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Tama Metalworks Steel Snare Drum   

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With a 1.2mm uniformly lathed steel shell, cool black nickel hardware, and a classy metal emblem, the Tama Metalworks Steel Snare Drum projects a sop...Click To Read More About This Product

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A snare with power, poise, and authority.

With a 1.2mm uniformly lathed steel shell, cool black nickel hardware, and a classy metal emblem, the Tama Metalworks Steel Snare Drum projects a sophisticated look and powerful sound. An Evans Power Center Reverse Dot drum head provides great tone and projection.

  • 1.2mm steel-shell snare drum
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Triple-flanged hoops
  • Equipped with Evans "Power Center Reverse Dot" on the batter side

Order today and take command of a room!


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Most Liked Positive Review


Outstanding drum for great price!

I started this quest when I heard the Pearl Joey Jordison snare drum (same size) being played in a local music store. I contacted Pearl and wanted that size snare, minus the Joey...Read complete review

I started this quest when I heard the Pearl Joey Jordison snare drum (same size) being played in a local music store. I contacted Pearl and wanted that size snare, minus the Joey endorsement and the Slipknot logos all over the snare shell. Pearl refused to make this size snare without the Slipknot logos. I did some research and ran across this drum, made by Tama. This snare drum blows the Joey Jordison snare out of the music room. The Metalworks has more bite, volume, pitch, and overall effect! Plus it comes with awesome drum heads by Evans and a rich leather bag with very thick cloth foamy padding inside! The thing that impresses me the most about this drum is the actual color of it. Overall I?m extremely happy with the snare. I?m mixing it with DW drums and Zildjian cymbals. I was very hesitant about mixing brands of drums but it looks really awesome with the kit. It has such a neutral color look to it, that it would match any drum kit with no problem! Hopefully you find this review helpful.


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Solid, but not my favorite sound

I bought this snare for a church kit because the two wood snares I would have rather bought were out of stock. The snare is built well and sounds ok, but I don't love...Read complete review

I bought this snare for a church kit because the two wood snares I would have rather bought were out of stock. The snare is built well and sounds ok, but I don't love the sound. It's just kind of a snare drum, nothing great about it. I will probably be replacing it with a nicer wood snare soon.

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Great for the price

By Jon Zella

from New York

The only problems I had were very small ones; the straps that hold the snares on both ripped for whatever reason but that was a 50 fix for new ones (string works the best if this happens to anyone else). Another was the small ringing sound that you get, but someone else already touched on that and can be easily fixed with a moongel and/or a few pieces of ducked tape. The paint on the hoops has also been chipping pretty good where I've been hitting it, but that's to be expected.

Overall this a great drum. After a year of recording and gigging with it I've received plenty of compliments on how good it sounds. Finding that right tunning that you like and that sounds good with your style of music may take a while but it is worth it when you get the right sound.


Awesome snare, great value!

By *MapexTT*

from Bridgewater, VA

After tuning this snare and putting an Evans ST Dry head on, you won't find a better sounding drum. Hardware has a great finish, and is very high quality. The only problem I had was both of the stock snare holding ribbons eventually broke. Replaced them with heavy plastic Gibralter straps and haven't had an issue since. I went with the 13"x6.5" model, and love the deep notes it creates. Great Buy!


Classic made Modern

By TamaThunder

from Battle Creek, MI

The Tama Metalworks snare drum is everything you would expect it to be. The finish is flawless and the black nickel hardware gives it a nice touch. The gig bag is nice and fits well; although I would get a nice hard case if you are doing any serious travel with it. It also comes with a Tama drum key (MF Part # 449239) which, oddly enough, get rave reviews for a key.When this drum arrived the heads were tensioned just enough to make sure they were seated well. It rings like a gong until you tighten things up a bit. I also readjusted the snare wires as I could not loosen them up enough to get a stick underneath to keep them off the snare head for tuning. I found that I needed to tune the drum quite high to the response I was looking for - which is okay for me because I normally tension my snare drums that way. I chose the 6x14 model and am very pleased with it. If you are looking for a good general purpose snare that looks good and doesn?t break the bank, this is an excellent choice. I?ve played Tama for 25 years and they always deliver a great product. I would have rated this drum a perfect 5 stars but I am not sure about the plastic washers on the tuning lugs (I?m fairly certain they used plastic to protect the black nickel hardware). I think they will be fine once the drum settles in and the heads have been tensioned for a while but just in case I?ll be looking around for some black metal washers to replace them with.


