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Tama Vintage Hammered Steel Snare Drum 14 x 5.5 in.

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Tama's SLP Vintage Hammered Steel snare features a 1.2mm hammered steel shell that adds tonal complexity, depth and dryness to the typical&...Click To Read More About This Product

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A steel snare that offers a hammered appearance and a more complex tone.

Tama's SLP Vintage Hammered Steel snare features a 1.2mm hammered steel shell that adds tonal complexity, depth and dryness to the typical bright and penetrating sound of Tama's steel shell. The more complex tones are generated from the way sound waves asymmetrically reflect off the hammered shell texture. 

However, the innovations don't stop at the tone and appearance. Tama's work on identifying the ideal snare sound led them to develop the new hardware like the "Sound Arc" Hoops which add sustain and a fuller frequency response. Hearty brass tube lugs will ensure a long lifespan for your tension rods, as well as your tune. And finally, the Super Sensitive Hi-Carbon Steel Snappy snares will emphasize needed punch and attack, as needed.

  • Configuration
  • Snare Size: 14" x 5-1/2"
  • Total Pieces: 1
  • Extras
  • Case or Bag: Not Applicable
  • Stand: Not Applicable
  • Shells
  • Shell Material: Steel
  • Shell Construction: Seamless
  • Shell Thickness (mm): 1.2
  • Bearing Edge: 45°
  • Reinforcement Ring: Yes
  • Hardware
  • Hardware Material: Steel
  • Hoop Type: Triple-flange
  • Lugs: Tube
  • Throw-Off: Tap-Style
  • Internal muffler: No
  • Snares: Steel Carbon
  • Other
  • Heads: Branded
  • Finish Type: Polished
  • Country of Origin: China

A traditional-style snare with a hammered exterior. Order today!


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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great bang for the buck


from New York metro

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  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Jazz Clubs

    Comments about Tama Vintage Hammered Steel Snare Drum:

    Pre-ordered this because I had some extra gig money that I wanted to spend. Arrived by UPS on my way out the door to rehearsal, so I took it with me for an instant trial by fire.

    Of course out of the box it sounded like a garbage can, but the included "fancy" Tama drum key got things in relatively good order quickly.

    Looks: just as you see in the photos. Very nice looking drum with a matte finish on the hammered shell contrasted nicely with the chrome hardware. High quality Evans heads round it out (G1 on top).

    Sound: going in I figured it would be a typical steel snare sound and would fit in as a nice compromise between my 5 1/2" maple and 6 1/2" steel snares. While it certainly fits that role, the drum isn't as "ringy" as a typical steel drum. Not sure if it's the hammered she'll, or the rims, but it's a fairly controlled sound. Still playing with tunings, but that's the first impression. Also, the snare throw off is very nice/smooth, and the snares themselves are very sensitive.

    My only question is regarding the rims which are similar to any other triple flanged rims, except that the upper bend folds inward toward the center of the head rather than outward. The immediate and obvious benefit is that your sticks will last longer if you bash a lot of rimshots. Tama claims that these rims help focus the sound....hmmm ok...maybe. My concern is that the inner folding bend will allow a lot of debris (drumstick shavings, dust, dirt, gunk) to accumulate under the rim and between the rim and head.

    Other than that, it's a great sounding and looking drum. Nice rimshots, good side stick sound, and fairly focused sound for a steel drum in that size. At this price it's a pretty good bargain too if you're looking to expand your snare quiver. If you already own a 5 1/2 x 14 steel snare, I'd skip it, but if not by all means pick it up. It's a high quality snare that looks and sounds great.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Follow up review...

    By NYJayhawk

    from Nueva York


    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive


      Best Uses

        Comments about Tama Vintage Hammered Steel Snare Drum:

        Having played this drum for the past few months, I wanted to post a follow up. Still a great drum, well made, great attention to detail.

        I do have one minor (very minor) issue with this drum....but it might actually be a benefit to some others.

        Apparently the hammering or the weight of the shell itself really does dampen and dry the sound of this drum. After playing a high volume gig recently, I started playing with tuning to try and open the drum up more, and couldn't get it to ring out as much as similarly sized steel drum. In fact, I was at a group jam last weekend, and listened to it while another drummer was using it so I could hear it from the audience perspective, and it confirmed that I still haven't found that big, ringy sound with it.

        That being said, it's still a great sounding snare, and would probably be a great drum to record with. I also still need to play with different heads and tensions, and might still find the sweet spot.

        Nevertheless, for now, and based on about 40 years of playing and tuning experience, the one sound that I haven't found on this drum is that big, ringy, timbale-like snare sound. Maybe it's in there and I haven't found it yet. In any case, if you really want a nice tight and controlled snare, this thing can certainly fit that role.

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