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Brady 6.5x14 Elm Burl Satin Jarrah Ply Snare Drum  From Brady

Celebrated not only for their distinctive sounds, Brady’s Ply Drums enhance the aesthetic appeal of the instrument with a stunning range of exotic timber finishes, certain to keep these drums at the top of the "most wanted" list for the discerning drum collector.

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Brady's most popular and versatile choice is the Jarrah ply drum. It has a great balance of attack, body, and warmth. Great sounds can be achieved whether it is tuned high or low.

The shells are all beautifully finished inside and out with 45º bearing edges. The ply drum shells are about ¼" thick, without reinforcing rings, and are unlike anyone else's as they are not cross laminated. Instead, Brady is one of the few companies where all the plies are laid horizontally, glued and bent in a dry mould. Because all the plies run in the same direction, the drums produce a sound quality very close to that of single-ply solid shell drums. This snare drum has ten of Brady's custom double-ended tube lugs. They are heavier than traditional tube lugs but add a nice and subtle compression to the shell that minmizes some overtones. This drum also features stainless steel tension rods have metal washers sandwiched between two leather, shock absorbing washers to avoid metal-to-metal contact and to hold the tuning firm. Complemented with an Elm Burl veneer with a natural satin finish, this snare is a joy to see and play.


Ply Shell Snare Drum Shootout: Brady vs. Sonor Prolite vs. Pork Pie Percussion

SoundPure Drum Expert, Barry Knain, compares three different ply shell snare drums in a blind shootout. In this video, we will showcase Brady, Sonor Prolite, and Pork Pie Percussion snare drums in a full kit setup. Each snare was recorded using a Josephson E22s mic on top and a Shure SM57 mic on bottom. All mics used in this shootout were processed through our Phoenix DRS8 Preamp and Apogee Symphony converter. To get the results, or the high res files to compare for yourself, shoot us an email at Drums@soundpure.com. If you like what you hear, check out this gear at SoundPure.com, or give us a call anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

Manufacturer's Description from Brady

From a superb, woody rim-shot to the clearest pianissimo rolls, a Brady ply shell snare is both dynamic and articulate. Our ply drums have the characteristic volume and projection of the best steel shells, but with a warmth and depth that no metal shell can capture. An expressive instrument with an open, lively sound, our ply shell snare drums respond instantly to even the most subtle stickings.

This drum comes with ten hefty-weight tube lugs and the Trick strainer system. All of the lugs and the vent hole are isolated from the wood shell with neoprene grommets.  The drum has 2.3mm well chromed triple flanged hoops and Remo heads. Coated Ambassador batter with Black Dot underneath and an Ambassador snare side head.

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About Manufacturer

In a copycat world where so much is becoming the same, nothing sounds like a Brady because nothing is built like a Brady.

Chris Brady has never felt the need to duplicate traditional manufacturing techniques used by other established drum manufacturers. Instead, his creations are formed purely on the basis of how a drum should sound - all economic considerations aside.

Corporate entities tend to build drums in their own image, or as replications of what others have done. That’s why Brady has remained relatively small and fiercely independent for 30 years. It‘s essential to who we are. As one of the last autonomous well-known drum companies in the world, we can avoid the bureaucracies and red tape that strangle new and innovative ideas. Perhaps that is why - in a world of homogenized instruments - Brady drums are so remarkably, refreshingly different.

From our workshop in rural Western Australia, Chris and his team painstakingly handcraft magnificent native hardwoods into shells of unprecedented sound and quality. Here, craftsmanship is elevated to a fine art form by handcrafting shells into three different styles of construction, each in a class by itself: Ply, Block and Solid.

Chris’ formula for our diverse collection involves a timber’s grain structure, hardness, shell thickness, shell diameter, shell depth and - of course - the unique acoustical characteristics of each of our Australian hardwoods, coupled with the construction method of the shell itself.

Through the use of relatively unknown indigenous Australian timbers and Chris' progressive approach to drum design, we are proud to offer you an exquisite range of drums, created for the discerning musician to enjoy.

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