and fat to high and earspliting just like that. If using a double ply head moongel isn't really needed unlike some other guys have said. Iused a coated emperor on mine and that pretty much eliminated any overtones , I just got a warm high end crack with body

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Nice looking drum, rather cheap production

              By Brian

              from Rochester, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Classic Look

              Cons

              • Poorly Made

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                I'll start off by saying the look of this drum is pretty sweet. The throw-off, snares and heads are below average at best though. When I received this drum, it came warped from the manufacture and there was a dent near the badge. Muscians Friend immediatetly sent a return label for an exchange and was very helpful during this transaction. While waiting for the drum to return to Musicians Friend, I went to a local music shop that had this drum on display. Their drum was also warped, so I opted for my money back instead. Two examples was enough for me! I was hoping for an affordable brass snare for performing live, as the reviews are numerous and positive. Unfortunately I didn't have the same experience. I'd suggest comparing other drum companies snares in the same price range before buying this one. I ended up purchasing a brass snare from another comapny in the same price range and the difference was incredible.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Snare

                By JPEGASUS

                from Pensacola, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    Other than the stock head being absolute garbage, I have no complaints about this thing. It's warm, loud, and full.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Unbelievable

                    By GB9000

                    from Milwaukee, WI

                    About Me Novice

                    See all my reviews

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                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    Was shopping around for a snare and chose BOB after reading a million amazing reviews and here goes another one. I LOVE this drum. It's great for the price but I could have paid double and I'd say the same thing. Can be used for almost any kind of music and boy does it stand out. I put an Evans ST dry coated for the batter, hazy 300 snare side and some puresound blasters on immediately and I got that crack I've wanted. This thing sounds great loud! Should be in every drummers arsenal.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    awesome

                    By zach-zcy3.

                    from godfrey illinois

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    I just swapped my 6x14 G-maple for this snare yesterday at my guitar center and am not regretting it in the least. It sounded awesome with just the stock batter head which looked to be a coated ambassador. I slapped on an evans HD later last night and this thing just kills. Great tone, sensitive and LOUD, Trust me when I say this snare is in your face. I noticed some guys put die cast hoops on it and I'll probably try that eventually, But right now it sounds great as it is.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Can't go wrong!

                    By Kickbass

                    from York, PA

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    I've owned this snare for a couple months now and let me say it is well worth the money. Although its a knockoff of another popular snare out there you can't beat BOB I play all styles of music and it works for all of them great cut and tone. For what you are paying for this snare it is unbelievible.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    GOOD SNARE FOR A GOOD PRICE.

                    By Chris Maynard

                    from TORONTO,CANADA

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    She's a keeper, I would recommend the Big Black Brass Snare Drum to a friend.....
                    In short, I wanted to buy a Ludwig 402 but, since I don't have that kind of cash I was seeking a less expensive alternative. Therefore, after a little homework I came with the Black Brass Pork Pie. I was skeptikal regarding the outcome but, I am happy to report that I dig this snare. When it arrived I tuned it up right away with the shipped heads (you will most likely want to change the heads)... The verdict after tuning, I found this snare to have a nice warm full body with a decent crack (doesn't cut like the 402 but still worth the savings)... It has a nice ring but totally managable with a moon gel or possibly head change if your not into that...

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    hog heaven

                    By bjaminballard

                    from vancouver

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    I don't know what to say. This thing rocked right out of the box. with stock hoops, stock strands, stock heads. I upgraded to Evans heads, die cast hoops, pure sound strands, and ooo man, this thing pops! Pro sound for a good price. !!!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    just bought it

                    By Mike-QQ029

                    from cincinnati

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    I just bought this snare and it really is a great sounding drum , I played this and many others at a local shop and for the money its hard to beat . It sounds just like a black beauty, and rivals if not sounds better than drums that cost 2-3 times as much , a great value if you are looking for a brass snare to play rock music on...worth every penny

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Drum!

                    By A. Wright

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    Comments about Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare Drum with Tube Lugs and Chrome Hardware:

                    This is a great snare drum! For the price, you can't beat it. Looks great, sounds great.... It adds a lot of character to your kit. It has tons of range, sounds VERY similar to the black beauty after comparing, and it's possibly my favorite of 9 snares. I highly recommend this drum!

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