best in its class

By ryanbleedesblue

from RMT, NC

Got it for my birthday, i had a 14 inch steel snare that came with the original kit but it was unreliable.The snare has an awesome pop to it and the color is just gorgeous and one of a kind. I usually dont like tama, but if they keep making stuff like this i might have to reconsider. The case is awesome too.


Great Snare

By OOKepha

from South Texas

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I just got the 6 1/2 by 13 snare not to long ago and it sounds awesome. It sounds great with the reverse dot head it comes with but I replaced it with a G2 because that is my preference and I like a little ring in my snare. This snare not only looks awesome but it has a nice crack to it. It is very responsive and it cuts through very nice. Not bad for the price either.


2nd Chance for Metalworks

By Alex N Chainz

from Kansas City, MO.

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I had recently purchased and wrote a review on a used, in Like New condition, Metalworks snare drum that was terribly flawed. Either the drum had been dropped or it was defective the moment it left the Tama factory. As it turned out, the shell was out of round badly, so whether it was dropped or defective I don't know but I was offered a very good deal from Musicians Friend to replace the flawed Metalworks snare with a new 6.5x14 Metalworks snare, which I gladly agreed to. Now, having a new Metalworks, I can objectively review it. It's features are excellent and the drum looks great in a dark, industrial sort of way, just like it's advertised, however, it's not the best quality drum and being mass produced it does seem like the drum was slapped together in no time, little disappointed about that. The top hoop/rim on the new drum I received was slightly dented in one area and the bag it came with had two slight puncture holes in it. Anyway, I will overlook those slight imperfections because it's a very good sounding snare drum and I was amazed how full and deep it still sounded when it was tuned high. It has a good tuning range and has excellent articulation. I noticed it did have a little snare buzz at low volume due to the shallow snare beds but that can be eliminated easily by slightly detuning the 4 tension rods closest to the snare wires on each side. It doesn't have a nasty ring to it and only needs one moon gel or other minor dampening to lessen the ring. It's a fairly heavy drum, weighing about 8-9 lbs. It's very comparable in sound vs. my 6.5x14 Pearl Sensitone bronze snare and being a steel shell, it can be loud. This snare bites, in a good way! I'm glad I purchased the Metalworks, it was worth giving it a 2nd Chance.


Great Drum

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been playing drums since the fourth grade and once i was getting really serious about drums i wanted a good snare, this is such a good drum it goes from soft to loud with great tone and awesome looks. overall an amazing drum


My favorite snare

By moldyman

from Washington

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I bought the 6.5x14 version of this snare to replace the one that came with my Rockstar kit. And I love it! Not only is it powerful, it's also sensitive too, so it can be played by jazz drummers using brushes or alternative drummers who might need to be a bit quieter than metal folk.Two things, though. One, like other reviewers have mentioned, it does go out of tune pretty fast. Just do a quick checkup before any performance. Two, use single ply coated heads for the batter, unless you're an extremely heavy hitter. Without muffling, the steel in the drum rings nicely, somewhat similar to birch if you tune it high. If you use a muffling ring and tune it in the medium range, it cracks loudly.Make no mistake, this snare will be heard.


this incredible drum

By Ellis j

from OHio

I own this snare drum because it has a unique sound and it really gives the music a different edge. i play gospel/r&b and this snare works for that style even though it is made for metal/ rock drummers! AWESOME DRUM



By MetalDrummer666-DhI9F

from Undisclosed

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I bought this snare drum when I got my Joey Jordison kit. I wanted a good snare, and I knew Tama makes good drums. I had tried several different drums and I liked the Tama the most. It was a bit pricey, but well worth it. The only complaint I have is the head. It has worn out after a year, but then again, I play it all the time, and I guess heads only last that long. Good buy, good cutting sound, and amazing look. YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED.

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